The Lake District

The incredible, natural beauty of the Lake District brings visitors to the area in droves. Known for its rugged mountains, peaceful lakes and delightful market towns, the region brings a feeling of calm. It is home to England’s largest National Park, deepest lake and highest mountain. Hire a boat, go for a swim or take a leisurely walk through the countryside. Amp up the energy factor with mountain biking, hiking and climbing.

In the heart of Cumbria, you’ll find the historic market town of Penrith. Perfect for summer holidays, this part of the Lake District features a charming town centre which is packed with independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Enjoy a relaxed drink in one of the many local pubs or head to the theatre for an evening of fun. Penrith is also known for cycling and the town welcomes cyclists with brilliant facilities. It features on the C2C (Sea to Sea) cycle route and the town was designated as the first Cycling Hub in Cumbria.

Home to the largest lake in England at 10.5 miles long, the small town of Windermere is ideal for those to love the great outdoors. It’s no surprise that a lot of activities include the lake. Try your hand at paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing or sailing. In the summertime, there is nothing better than taking a dip. Windermere is also perfect for walking with routes for beginners through to seasoned pros, and you can expect incredible views from above over the lake.

Head to Ullswater and you’ll find the second largest lake in England. Surrounded by striking mountain scenery, it really is picture perfect. The small village of Glenridding is located at the southern end of Ullswater and is especially popular with those climbing Helvellyn as it makes a great starting point. At the opposite end of Ullswater is Pooley Bridge – a tiny village with plenty of charm.

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