The floating clouds and canary yellow daffodils of the Lake District inspired William Wordsworth and any number of poets in the day.
Cumbria continues to please and attract, bringing in scores of tourists from as far as Japan.
Inhale the fresh air, walk beneath the emerald hairpin hills, or take it all in from a high by flying in a plane.
There are so many reasons to visit the Lake District, here are just fourteen…
- Wordsworth’s old haunt, Grasmere
Visit Dove Cottage, home to William Wordsworth during the most productive period of his life. It’s the only place in the world where you’ll glimpse his original belongings! https://wordsworth.org.uk/visit/dove-cottage.html
- Theatre on the Lake, Keswick
Visit one of two intimate stages and watch the drama of the Lakes unfold.
- Kendal Mint Cake
These saccharine sweets pack a punch – except freshness like that of a wind machine and breathe fresher that the country air!
- Grasmere Gingerbread Shop
If the mint cake doesn’t give you the sugar kick you need try Sarah Nelson’s ginger bread made in Grasmere! It’s spicy and sweet with biscuit meets cake texture, and is said to be some of the best gingerbread in the world. https://www.grasmeregingerbread.co.uk/
Cruise between 45 minutes to 3 hours on the largest lake in the UK, in one of Cumbria’s most popular attractions.
Trains, ships, flights of aeroplanes, dragons, puppets, flowers, faeries and hobgoblins can all be seen lighting up the Lakes this September 17th. See 600 candle-lit lanterns made from willow and paper from 7.30pm.
- Sir John Barrow Monument, Ulverston
Be in awe of the 100 feet tall replica Eddystone lighthouse built in memory of Sir John Barrow one of the Lakes District’s most famous sons. Climb to the tower to learn his story and for stunning views of Morecambe Bay.
Easy to access and the perfect spot for exploring, stay at this comfortable expanded Victoria mansion and Cumbria Tourism’s ‘Large Hotel of the Year’.
Both England’s newest and largest whisky distillery has welcomed over 90K visitors since it opened to the public 2014 and is conveniently located 150m from the eye-wateringly beautiful Bassenthwaite Lake.
- Beatrix Potter’s House
Enjoy a tale or two or a tall story? Beatrix Potter’s 17th Century farmhouse in Hill Top is for you. It’s filled with all her favourite things, with each room containing a reference to a picture.
- The Daffodil Hotel & Spa, Grasmere
Stay here for special reopening rates of £99 per room including breakfast throughout August.
- The Punch Bowl Inn & Restaurant at Crosthwaite
Tucked away in a picturesque village between Kendal and Windermere, this 5-star 2AA rosette pub was voted Cumbria’s Best Dining Pub for the last two consecutive years by the Good Pub Guide. In a former life, the inn was an old Blacksmiths shop, too.
- The Ullswater Way
A 20-mile route circular route around Ullswater Way opened this spring. It’s a scenic walk that can be completed in a day or broken up over a few days.
If you haven’t found enough uplifting reasons to visit the Lake District, here’s a final pitch – fly in a plane from £125 and take it all in from a bird’s eye view.