When you’re trying to think of some of the more underrated holiday destinations, or spots that you want to visit because you haven’t reached them yet, it’s easy to think about what’s across the ocean instead of right here in England. However, you could be missing out on one of the most scenic and welcoming spots in Northern England. Here, we’re going to look at why it’s worth taking the time for the Lake District.
The lakes themselves
The Lake District is named so for its wide variety of lakes, including Lake Windemere, a scattering of gorgeous glacial ribbon lakes nestled amongst clusters of forests. There are plenty of ways to explore and see these lakes, whether it’s by the waterside, taking a boat out onto the surface of the lake, from one of the many trails offered by the distinct or even from the air, with flying tours that can offer phenomenal, unmatched views.
Explore the castle
Not all of the sights that the district has to offer are strictly of the natural beauty side of things, either. Muncaster Castle, with its dozens of acres of woodland gardens and the neighbouring village of Ravenglass, has one of the more storied histories you’re likely to find and has often been called the most haunted castle in the UK. As such, taking a tour can be a deeply atmospheric and still educational experience.
Enjoy the best of British hospitality
While the Lake District is a popular spot for visitors, it hasn’t become a complete tourist trap. There are plenty of hotels, B&Bs and camping spots where you can enjoy quiet along with a warm welcome. Finding a good Lake District hotel is all about thinking where, exactly, you want to be situated, and what you might want to see the most. There are also plenty of organised camping sites as well as hostels you can look at, with a rising number of AirBnBs.
Climbing the trails
If you want to experience the breadth and scope of the beauty that the Lake District has to offer, then you best get your hiking boots on. There are plenty of gorgeous trails to be found, whether you want to climb up some of the local peaks to get some fantastic views, or you want to take walks along the lakes that allow for the most serene atmosphere that you can ask for.
A slice of English charm
The Lake District has been an inspiration for many of the artists and creatives who have lived there and few as popular as Beatrix Potter, whose home has been made a property of the National Trust and is now operated as a museum and memorial to the writer and her works, which can be found at Hill Top. The Beatrix Potter trail is an excellent guided walk that looks at how her surroundings served to inspire her many parochially charming works, too.
The Lake District is one of those spots that can get a hold of you when you’ve been once. From its gorgeous landscape to warm welcomes few spots offer what it can.