The Lake District is one of the most picturesque places on Earth and it’s finally been rewarded for its stunning natural beauty. The National Park has been granted UNESCO World Heritage Status, joining the likes of the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China.
Although this in itself is a reason to visit, there are also a huge number of things to do in the Lake District. Whether you want to explore the rugged mountains or enjoy a boat ride on Windermere, there’s plenty of family fun to be had.
Here at Parkdean Resorts, we’re sharing just some of the reasons why we love the area, so you can love it too - and get excited about planning your next holiday in the Lake District.
Charming villages and townsAlthough the Lake District is well-known for its open waters and scenic countryside, it’s also home to some of the most charming towns and villages in Britain. Packed full of history, exciting attractions and quirky shops, it’s no surprise that over 15 million people visit the Lakes each year to uncover what each town has to offer.
One of the most popular destinations amongst tourists is Ambleside, about ten minutes’ drive from Limefitt, White Cross Bay and Fallbarrow holiday parks. During a trip here, a visit to the famous 17th-century Bridge House is a must, as this is thought to be one of the most photographed buildings in the Lakes. Once you’ve learnt about Ambleside’s history, take a stroll through the beautiful streets, and pop into some of the enchanting shops as you pass by.
Just a short journey from Ambleside, you’ll find Bowness-on-Windermere. Here, you and the kids can enjoy some of the Lake District’s best attractions, such as the World of Beatrix Potter and Blackwell Arts and Crafts House. To find out more about the author’s link to the region, check out our blog on Beatrix Potter’s Guide to the Lake District.
If it’s a traditional town that you’re looking for, then head to Grasmere. From peaks and lakes to picture-perfect older buildings, this little settlement nestled amongst the fells has it all. The world-famous poet, William Wordsworth lived here - and nowadays, the village pays tribute to his work in the Wordsworth Museum, where you can learn all about his life and see many of his personal belongings.
Picturesque lakesOne of the main draws of the Lake District is, of course, its beautiful lakes. With 80 glacial lakes, mountain tarns and several peaceful reservoirs to explore, the Lake District really is one of the best places in Britain to get out and embrace nature.
The largest natural lake in England, and probably the most famous, is Windermere, located in the heart of the Lake District and right next to three of our holiday parks. To truly immerse yourself in the great outdoors, take to the water and explore Windermere at your own pace by hiring a boat. Alternatively, hop on-board one of the famous Lake Cruises, where you can spend the afternoon learning all about the lake and its surroundings, whilst passing the beautiful mountain scenery, secluded bays and hidden wooded islands.
Many of the lakes in the Lake District are also a haven for fishermen. From Windermere to smaller bodies of water such as Derwentwater, Loweswater and Buttermere, you’re bound to find plenty of pike, perch, trout and carp. Some deeper lakes even have char and vendace present in their waters. The lakes and meres are controlled by local Angling Associations, who welcome visitors and offer a range of day or weekly permits for you to purchase. There are also plenty of shops around the Lakes where you can buy equipment and receive friendly fishing advice.
Magnificent mountainsIt’s no surprise that the Lake District is a paradise for walkers and climbers, as it’s home to some of the highest mountains in England. Whether you want to trek high up towards the sky or you fancy a smaller fell suitable for the whole family, there’s a walk for everyone in the Lake District.
If you’re up for a challenge, then the famous Scafell Pike is a must. Standing at 3,210ft, the views from the summit of England’s highest mountain will take your breath away. However, if you’re looking for something a little easier going, just fifteen minutes away from all of our holiday parks in the Lake District is Loughrigg Fell. Although still fairly high at 1,099ft, there’s so much to see along the way, making this well-worth the walk. From incredible panoramic views to pools and caves to explore, the whole family will love the challenge. It’s also close to tourist hotspots such as Ambleside and Grasmere, making it the perfect place to go for an easy family hike.
Beautiful beachesIt’s not just your walking boots that you’ll need to pack on a holiday to the Lakes; there are also plenty of beautiful beaches to visit, too. Whether you want to paddle in the sea or you fancy searching for local wildlife, the beautiful Cumbrian coastline has something for everyone.
Under one hour from all of our holiday parks in the Lake District is the small town of Millom, which is surrounded by several incredible beaches. One of these beaches is Duddon Sands, just next to Haverigg on the stunning Duddon Estuary. The area is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and at low tide the wide stretch of sand will appear, where you’ll see kite surfers taking advantage of the winds.
Travel along the coast and you’ll reach Haverigg, a shingle beach with large sand dunes, covered in sea-grasses. The large open beach is popular with dog walkers and is perfect for kite flying, boating, windsurfing, bird watching and walking.
Further up the coast, another unmissable stretch of coast is Silecroft Beach. Located on the edge of the picturesque Lake District, the shingle beach stretches as far as the eye can see and on a fine day, you can spot the Isle of Man from the sands. The west-facing beach is also well-known for its incredible sunsets, so make sure you stick around to watch the sun go down.