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River Derwent in Cumbria
River Derwent, Cumbria © DS Pugh : Licence

The Lake District National Park is England’s largest National park, encompassing 875 sq. miles, and is widely considered to be one of the most scenic locations in Britain, and arguably England’s best destination for climbing and trekking.

The Lake District contains 16 lakes and 53 tarns. All of the lakes have their own unique elements and most of framed by beautiful backdrops of woodland, fells, hills and mountains. These include Lake Windermere, which is England’s largest lake, and Waste Water, England’s deepest lake.

Mountains and Hills in the Lake District are known as “Fells”. The mountains of the Lake District are not particularly high by world standards (in fact only the Lakeland fells are true mountain ranges), but with a long tradition of recreational walking they offer an exceptional network of paths and routes. The highest fell is Scafell Pike, but due to its notoriety it attracts a lot of traffic and it may be better to choose another. Helvellyn and Great Gable have arguable better views and are still high Lakeland fells.

Lake Windermere
Lake Windermere © Neil Hanson : Licence

The main attraction of the Lake District is obviously walking these many beautiful scenic paths. Whilst the natural scenery is much changed by man’s intervention, mainly by farming, the lakes and fells carved by glacial erosion provide an inspiring and dramatic scene. William Wordsworth and John Ruskin made their home here. The Norse occupation of around 900A.D left a legacy; they cleared the forests to produce charcoal, and introduced much of the language such as ‘tarn’ (lake), ‘gill’ (gorge) and ‘thwaite’ (a clearing in a wood). In the 18th century dry stone walls appeared which are still a predominant feature on the fell sides.

The Lake District is scattered with amazingly peaceful and secluded guest houses and holiday cottages, perfect for a quiet break or romantic weekend away. There are also top notch hotels in The Lake District available if you prefer to be pampered. For a change of pace you could try a boat trip on Windermere, Ullswater or Coniston Lake. There is a small narrow-gauge steam railway between Ravenglass and Eskdale stations.

You won’t find so many restaurants as traditional pubs in The Lake District – but many of these have some fantastic local food. The roast lamb can be a treat, and Cumberland sausage is a specialty throughout Cumbria. Locally caught Borrowdale trout can be fantastic.

Seathwaite in Cumbria
Seathwaite, Cumbria © Bill Boaden : Licence

Cumbria is also home to a huge number of traditional breweries (around 25 to date), and it is almost obligatory to drink a traditional English ale in a traditional pub after a hard day’s walking the hills. Try the Three Shires Inn in Little Langdale, or the Fish Hotel in Buttermere village.

The most common accommodation option in the Lake District is the bed and breakfast. Youth hostel, camping sites and camping barns are also ubiquitous. It makes sense to plan your travel in advance, whilst there are buses between major towns and villages they will not necessarily go deep into the hills that you plan to trek.

Finally, remember that although the Lake District is not the largest or most dangerous mountain area in the world, there are still significant dangers for walkers, and it could be fatal to underestimate them. Some mountain passes are very steep and can become treacherous in poor weather conditions.

Weekend Breaks in England Hotels in The Lake District