Lake District summer holidays 2014
Take a break in one of our cosy Lake District cottages
The Lake District is about much more than just lakes, while there is ample opportunity to go boating there is also a great deal of walking, mountain climbing, motoring to be had throughout the area. With a vast choice of cottages in the Lake District you’ll be able to find one that suit your exact needs and desires!
As well as the natural beauty of the lakes and peaks there is a vast amount of culture here too, there are cinema events, theatre productions and even opera nights at Augill Castle, a wonderful Victorian Gothic castle with spectacular gardens nestled in the mountains overlooking the lakes.
Top places to visit in the Lake District
If you're planning on visiting Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain, be prepared for the challenge of your life! If you go and climb Scafell Pike, one of the Lake District's toughest climbs, you'll be afforded some of the best views out over the peaks and lakes, including Waswater, coincidentally the deepest lake in England.
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Coniston Water is steeped in history, making it one of the most attractive lakes in the country. You can sail where Donald Campbell broke the water speed record, or admire the views which inspired artists and poets like Ruskin and Wordsworth.
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Windermere is the largest lake in England making it popular with sailors and yachtsmen, waterskiers and wakeboarders. Windermere also has attractions including haunted castles, and beasts of legend.
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Brockhole Visitor Centre provides information about all the events and attractions which the Lake District has to offer. Brockhole is a lovely building which serves as an exhibition centre, a shop for local foods and crafts.
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While not being the biggest or deepest lake in the Lake District, Derwentwater is probably one of the most famous, with fells and mountains surrounding it on all sides and a plethora of islands for you to explore.
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Wherever you go in the Lake District you are sure to find cafes, tea houses, restaurants and even pubs that offer fantastic dining. The Lake District has everything from traditional, local fare to Michelin starred restaurants. Many chefs and eateries still strictly keep to their homemade traditions and only source the freshest local organic produce, which is why everything tastes so good here! With tenderly reared meat and poultry eating out really gives you a taste of the Lakes, whether that be at one of the cottage tea rooms and cafes or the Michelin starred and AA Rosette awarded hotels and restaurants. There are many, many amazing restaurants and places to eat dusted all over the Lake District but a few highlights have to be the Grain Store restaurant in Cumbria and Jerichos in Windermere, to list a few!
If rugged adventure is more to your liking Keswick Mountain Festival might be more to your taste, there are triathalons for adults and kids, mountain running, Derwent island swims, cycling races and in the Festival Village there is music, bushcraft skills training, slacklining and Zorbing.
The Lake District was also inspirational to artists and poets including John Ruskin and William Wordsworth, just walking around the areas that inspired their creativity and passion is sure to rub off, so if you need to recharge your batteries there's no better place to go. What with hills, mountains and lakes, forests, castles and all the attractions that go with them the Lake District couldn't be better for a whole range of visitors from couples wanting to get away from it all to families with kids who are looking for a way to blast off some excess energy running up hills and cycling back down them in the morning then sailing all afternoon.