If you’re looking for a rural break away in the UK with stunning scenic views and don’t fancy camping or caravanning but don’t quite have enough budget to stay in a hotel, then why not consider renting a self catering cottage in The Lake District.
With beautiful panoramic scenery, and wonderful walks, the Lake District is waiting to be explored and self catering cottages in the Lake District make a great base to do just that.
Lakeland & Fell Walking!
The Lake District is extremely popular with fell walkers and it is a great way to experience the rolling countryside and rural idyllic panorama of the lakes.
Fell walking in the Lake District can be a hugely enjoyable experience, but walkers should be prepared and aware of how quickly the weather conditions can change on the hills and valleys. Weather can become treacherous quickly, especially in winter months so advice from local tourist information or tour guides must always be sought for inexperienced walkers.
There are ideal family outings to be had over at Catbells by Derwent Water. The views of the surrounding Keswick fells are superb. Another good walking route is across Loughrigg Fell that lies between Grasmere and Ambleside, definitely one of the most idyllic parts of the Lake District. For many though, just a simple walk along the lower lying fells is enough to satisfy the appetite of many walkers. Quiet routes with equally tranquil and panoramic views include the north side of Skiddaw, or the fells around Shap.
Without doubt, the most popular spot in the Lake District is Scafell Pike. Scafell Pike is England’s highest point rising to 978m (3209ft). It is a popular place for the more experienced and fit walkers. There are some taxing but beautiful walks around Scafell Pike and great care should be taken when attempting to climb to the top- not for a casual walk!
More To See and Do!
If the idea of walking leaves you cold, why not consider exploring the Lake District by bicycle! There are some truly stunning cycling routes in and around the Lakes. For the mountain bikers there are some taxing off-road and forest trails with cycle hire companies catering for families and couples who just fancy a leisurely cycle around the country trails. For safer family routes visitors may find Whinlatter Forest to the north-west of Keswick and Grizedale Forest to the west of Windermere perfect spots. For the more advanced cyclist there is Skiddaw or even a trip to the summit and back down again could offer a memorable experience!
Other popular pastimes in the Lake District include Go Ape for climbing, horse riding, paragliding and for the less active, the Lake District is bestowed with some lovely quaint towns with great shopping to while away the afternoon.
Probably the best way to experience the Lakes is to actually spend time on the water itself. All types of water sports and activities can be enjoyed on the larger ‘Lakes’ (Ullswater, Windermere and Derwent Water) which all have regular boat services and where self-drive motor boats and rowing boats can also be hired.
Popular activities include exploring the Lakes by canoe, dinghies, windsurfing and rowing boats can be launched from various national Trust and public launch sites. A warning to all bathers though, as with many lakes, bathing and paddling should only be done where adults are present and with great care as as the water depth can suddenly increase and the temperature drop causing great difficulty for swimming back to shore.
There are some great activies in this truly beautiful part of England, and the area is ideal for a UK break. There are plenty of places to stay and explore such as: Ambleside, Keswick, Bassenthwaite, Borrowdale, Braithwaite, Caldbeck, Vale of Lorton and self catering cottages are one of the most popular choices of accommodation in the Lake District.
A great site to search for self catering cottages in the Lake District is www.lakelandcottages.co.uk. Here you will find find cottage style accommodation to suit every tourist’s requirements.