The best places to visit in the Lake District, Cumbria

If you are lucky enough to be visiting the Lake District, Cumbria this year, why not take your time to look around and enjoy the stunning scenery and picturesque villages and towns, all within easy reach of each other.

Windermere is a great place to base yourself if you plan to travel around the Lake District. Why not stay in a luxurious cottage for two in Windermere?

Windermere is a beautiful location if you are planning a special celebration or a romantic weekend, and many couples choose to book their wedding or honeymoon close to the lake.

Windermere

Windermere first became known as a ´tourist resort´ when wealthy Victorians began spending weekends and leisure time in the region. They believed that the fresh mountain air was beneficial to their health, and many bought properties in the area – many of which still stand today.

Over the years the small town has merged with Bowness-on-Windermere, even though both places have completely separate centres.

Visitors can catch a train or bus from Windermere Station to most towns in the surrounding area, and the Lakes line connects with Oxenholme, for interchange with the West Coast Main Line.

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre is situated in Bowness, and offers plenty of attractions for all ages.

The town is also home to a great choice of restaurants, country pubs, serving real ales and home-made Cumbrian cuisine. The famous Windermere Steamers at Bowness Bay operate the full length of Windermere.

A short walk from Windermere is Orrest Head, with its stunning views over the lake. This was the first summit in Lakeland visited by famous walker and local writer, Alfred Wainwright.

Luxurious Windermere cottages can be found close to the lake and all the amenities of Bowness Bay?

Buttermere

The small hamlet of Buttermere is situated between the lakes of Buttermere and Crummock Water. Buttermere Lake is owned by the National Trust, and literally means ´the Lake by the dairy pastures.´

The story of the ´Buttermere Beauty´ is legendary in the Lakes. Mary Robinson, the stunning daughter of the Fish Hotel´s landlord, became known as the ´Beauty of Buttermere.´ After turning down many prospective suitors, Mary went on to marry Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Augustus Hope in 1802. Unknown to Mary, he was actually an imposter and a bigamist who was later hanged in Carlisle for forgery.

Grasmere

Grasmere is one of the most visited villages in the Lake District, thanks mainly to Dove Cottage, the former home of William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

The village offers a wide choice of gift shops, restaurants, cafés, tea rooms and pubs, and possibly one of the most famous gingerbread shops in the world, situated at the entrance to St Oswald´s Church.

Most of the houses, shops and hostelries date back to the 19th and early 20th century, and the surrounding farms are even older. The village church dates back to the 13th Century.

William Wordsworth and his much loved sister Dorothy moved into Dove Cottage in 1799 and left in 1808 for larger premises at Allen Bank. They lived here for two years with fellow poet, Samuel Coleridge, moving to the Old Rectory, then Rydal Mount in 1813.

William died in 1850 while out walking, and his simple tombstone can be seen in the churchyard of St Oswald´s Church. A piece of land between the church and the river has also been renovated and turned into a place of peace called the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden, where visitors can purchase a share and have an engraved stone set in the path.