When it comes to choosing the next destination for your summer holiday, it can be quite a difficult decision to make. With so many great places to go, how do you narrow it down to your favourite choice?
However, one option that you might not have considered is holidaying here in the UK. With so many benefits, such as reduced costs and ease of travelling, it’s little wonder that staycations have been steadily on the rise over the past few years.
And, of course, the UK is home to some really fantastic destinations, from the beaches of the South West to the ruggedness of the Outer Hebrides. But, one destination seems to rise above the rest: the Lake District.
With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at five reasons you should visit the Lakes this summer.
Of course, the top of the list always had to be the scenery. The landscape of the Lake District is its biggest draw for most, gaining a reputation as one of the most beautiful places in the UK.
Although the area takes its name from the numerous bodies of water in the park, the reality is much more diverse. From towering mountains to sweeping fells, abundant meadows to charming villages, there’s a whole host of things just waiting to be photographed, painted, or filmed.
With this stunning scenery also comes lots of activities, from the traditional outdoor pursuits to less strenuous ways to fill your time.
With the 10 highest mountains in England all located in the park, hiking is undoubtedly the most popular activity to do during your stay. Luckily, though, there are also lots of easier walks for those who don’t want to brave the heights!
However, although the area is synonymous with hiking, there’s also lots more on offer outside of the hills: you can scale an old mine at Via Ferrata, take a cruise on Lake Windermere, or even indulge in a tipple at many of the breweries!
For a list of all the top things to do in the Lakes, check out this post by The Telegraph.
One thing that the Lake District is not commonly associated with is culinary delights and fine dining, despite the area having a great foodie scene.
From traditional delights, such as Grasmere Gingerbread, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding and Herdwick Lamb, to Michelin-starred restaurants, there’s something to suit every taste and budget. If you’re looking to eat out, check out L’Enclume or The Drunken Duck Inn.
The Lake District is also home to lots of history and culture spanning thousands of years, all just waiting to be explored.
For those interested in ancient history, a trip to Castlerigg Stone Circle is a must, whilst literature lovers might like to take a trip to the old haunts of the Romantic poets, including Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount.
Alternatively, a visit to Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop Farm is always a treat, whilst the Beatrix Potter Museum is a must.
Finally, you’ll also need somewhere to stay during your visit, which is another area in which the Lake District excels.
The national park is home to hundreds of beautiful hotels, B&Bs, and cottages, such as the stunning Lake District Country Hotels, and there will be something to suit all tastes and budgets.
Alternatively, if you want to get back to nature, there are loads of campsites located throughout the area.