Split into four areas, the Lake District offers plenty of choice:
Eden Valley, Carlisle and Hadrian’s Wall
|The north of the Eden valley - image source|
Stretching from the border of Carlisle to Eden Valley, this area showcases some of the most gorgeous fells in the lakes and is spotted with Roman remains.
|Crummock Water, Lake District - image source|
What sets this area apart from the others is its untouched beauty, and variety of wildlife. For example, Crummock Water between Loweswater and Buttermere is a tiny 140 feet deep lake flanked by steep black slate hillsides. Other notable lakes include Bassenthwaite Lake which a protected National Nature Reserve and the only official lake in the Lake District.
Central and Southern Lakes
|Views Central Lake District - image source|
With sparkling lakes and some charming villages, this central area is a perfect starting point for exploring the entire Lake District.
Western Lakes and Coast
|The Western Lake District - image source|
Here, you will find England’s deepest lake and Highest mountain, both of which host some gorgeous walks.
Choose the central basecamp of Ambleside so all areas are within easy reach for your rambles.
Where to go?
Of course, any of the above areas is perfect for a break, but perhaps the most dramatic is the Western Lakes.
With incredible coastlines and fantastic, shimmering lakes beside craggy mountains and cosy valleys, there’s so much variety here for hiking you’ll be spoilt for choice. The Western Lakes have a lot to offer and is my second favourite place in England for hiking besides Ambleside basecamp - hiking the huge number of trails around there.
On the coast of the Western Lakes, there’s bustling harbours and award-winning beaches to enjoy, including areas designated as areas of outstanding natural beauty. Wide, untouched beaches await wandering, and charming market towns await discovery.
If you’re feeling adventurous, strap on a harness and get swinging from tree to tree in the Go Ape Whinlatter centre, or pop on a helmet to explore the Honister Slate Mine, the last working slate mine in the country.
For something a little gentler, visit the enchanting Coast Aquarium in Maryport, and award-winning attraction where you can get to grips with some of the weirdest and most wonderful aquatic wildlife in the area. While you’re there, take a trip around the Maryport Maritime Museum to learn the fascinating history of Maryport.
Cooking up a storm
If there’s one thing which can be said about the Western Lakes, and the Lake District as a whole, it’s that local food is king here. From homemade sausages to delicious, home-brewed wines and ales, you don’t have to go far to enjoy some of the local cuisine.
Enjoy a pub lunch in front of a roaring fire at the acclaimed Kirkstile Inn, or indulge in some award-winning food at The Cottage in the Wood in Keswick.
For a refreshing and fun break, a week in the Lakes is a sure-fire hit.
Author: Kate writes for TheDailyKate.org, an ace travel blog. Check her stuff out sometime or go hike in the Lake District and see if you can find her there too!
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