The Lake District is a mountainous region known for its picturesque lakes and forests in the heart of Cumbria in the North West of England. Find out where to stay and why the Lake District is a must-visit destination all year round.
A tranquil place, the Lake District has been the inspiration for many famous artists and writers. Home to some stunning walking trails and the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike, it was also home to the much-loved children’s writer and illustrator, Beatrix Potter and Britain’s most famous poet, William Wordsworth.
1. Lake Windermere: Hill of Oaks Lodge and Caravan Park
The award-winning Hill of Oaks Lodge and Caravan Park lies on the shores of Lake Windermere, surrounded by ancient woodland. An idyllic setting and the perfect base for woodland walks, this park has private piers for boat launching and offers a choice of lakeside glamping pods and self-catering lodges and apartments.
2. Ullswater: Waterfoot Park
Set in the grounds of a grand Georgian mansion overlooking Ullswater, England's most beautiful lake, lies the award-winning Waterfoot Park. The park offers a wonderful choice of holiday cottages, glamping pods and 'hives' near to the amazing Ullswater Steamers.
3. Lake District National Park: Woodclose Park
Close to the River Lune and the Lake District National Park in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is the multi-award-winning Woodclose Park. Set within a peaceful 9-acres of grounds, this lovely park offers a choice of self-catering accommodation and glamping pods near to several walking and cycling routes.
4. Lake Windermere: Newby Bridge Caravan Park
Surrounded by tranquil woodland near the southern tip of Lake Windermere is Newby Bridge. A quiet and picturesque base for anyone wanting to explore the many walking and cycling routes in the Lake District National Park or water-based activities on the lake.
Things to do in the Lake District
Boat Cruises on Ullswater
One of the best ways to enjoy the Lake District is to take a cruise on Ullswater, which is said to be England’s most beautiful lake. Ullswater Steamers has been taking passengers across the lake with views of the highest mountains to some of the most iconic walking routes in the Lake District National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1855.
Water Sports on Windermere
For those looking for an active holiday, Windermere is the largest lake in Cumbria and offers plenty of water sports including waterskiing, wakeboarding, sailing, canoeing and kayaking. There is also the opportunity to go rock climbing, abseiling and mountaineering plus walking or cycling through a number of forest trails.
History and Heritage
Among the ancient castles and historic houses to visit are Dove Cottage, William Wordsworth’s former home and the gardens where he wrote much of his poetry. Don't miss the reputedly haunted Muncaster Castle, which is set in over 70 acres of landscaped gardens filled with wildlife and wonderful woodland walks.
For families or anyone young at heart, the World of Beatrix Potter is a great day out as is a visit to the author’s former home Hill Top, a time capsule of her life and work now owned by the National Trust.
Windermere and Ullswater are two of the largest lakes in the Lake District and the Lake District National Park is the largest national park in England and Wales. The expanse of breath-taking landscapes and calming water make the Lake District a must-see holiday destination all year round.