Five reasons to visit the Lake District
Just in case you needed a reason to visit the Lake District, here are five reasons why!
1. The Scenery
The scenery is truly breath-taking throughout the Lake District National Park from Lake Windermere in the south lakes over to Wastwater in the west, explore it all, you won't regret it.
Tarn Hows is one of our favourite places to visit and somewhere that our guests love venturing too. It’s a hidden gem in the heart of the lakes that is easily accessible by car. If you’re a keen walker you can park in the Glen Mary car park and make your way up to Tarn Hows via some magnificent waterfalls. It takes approximately 30 minutes from the car park and is all uphill.
There is also a car park up at Tarn Hows for those who would just like to enjoy the scenery. There is a flat footpath around the tarn that is pram and wheelchair friendly, meaning it’s a great walk for the whole family!
2. The Lakes
When it comes to our Lakes, many seem quite surprised when they find out that the Lake District only has one lake, Bassenthwaite. The rest are simply meres, rivers or tarns! However each body of water is unique and we would argue they all provide some of the most astonishing and incredible views in the UK, something we’re very proud of. Lake Windermere is right on our door step and we never get tired of soaking up the view with the fells in the distance. We highly recommend taking a lake cruise with Windermere Lake Cruises so you can really experience the Lake and learn so much about the area.
3. Our History
The Lake District is oozing with history and was home to many influential writers. From William Wordsworth to Beatrix Potter it’s no wonder they were inspired by the natural beauty here. Lindeth Howe was home to Beatrix's mum for a number of years, you can see letters Beatrix wrote whilst staying here which are displayed on the corridor wall downstairs. The World of Beatrix Potter is also just a short walk away from Lindeth Howe, down in the centre of Bowness. Hilltop Farm is also on the other side of the Lake Windermere and accessible via boat then by Mountain Goat’s 525 bus service. Hilltop is open to the public and the house appears as if Beatrix has just stepped outside and gone for a walk, with her things remaining in each room.
4. Local Towns
Now we might be slightly biased but we LOVE Bowness, on the shores of Lake Windermere and home to some fantastic local shops, pubs and café’s there’s so much to see and explore. Bowness will also be welcoming a new attraction at the end of March 2019 – Windermere Jetty. Windermere Jetty is a museum of boats, steam, and stories and that all link back to the lake, they have a café, working steamers, and a conservation workshop and we can’t wait for it to open!
Other towns close by which are full of history and charm are, Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere, Coniston, and Hawkshead. You can find beautiful walks and local shops in all of these towns and they’re definitely worth a visit!
The Lake District hosts a range of events every year that attracts thousands of visitors, from Windermere Christmas Markets to Ambleside Sports Day. It’s great to plan your visit around what’s going in the area so you can embrace the local lifestyle and the Cumbrian culture. The Lake District national park has a list of events that are going on throughout the year, you can see this here.