One of the best places to visit in the Springtime, the Lake District in the North West of England is the country’s largest National Park.
Wholly located within Cumbria, the Lake District is best known for its fells and peaceful lakeside villages and towns, and becomes a popular destination in the Spring for its cottage stays and mild climate. What, then, are some of the best things to see on a trip to the Lake District, and what are some of the best activities to participate in?
Things to See
One of the main attractions of the Lake District are the lakes themselves, which can be walked around and crossed by boat; among these, Lake Windermere and Lake Derwent are typically the most popular. You can also explore the local towns around the District, which include Grasmere and Ambleside. Other sights to see include the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, the Honister Slate Mine, and Moot Hall in Keswick.
Ambleside is also home to Hill Top, a working farm once owned by children’s author Beatrix Potter. Keswick provides access to the Castlerigg Stone Circle, while Grasmere includes Dove Cottage, home at one time to the English poet William Wordsworth. Carlisle, Cumbria’s county town, is worth visiting for its Gothic cathedral, and is a good place to start a trip. Muncaster Castle and the World Owl Trust are similarly recommended for trips.
Perhaps the most popular activity in the Lake District is fell walking around the area’s rocky peaks - there are about 214 fells in the Lake District, which can be navigated alone or as part of guided tours - recommended if the weather isn’t great. Boating trips can also be taken out across the Lakes; look into the Ullswater Steamer and the Keswick Launch for more information. When not climbing or walking, you can also take in local pubs and food markets, while staying in stone holiday cottages in the Lake District.
Family activities around the Lake District notably include the Go Ape adventure centre in Grizedale Forest, as well as the World in Miniature Museum in Carlisle, and the Greystone Castle Estate in Ullswater. The Cumberland Pencil Museum also comes recommended, as does Eden Ostrich World in Langwathby, and the Bowness on Windermere Treasure Hunt.
Things to Remember
You can arrive at the Lake District by train from Windermere and Carlisle, and can approach by road via the M6 - flights also arrive at Blackpool, where you can connect to trains and buses. If deciding to go fell walking and climbing, make sure that you have an up to date map, as well as the proper footwear and clothing for bad weather.
Even in the Spring, you can still experience a lot of rain and wind, so check the weather forecast before heading out. Visitor information centres can be found in most large towns. It’s better to book in advance to beat the rush for Spring accommodation; check online for reservations, and decide whether you want to stay within a larger town, or in a more remote location.
Rob James is a well seasoned traveller. He has visited many places around the world, but the British countryside is his favourite place to be. Rob can be found blogging about his travels and things to do that he has discovered along the way.
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