All about the Lake District

Not only does the Lake District attract over 16 million visitors each month but the region is also home to Windermere, England’s longest lake and a choice of romantic Windermere cottages to choose from.

Owned by the National Trust, the Lake District National Park has 16 major lakes and Windermere is 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.

The Lake District boasts a wide choice of luxury Windermere cottages to choose from. 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.

Weekend cottage 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 romantic Windermere cottage in plenty of time, as they get particularly busy in summer.

Enjoy plenty of attractions in 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.