As one of England’s few mountainous regions, the Lake District offers the visitor a wealth of things to do and places to see.
Home to some of the world’s most stunning scenery, the area is a popular draw with caravanners and there are dozens of campsites dotted around which you can call home for a few days or even weeks.
Though many visit the area to climb its numerous peaks and walk around its stunning lakes, there are many other, more gentle, pastimes to be enjoyed.
Here’s some suggestions you can follow to make the most out of the area. We offer a few campsite suggestions too.
Hill Top Farm
- Hill Top Farm: This building is rated as the most visited literary property in the Lake District. It was bought in 1905 by Beatrix Potter and was the inspiration of many of her tales. The house – now owned by the National Trust – remains today exactly as she left it, with each room containing something that appeared in her famous books. www.nationaltrust.org.uk
- Tarn Hows: one of the most popular disabled sites in the Lake District and also one of its most treasured possessions. Tarn Hows is three lakes made into one. Several walks are signed, and one that takes you around the lake itself is less than two miles in length and is easy walking. It’s an ideal place for dogs too – particularly if they’re partial to a cooling dip in the water! www.nationaltrust.org.uk
- Hawkshead: Just a couple of miles from the Lake Windermere, Hawkshead is a picture-postcard village of great character surrounded by a variety of walks and mountains. Like other parts of the Lake District you’ll see many of the houses are painted white – this is because houses and farms used to be treated with red lead and then limewashed, which whitens, to keep out the damp. Many homeowners today continue this look by using white paint. www.hawkshead-village.co.uk
Aquarium of the Lakes
- Aquarium of the Lakes: If you’ve got the kids with you, then they’ll love this new attraction, based at Lakeside in Newby Bridge, Cumbria. It boasts more than 30 displays featuring the UK’s largest collection of fresh water fish as well as other creatures such as otters and diving ducks. While there, why not experience the Virtual Dive Bell where interactive technology allows visitors to seemingly come face to face with a terrifying shark, a crocodile performing a death roll on its prey and a hippo that looks set to charge. Prepare to be scared. www.aquariumofthelakes.co.uk
- Jennings Brewery: After all that Lakeland walking, it’s time for a much-needed tipple. Established way back in 1828, you can visit this brewery and enjoy a tour to see how its real ales are brewed, using pure Lakeland water which is drawn from its own well. The brewery is based in the historic town of Cockermouth, where the rivers Cocker and Derwent merge. www.jenningsbrewery.co.uk
Staying in the Lake District? Here are some campsite suggestions.
Wasdale National Trust Campsite, Wasdale Head. Telephone: 01946 726220.
The Croft Touring Caravan and Camping Site, Hawkshead. Telephone: 01539 436374.
Lakeland Leisure Park, Flookburgh. Telephone 01539 558556.