Find your own inspired moments in this glorious slice of rural Britain...
The central and most popular part of this region is the Lake District National Park, which is the largest national park in England and is home to Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain, and Windermere, England's largest lake. From challenging hiking, such as that found at Buttermere, to low level hiking, such as that found at the Old Man of Coniston, there are paths and routes for all abilities. With many networks of footpaths surrounding the Lakes, the Lake District is home to some of the UK's finest hiking territory.
Windermere is the largest natural lake in the country whilst Derwent Water is known for its beautiful scenery. In the many forests, visitors can see Red Deer, indigenous trees and carpets of bluebells. There are a number of Lake District hotels that offer spectacular views of these amazing natural sights.
The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway gives visitors the chance to experience a journey on a steam train through stunning scenery. Running between Haverthwaite Station and Lakeside Pier, the Railway gives easy access to the Lakes Aquarium and Lakeland Motor Museum and, by transferring by ferry to Bowness, the World of Beatrix Potter.
There are many organised events that take place in the Lake District throughout the year, from guided walks for all levels to family events. Beer festivals, county shows, sporting events and heritage shows, as well as specialist interest events, mean there is something to appeal to everyone.
The weather in the Lake District is varied and often described as “wet”. Whilst location and geography make the Lake District one of the dampest parts of the UK, it has relatively moderate temperatures throughout the year. The months between March and June are usually the driest months and October to January tend to be the wettest. Those looking to go hiking in the snow will find it best to visit between November and April.
From cosy B&Bs to luxury hotels at the water's edge, there is a good range of excellent accommodation in the Lake District...
There are a great number of hotels in the Lake District in the picturesque towns and villages that are interspersed throughout the region and they are often perfectly situated for exploring all that the Lakes have to offer. One of the most popular destinations is Hawkshead, renowned for its historic architecture and lively community atmosphere. Kendal is another major attraction, famous for its delicious mint cake and stark limestone buildings.
Many visitors choose Lake District hotels in towns that sit by the side of and often share their names with, some of the region's lakes. These include Buttermere, Coniston and Thirlmere. Places such as this, as well as other towns such as Keswick and Penrith, make great bases for visitors who want to engage in outdoor activities such as boating, cycling and hiking.
For those seeking important elements of Britain's literary or cultural heritage, the Lake District does not disappoint. Grasmere, for instance, was home to Wordsworth for 14 years and he described it as 'the loveliest spot that man hath ever found'. There is also a lesser-known coastal aspect to Lakeland in towns such as Whitehaven and Ravenglass, which is connected to Eskdale by a traditional railway line that winds through the valley. All of these places have a wealth of hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation options.