Holiday Cottages In The Lake District

Lake District Panorama

Lake District Panorama

For holiday makers looking for a rural break here in the UK, The Lake District offers some stunning panoramic scenery, with great walking routes. There are plenty of Lake District cottages to choose from when looking for accommodation in the Lakeland area.

There are of course, many campsites, hotels and bed and breakfasts, but many visitors to this part of England prefer to rent one of the many luxurious self catering cottages in the Lake District thus offering a more relaxed holiday in a cosy home from home.

Lakeland

Lakeland

Fell Walking in The Lake District

The Lake District is synonymous with fell walking and it is a most rewarding way to experience the rolling countryside and beautiful panorama of the lakes.

Whilst fell walking in the Lake District can be a hugely enjoyable experience, walkers should be prepared and aware of how quickly the weather conditions can change on the hills and valleys. Weather can deteriorate quickly, especially in winter months so advice from local tourist information or tour guides should be sought if you’re not used to the area.

There are some great family outings to be had over at Catbells by Derwent Water. The views are of the surrounding Keswick fells are fantastic. Another great walking route is across Loughrigg Fell that lies between Grasmere and Ambleside, definitely one of the most idyllic parts of the Lake District. For many though, just a simple walk along the lower lying fells is enough to satisfy the appetite of many walkers on holiday. Quiet routes with equally tranquil and panoramic views include the north side of Skiddaw, or the fells around Shap.

By far the most talked about spot in the Lake District is Scafell Pike. Scafell Pike is England’s highest point rising to 978m (3209ft). It is a popular place for the more experienced and fit walkers. There are some taxing but beautiful walks around Scafell Pike and great care should be taken when attempting to climb to the top- not for a casual walk!

Lake Windemere

Lake Windemere

Other Attractions

If the thought of walking leaves you cold, why not consider exploring the Lake District by bicycle! There are some truly stunning cycling routes in and around the Lakes. For the mountain bikers there are some taxing off-road and forest trails with cycle hire companies catering for families and couples who just fancy a leisurely cycle around the country trails. For safer family routes visitors may find Whinlatter Forest to the north-west of Keswick and Grizedale Forest to the west of Windermere perfect spots. For the more advanced cyclist there is Skiddaw or even a trip to the summit and back down again could offer a memorable experience!

Other popular pastimes in the Lake District include Go Ape for climbing, horse riding, paragliding and for the less active, the Lake District is bestowed with some lovely quaint towns with great shopping to while away the afternoon.

But of course, one of the bet ways to experience the Lakes is  to actually spend time on the water itself. All manor of water sports and activities can be enjoyed on the larger ‘Lakes’ (Ullswater, Windermere and Derwent Water) which all have regular boat services and where self-drive motor boats and rowing boats can also be hired.

Lakeland Cottage

Lakeland Cottage

Other activities include exploring the Lakes by canoe, dinghies, windsurfing and rowing boats can be launched from various national Trust and public launch sites. A warning to all bathers though, as with many lakes, bathing and paddling should only be done where adults are present and with great care as as the water depth can suddenly increase and the temperature drop causing great difficulty for swimming back to shore.

To summarise, there are some great activies in this truly beautiful part of England, and the area is ideal for a UK holiday or even a weekend break. There are plenty of places to stay and explore such as: Ambleside, Keswick, Bassenthwaite, Borrowdale, Braithwaite, Caldbeck, Vale of Lorton and holiday cottages are one of the most popular choices of holiday accommodation in the Lake District.

For more information on Lake District self catering holiday cottages visit the Lakeland Cottages website.

Article by Simon Lucas

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