Nestled amongst Cumbria’s iconic peaks and valleys, you will find some of the UK’s most stunning sights, amazing eateries and incredible activities.
Here’s where to start your great Lakes escape, as we look at five of the best things to do in the region.
Derwent Pencil Museum
If you wanted proof that the Lake District offers a holiday like no other, then you will find it – and the World’s first-ever pencil! – at the Derwent Pencil Museum. This unconventional attraction traces (sorry) the history of the humble pencil from the graphite mines of 300 years ago to the present day. With classes, events and a great café, it’s a perfect all-weather activity.
England’s highest mountain stands at nearly 1000 metres above sea level. Sure, there are easier walks, but few offer views – and selfie opportunities – as majestic as the mighty Scafell Pike. Make sure you check the weather, bring a map and dress appropriately. And when you’ve gone up and come back down again, you will be more than ready for our next attraction.
The Lakes Distillery
More surprises await at this award-winning attraction, nestled close to the beautiful Bassenthwaite Lake. Since opening in 2014, the distillery has become one of the Lake District’s most popular attractions. With tours, tastings and even alpacas, there’s much to enjoy. Make sure you enjoy a bite to eat and visit the shop to stock up on spirits after your tour.
Brockhole Lake District Visitor Centre
Once owned by Beatrix Potter’s cousin, the Brockhole house and gardens are now one of the Lakes’ most fun-filled family attractions with boats, bikes, treetop treks and all kinds of other amazing activities to enjoy. More tranquil times await in the 30-acre designer gardens. Enjoy views over Windermere and towards the Langdale Pikes before you continue your adventure.
You’ve climbed England’s highest mountain, so why not ease off at its largest lake? Windermere is one of the Lakes’ most popular attractions with all kinds of activities available in and around its shores. Go walking, boating then continue to Ambleside or Bowness-on-Windermere to eat, drink and be merry.
Take a look at our collection of Lake District cottages and start planning your great escape today.