How To Spend a Weekend in The Lakes

Lake District

The Lake District is a popular destination in the UK among British residents and tourists from around the world. The Lake District offers a wide variety of activities for visitors, including shopping, camping, swimming, sightseeing and hiking; this is why the region is considered to be one of the most family friendly destinations in Britain.

Here are some attractions to see during your time in the Lake District:

1. Hiking and Camping

Hiking and camping are quite a common activity amongst those who spend their weekends at the Lakes. The Lakes has a number of beautiful hiking and walking trails. Some easy to moderate walking trails include:

  • Fellbarrow and Low Fell – this walk features some of the most spectacular views to be found in the Lakes.
  • Hawkshead to Lake Windermere – An easy walk with stunning views of Windermere.
  • Latrigg – A very pleasant walk that is suitable for the entire family.
  • Gowbarrow Fell & Aira Force – A superb walk with waterfalls, low lying fells and extraordinary views.

Some harder trails include:

Lake District UK

2. Ambleside

There is so much for you to take in while visiting Ambleside. One great landmark to visit in Ambleside is the Stock Ghyll Force, a tall waterfall that is strangely reminiscent of medieval times. For a really amazing experience, go on the walk from Ambleside to Rydal Water. Although it can be challenging at times, the views are amazing, particularly near Loughrigg.

Be warned – the trail is hilly in some sections.

3. Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere is one of the most popular tourist spots in the Lake District because there is so much to check out in the area. But in order to experience the full wonder of the Windermere region you will have to venture a little bit off the beaten track.

Try visiting the Blackwell Arts and Crafts House for a unique experience. The house is remarkably well maintained and the décor is truly lovely and becoming of the area. There is also a small shop selling high quality jewellery.

Windermere 2010

4. Fishing in the Lakes

For those who simply love to go fishing, the Lakes District is the perfect holiday destination. There are numerous fishing gear shops where you can buy bait and rent fishing equipment at affordable prices. Better still, fishing is free on Windermere, Coniston Water and Ullswater!

Some of the fish you will catch in the Lakes include rainbow trout, pike, salmon and bass

There are so many fun ways to spend a weekend in The Lakes, so much so that there is bound to be something of interest for the entire family. For more information, visit South Lakeland Parks.


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