The Lake District is a National Park situated in the North West of England, in the county of Cumbria. It covers over 900 square miles and its diverse and dramatic landscape makes it a popular destination for holidaymakers from all over the world. 500 million years of geology have created an area of mountainous craggy peaks in the north and central areas, with more gentle valleys and lowlands in the south of the region.
The Lake District is home to the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike, at 978 metres high, and the deepest lake, Wastwater at 74 metres deep, making it ideal for sailing, fishing and diving. It is easy to see why this wild and romantic landscape has provided the inspiration for writers, poets and artists for centuries.
Every visit provides the opportunity for a new adventure with new places to explore and endless things to see and do.
With 26 miles of Atlantic coastline, the climate in the lake district is generally mild and wet, but very changeable. During the summer months, it is usual to experience ‘four seasons in a day’, but this is what makes the landscape what it is, and is part of the enduring charm of a visit to the Lakes. But the weather should never get in the way of the fun! There are walks suitable for all ages and abilities, from gentle riverside and woodland strolls, such as the walks around Derwentwater and Windermere with country pubs, inns and cafes along the way to the more challenging peaks of Helvellyn and Grisedale Pike. Although there are 16 bodies of water, Bassenthwaite is the only true lake in the area. Nevertheless, this provides plenty of opportunities for fun on the water including canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, or yachting.
As well as the endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, the Lake District has plenty on offer for those looking for a more relaxing pace. There are stately homes and gardens to explore; farms, zoos and animal sanctuaries to enjoy, charming villages and towns to discover, and plenty of pubs and restaurants where you can just sit back and enjoy some fine local fare.
The Lake District welcomes over 15 million visitors every year and is famous for its range of accommodation, which has developed to suit the needs of every type of holiday and short break imaginable. Whatever type of break you are planning, from cheap and cheerful to smart boutique style, you will be spoilt for choice in the Lakes. For families, couples, groups of friends and even individual adventure seekers you are sure to find a range of accommodation types to suit your style and budget. Many self catered cottages are pet friendly and within walking distance of popular walks, or, if you prefer to get closer to nature, campsites in the Lake District now offer fabulous eco friendly facilities. For a camping experience with a difference, how about a gypsy caravan, a yurt or even a log cabin complete with hot tub.
Wherever you are staying in the Lakes, you will not be far from the culinary delights of local pubs, inns and restaurants, serving up the finest in locally sourced produce. The area has its fair share of award winning restaurants including L’Enclume in Cartmel, and the Samling at Windermere.
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