The Lake District, also known as the Lakes or Lakeland, is a mountainous region in North West England. Trains run from London Euston to Oxenholme in Cumbria where I picked up my rented car because all the cars were fully booked elsewhere! Next time, I would suggest renting a car from a major nearby city such as Leeds or Newcastle to then drive to the Lakes. Like most tourists, I stayed in Windermere where you can easily park on the roadside overnight.
Note: Never trust the weather forecast! The weather can change continuously throughout the day.
Here are my top 6 recommendations:
- See lake Windermere by catching a ferry ride from Bowness-on-Windermere. Here you can also visit Beatrix Potter’s World and its gardens which was displayed at the world’s famous Chelsea flower show in London. As well as have lunch at the beautiful Angel Inn!
- Have fun at Brockhole on their tree-top adventure
- Take a walk around Fell Foot Park with its unique boathouse cafe and shop
- Stop by Newby Bridge for the beautiful Swan hotel and spa. Enjoy a tea outside if the weather is nice or admire the typically British interior design.
- Visit Coniston and Coniston Water (another lake) where you can do all sorts of water activities and pass by lovely houses with well kept gardens
- Sign up to the ‘best of the lakes’ mountain goat tour so you don’t have to stress when driving through supposedly two way roads! No joke, the roads were so narrow you spend a lot of time reversing because there isn’t any other way. Plus this tour allows you to cover a lot of the Lake District in one day starting from 9am to 530pm.
You will enjoy:
- The Langdales & Blea Tarn – Dramatic scenery and views of the Langdale Pikes.
- Castlerigg Stone Circle – Walk around the 4000 year old circle, surrounded by fells.
- Wastwater – The deepest lake in England, voted ‘Britain’s Favourite view’.
- Ennerdale, Loweswater, Crummock Water and Buttermere – Untouched and unspoilt lakes with more sheep than people.