With the cost of holidays abroad going up and more people looking to go away for long weekends, it is no surprise that many of us are choosing to holiday in the UK.
One of the most popular holiday locations in the country is Cumbria – in particular the Lake District. Holidaying in The Lakes can be affordable and enjoyable, with so many great places to stay, such as the cottages rented by LakeLovers, and so many things to do for all of the family. Here are our top five activities to consider doing when you take a trip to The Lakes.
Ullswater has been voted as England’s most beautiful lake. A fleet of four steam boats offers visitors the chance to take in not only stunning views but some of the best walks the Lake district has to offer. With docks at Pooley Bridge, Howtown and Glenridding, visitors can hop on and off with a day ticket and visit each village individually. There are also a number of lakeside walks between the ports so visitors can make the most of the lake on foot, as well as by water.
Situated in Troutbeck in the North Lakes, Rookin House is the area’s premier equestrian and activity centre, offering numerous activities from pony trekking and quad bike riding to archery, clay pigeon shooting and fishing. This location is ideal for families and larger groups, offering generous rates all year round and full day packages where visitors can try their hand at up to six different activities throughout the day. For information on Rookin House, it is worth checking their website as many of the attractions come with height or age restrictions. For adults, there are numerous group activities and this place in particular is suitable for corporate events or parties.
The Lake District is synonymous with walkers and, with so much stunning countryside to navigate, you can see why. Those who choose to follow the Wainwright walks are in for a treat with routes of different lengths and difficulty across more than 42 peaks. Some of the most popular walks in the region include the route from Buttermere to Rannerdale, which includes what many believe is the most photographed forest in the country. For those interested in stargazing, the low air pollution in the Lake District makes this one of the ideal locations to spot constellations.
A day at the races
For the more sporty amongst the Lake Districts visitors, why not head for a day at the races in Cartmel. The historic course boasts top quality equine action throughout the summer months and is an integral part of the racing calendar.
Dine in style
The Lake District is home to some of the finest places to eat in the country. Traditional pubs grace the countryside, offering delicious fare all year round. For the more discerning visitor, there is a wide selection of Michelin-starred restaurants, including Simon Rogan’s two star offering, L’Enclume, which champions local and seasonal produce. Most of the pubs in the Lake District feature on walking and cycling routes and act as the perfect pit stops. One of the most popular is the Royal Oak in Braithwaite, which is not only famous for its hot chocolate but its proximity to Scotsdale campsite, which is one of the region’s most popular camping spots.