National Trust days out in the Lake District National Trust days out in the Lake District

National Trust days out in the Lake District

Hawthorns Caravan Park is nestled to the south of the beautiful Lake District, making it the ideal spot to explore the area. Filled with unbelievably beautiful spots that are perfect for hikes, soaking up history or simply finding a lovely shady spot for a picnic, you’ll find the Lake District is also home to plenty of wonderful National Trust sites to explore. Here’s a few of our favourites that should certainly be on your list.

Sizergh Estate

Whether you want to meander through the stunning gardens and along the shore of the on-site lake, or take a peek at the portraits and fine furniture in the main house, the Sizergh Estate has something for everyone. The huge estate covers 1,600 acres and is the perfect way to pass the time and take in the orchards, pond and semi-natural woodland.


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Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter

Famous for her beloved woodland characters, Beatrix Potter called Hill Top home. One of the greatest storytellers, Beatrix drew much inspiration from the area and the wildlife and the house is almost as it was during that time. From the marble chimney place to the view from the library over the landscape, it’s a real treat to be able to walk in her footsteps and experience the home and gardens she adored.


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Wray Castle

A resplendent example of gothic revival architecture, Wray Castle benefits from panoramic views over the rolling landscape. Taking part in one of the guided tours, you’ll be able to find out more about its rich history and fabulous artwork and furniture. There’s also the opportunity to arrive at the castle by ferry, although be prepared for an uphill walk – so a trip to the tea rooms might be the first port of call!


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Sticklebarn & The Langdales

If you’re a fan of scaling across craggy landscape and discovering the wilder side of the Lake District, then Sticklebarn and The Langdales is a must for both hikers and cyclists. This unbelievably dramatic area is considered a natural playground and is also home to some of the best local grub and drink around. You’ll certainly have worked up an appetite, so take the time to stop for a spot of lunch and take in the surroundings no matter the weather.


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Aira Force & Ullswater

Although the area is filled with breath-taking sites, there’s no better place to witness the power of nature than at Aira Force. The thundering 65-foot waterfall is situated amongst several interwoven trails that pass through woodland glades and tall trees to connect with the shore of Ullswater lake – truly epic.


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Steam Yacht Gondola

Coniston Water is surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery, and what better way to take it all in than from the water? The Steam Yacht Gondola, a rebuilt Victorian vessel, has plenty of space to relax on the open-air decks or in the elegant saloons as you listen to the guided tour that lets you in on all the secrets of the area, including some interesting famous connections.


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Blea Tarn

Blea Tarn is an easy, yet atmospheric trail that takes between one and two hours to complete. Suitable for all abilities of walker, you’ll cross small bridges, make your way long shorelines and under the canopy of ancient woodland before getting a glimpse of the Langdale Valley. This trail offers the ideal opportunity to also take in the sites of Lingmoor and Pike of Blisco, so make sure you pack your picnic.


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Derwent Island & House

The only inhabited island in the Lake District, Derwent House is a rare treat that is only open to the public for five days each year. Accessible by canoe, this is a superb opportunity to experience something that not many people get to see. On the island you’ll find the house designed by eccentric Joseph Pocklington, a chapel and a small fort which is used during annual lake regattas.


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Stagshaw Garden

You’d be forgiven for feeling that magic is in the air during a trip to Stagshaw Garden. Filled with well-tended shrubs, large oaks and a swathe of flowers, the garden is planted to look just like an artist’s palette. This relaxing sanctuary is only a short walk from Ambleside, but you’ll certainly feel as though you’ve stumbled upon some rather special.


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We are so lucky at Hawthorns Caravan Park to be so close to some of the most wonderfully stunning places to visit in the Lake District. We’ll be able to offer guidance on the best National Trust days out – so just ask.

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