We know that 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. This has meant enjoying days out and visiting local attractions has not always been possible. Without knowing what restrictions lie ahead in a changing world, getting out and about can be tricky. However, it’s now a good time to plan life after lockdown and begin thinking about reacquainting with the Lakes.
We’ve compiled a checklist of must do’s in the Lake District to give you plenty of ideas to look forward to in the future. When it comes to vast open spaces and fresh air getaways, it comes naturally to the Lakes!
Explore a walkers paradise
The Lake District is known all over the world for its endless walks and spectacular views. With walks to suit all abilities, there’s challenging fells to climb and more relaxing strolls. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to walks in the Lakes. To help narrow it down a little and give you an idea where to start – here’s some of favourite Lake District walks.
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Tour the Lake District by Electric Bike
A fantastic way to see more of the Lake District is on two wheels. A benefit of choosing an electric bike to get around on is the added speed means you’ll cover more ground and see more. Not only is cycling a greener option but charging stations are very much on the increase. You’ll be glad when pedalling up the challenging hills around the Lake District. There’s plenty of choice when it comes to Electric bike hire in the Lakes including outlets in Ulverston and Keswick.
Cruise the Lakes
As you’d expect, the Lakes provides no end of water-related activities. If you’re looking for a different view of the mountains and countryside take to the water. Windermere is the largest lake in England, covering 10 miles from Ambleside to Newby Bridge. Ullswater is another notable destination for lake cruises with scenery taking in Helvellyn, one of England’s highest mountains. Steam Yacht Gondola is another option for tranquil experience of the water, located at Coniston Lakes.
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Visit an iconic Lake District country pub
A chance to sample a local cumbrian ale, of which there are plenty to choose from thanks to the fantastic breweries in the Lakes. The picture postcard classic look of many of the villages in the Lake District provide a perfect setting for an outside seat. If the weather is not so kind, many of the pubs offer the warmth of an open fire where you can cosy up inside in the winter months. If you’re travelling with your four-legged friend, we complied a list of dog friendly pubs in the Lake District.
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Visit Beatrix Potter’s ‘Hill Top’ House
Children’s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter has close connections with the Lake District. In 1905 the much-loved British writer purchased Hill Top farm house, near Sawrey. Following her passing in 1943, the National Trust owned property open to the public. It makes for a great activity to tick off the Lake District checklist. Suitable for for all the family, and an experience that the kids will cherish.
Enjoy a meal at L’Enclume in Cartmel
Top-rated restaurants often appear on bucket lists far and wide. Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume in Cartmel is no exception, currently boasting 2 Michelin Star. It’s one of the only restaurants to hold such high accolade in the North West. Located in the Southern part of The Lakes close to Grange-over-sands, just over half an hours drive from Hawthorns Caravan Park.
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Visit William Wordsworth’s house in Grasmere
William Wordsworth‘s house is full of interesting artefacts owned by the literary great. The must-see attraction also has access to the garden where the famous writer was inspired to write his highly revered works of literature. Make this treasure of the Lake District part of your checklist if you’re visiting the area.
Take flight over the Lake District in a hot air balloon
For the ultimate birds eye view take an uplifting hot air balloon ride over the Lake District. See the fells, Valleys and lakes in all their glory as well as the hidden parts that lie off the beaten track.
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This guide is merely a small showcase of ideas from an extensive range of things to do in the Lakes. When you own a holiday home near The Lake District you have the luxury to explore and experience the best of the area. Start compiling that wishlist of Lakeland adventures for the future and enjoy one of the most treasured parts of the country.
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