All about the Lake District

The Lake District in Cumbria attracts over 16 million visitors a year and boasts some of the UK’s most stunning scenery.

Owned by the National Trust, the Lake District National Park has 16 major lakes, the largest of which is Windermere at 10.5 miles long. The Lake District is also home to the three highest mountains in England - Scafell Pike, Scafell, Helvellyn and Ill Crag, which are all over 3,000 feet high. Some Cumbrian towns are situated on the coast, and visitors flock to the resorts of Maryport, Whitehaven and Ravenglass to combine a beach holiday with the dramatic scenery of the Lake District.

Wherever you stay in the Lake District you find a wide choice of luxury self-catering cottages, boutique hotels, spa hotels and romantic suites to choose from. If you plan to spend a holiday in the Lake District on a tight budget, check out the hostels and bed and breakfast accommodation in the area. The Lake District is the perfect place for a quiet weekend break, a family holiday or a romantic weekend, and attractions include: boating on Windermere, museums and heritage centres, kid´s attractions, including Go Ape at Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead and in Whinlatter Forest Park at Keswick, which offers an adventure playground high above the forest canopy.

A wide range of attractions in the Lake District include horse racing in Cartmel, rock climbing in Great Langdale, horse riding in Keswick, swimming in Windermere, boating at Ullswater and visiting the Beatrix Potter Attraction and the Lakes Aquarium in Bowness. Whether you fancy a quiet time in the lakes, enjoying the scenery, and the landscapes, or you want to enjoy some real-life adventure, you will find a vast range of attractions to suit all tastes and budgets.

Spa breaks and weekend breaks in the Lake District are popular all year round, and wherever you choose to go in the lakes, you will find a wide choice of accommodation to suit your requirements in Windermere, Bowness, Coniston, Keswick, Kendal, Cockermouth, Penrith or Grasmere. The Lake District is also the perfect location to hold a wedding reception, and if you are planning a wedding or honeymoon in the Lake District, book your hotel in plenty of time, as they get particularly busy in summer.

Windermere is the longest lake in England at 10.5 miles, and you can enjoy plenty of attractions in nearby Bowness Bay. If you are planning your first visit to the Lake District, buy a map of the area, or pick one up from a tourist information centre when you arrive, and plan your trip. The Lake District is easily accessible from Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle Airports, and the M6 enables easy access to visitors from other parts of England.

If you are interested in the history and culture of the Lake District, visit the Honister Slate Mine, which teaches visitors about the slate quarrying industry, which was one of the main industries in the Lake District from the 1700s, or take a trip to the Threlkeld Mining Museum near Keswick, which provides a unique insight into the work and lives of men who worked in the mining industry from the early years.

Whether plan to stay in Windermere, Keswick, Kendal, Cockermouth, Penrith, Coniston, Grasmere or any other part of the Lake District, you won´t fail to be impressed by the incredible choice of luxury cottages, romantic cottages, spa hotels, boutique hotels, gourmet restaurants, country pubs, museums, stately homes and annual events in the area. The Lake District lives up to its name as being the most popular National Park in England.