Staying in the Lake District

The ‘holistay’ is proving a cheaper, more convenient and more popular alternative to jetting off to foreign climes and it is easy to see why when areas of incredible natural beauty like the Lake District are just a short journey away.
According to the latest edition of the respected Lonely Planet guide book, this part of England is “packed with more natural appeal than almost anywhere else in Britain”. But don’t listen to the experts – get out and judge for yourself!
The best way to sample the charm of the region is to shun traditional accommodation like hotels and hostels. Lake District cottages are brimming with character and offer an ideal and intimate environment to create a ‘home from home’ with the people that matter most to you.

Top of the to-do list is probably a trip to Lake Windermere, which is the largest natural lake in England. Visitors flock here in their thousands, year on year, to enjoy a spot of water sports, take in the stunning landscape or just have a leisurely stroll around the picturesque town of Windermere. What’s more, there’s accommodation in Windermere to match every budget.

The more adventurous of you may fancy scaling Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. Scafell Pike is just one of a huge range of mountains in the Lake District that offer challenging terrain to climbers, mountain bikers and walkers of all abilities. It also forms part of the famous National Three Peaks Challenge along with Ben Nevis in Scotland and Snowdon in north Wales, with the aim to finish them all in a set timeframe.

If keeping both feet firmly on the ground is more appealing, then the old market town of Kendal is an idyllic setting to spend the day or longer. Explore the ruins of Kendal Castle and put aside enough time to check out the other historical buildings of interest. A wide range of Kendal accommodation is available, and the town has enough going on to keep you busy for as long as you like.

Like Kendal and Windermere, Ambleside is another must-see town where you can happily take in the sights and sounds of the Lake District or possible enjoy a picnic on the banks of Lake Windermere. Getting close to nature is not difficult when something of interest is around virtually every corner, but Sourmilk Ghyll waterfall near the village of Grasmere stands out and is the perfect place to take the kids.

Speaking of entertaining the little ones, the World of Beatrix Potter at Bowness-on-Windermere may come in handy. Beatrix Potter – like the poet William Wordsworth – had strong links with the Lake District and so could you if you choose it as your next ‘holistay’ destination.

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