The top reasons to visit the Lakes.
With overseas travel generally considered off the cards for many of us at the moment, we’re keen to show you why you don’t need to stray too far from home to enjoy a well-deserved break this autumn!
The Lake District National Park is England’s largest, and, without a doubt, one of the most stunning National Parks to visit in the UK. Home to rugged, dramatic scenery and increasingly moody landscapes, as well as England’s longest and deepest lakes, we only have one word for it: breathtaking.
We all need something to look forward to, especially given the trying times we’re all living through, and so we’ve put together our top five reasons to visit the Lake District, and give that sofa (and you!) a much needed short break.
Food, glorious food! Whilst the local fare might not be the first thing to spring to mind when you think of the Lake District, rest assured – you’re in for a treat! Put down that Kendal mint cake and think again… we’re talking world-class dining at the heart of Cumbria. Enter “L’Enclume,” with its two Michelin stars and five AA Rosettes, you will experience a dinner service which, in short, is nothing short of perfection. Taste aside, the chef’s philosophy is based around curating creative, delicate dishes which are traceable from farm to table.
2. Tick another UNESCO World Heritage site off your bucket list
Designated in 2017 for its outstanding universal value to humanity, the Lake District National Park is simply not to be underestimated in terms of beauty and prowess. Much of the land remains unspoilt, picturesque, and there’s a distinct and noticeable harmony between the landscape and the inhabitants themselves. It’s impossible to ignore the pretty-as-a-postcard backdrops which frame every photograph and it’s easy to see why the area has inspired generations of authors and poets, both past and present.
3. Visit the lakes themselves
Despite being called the Lake District, there is in fact only one lake in the area which bears such an obvious title: Bassenthwaite Lake. The rest bear the old English, or Norse, descriptors – such as mere and tarn! The longest body of water, Windermere, is largely the most well known and is nestled right at the heart of the National Park. Many popular attractions are well in reach of Windermere, making it the perfect base for local exploration. Our top pick would, of course, be to cruise the lake itself, but if you fancy something a little different, why not visit the nearby Lakes Distillery for a premium tipple or two!
For an authentic lakeside feel, we suggest a trip to Keswick, a quaint market town nestled in the north of the Lake District. The market itself has been running since the 13th century, and many locals still rely on it to source locally produced goods. You can find the market at the town’s centre, and, come rain or shine, it welcomes visitors every Thursday and Sunday. If browsing the stalls is not your cup of tea, fear not! Keswick has been hailed as one of the main centres for outdoor activities here in the UK and, whatever your ability and preference, if you’re fond of the great outdoors, there will be something adventurous to suit!
5. Climb the famous Scafell Pike
Scafell Pike is England’s highest mountain and is likely best known as one of the three intimidating, yet exhilarating, stages of the National Three Peaks Challenge here in the UK. It’s no Everest, yet it stands at a looming 978m, and whilst many rise to the challenge of climbing it, reaching the peak is not to be underestimated! Planning and preparation are key, whatever the season, and if you’re interested in burning off a little steam during your time off, we can’t think of anywhere better to put those Kendal mint cakes to the test.