The Lake District is the UK’s most popular National Park and attracts over 16 million people each year.
So what makes this National Park the most popular? Well first and foremost, the landscape. The perfect combination of fells and lakes, countryside and rivers each interweaving between each other.
The lakes are made up of England’s longest and arguably the most famous body of water, Lake Windermere which is a mere along with Buttermere and Thirlmere through to waters such as Coniston Water and Derwentwater and tarns such as Loughrigg and Grisedale. It may seen strange to some but Bassenthwaite Lake is the only actual, official lake in the Lake District.
The tarns are the real gems and many people are starting to discover them and appreciate their beauty. Tarns are small bodies of water on the fells. Sitting beside one, looking own onto on, only brings views of pure amazement. From Blea Tarn the Langdale Pike vista is in full view, head up the mighty Haystacks to Wainwright’s favourite Innominate Tarn to see the mighty Great Gable.
Fell walking is the most popular activity and in the last 10 years had grown to epic levels with visitors coming from all over the world to walk the lower fells around Ambleside through the fells found in and around Keswick and the Wasdale Valley, namely England’s highest, Scafell Pike.
The Lake District’s easy access from the M6 motorway also helps. For so much of Northern England and Scotland, it’s an easy trip even just for one night. With faster train services from London, a quick weekend break in The Lakes is more than achievable.
And then onto food. Always famous for its real ales, these artisan brews are now combined with some of the best food found in the North. High end dining in pubs, lovely independent restaurants, exciting cafes and even Michelin Star experiences.
And where to stay, the Lake District also offers something for everyone whether it’s a camping pitch, pod, holiday cottage, bed & breakfast or hotel. Find budget through to the ultimate in luxury. Where to head to find where to stay and eat when in the Lake District. Visit AllofTheLakeDistrict.co.uk for everything from Lake District hotels to activities and region guides.