The Lake District is a popular destination for many visitors throughout the year, and it’s easy to see why. The stunning scenery of the area, the activities that are perfect for all members of the family, the gorgeous places to eat and drink, the great accommodation available - all of this and more make the Lake District a sought-after location by many.
Take a look at what we believe are ten of the biggest contributing factors to the popularity of the area (and why you will love it too)
1. Popular for All Ages
15.8 million people visit the Lake District every year, an astounding figure that clearly showcases just how popular this area is. There is also something for everyone here, from The World of Beatrix Potter for the little ones, to water sports for the grownups. No matter the age, you will always find the perfect activity or event here.
2. Beautiful Scenery
Whether you’re a nature and wildlife photographer or just looking to relax for a few days surrounded by stunning landscapes, the Lakes provides exactly what you’re seeking. With picturesque villages peppered throughout the area, ancient castles, fells and historic locations, the beauty of the area will certainly enchant you.
Many people want to take their four-legged companion with them on holiday, and few places are more pet-friendly than the Lake District. Not only can you find accommodation that accepts dogs, but there are many places where your pet can accompany you, from restaurants and pubs to hiking trails.
The Lake District is well known for its fantastic trails and mountains you can hike, such as Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England which stands at 978 metres tall. Simple and easy walks are perfect for beginners, while more demanding trails are ideal for those seeking a challenge. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to enjoy many bodies of water, spectacular views and gorgeous wildlife.
For many, the Lakes are synonymous with quietness and escape. If you are longing for a few days away from the city where you can just unwind and recharge batteries, this area is perfect for you. The beauty of nature is only matched by its peacefulness, so you will certainly be able to relish the serenity that the Lake District offers.
6. Easy to Reach
It’s easy to get to the Lakes from main cities, such as London and Manchester (a journey that you can do in under 3 hours). Take the train or your car, whatever is convenient for you.There are many ways to reach the Lake District no matter where you are.
7. Fantastic Restaurants and Pubs
There are great places to eat and drink in the Lakes, from historic pubs with simple, but hearty, meals to contemporary Michelin-star restaurants where you can experience fine-dining at its best. It’s also worth visiting the area for the food itself, as there are plenty of local delicacies to try, such as Cumberland sausage, rum butter, Kendal mint cake and Grasmere gingerbread.
8. Local Food Produce
If you’re looking for natural, local ingredients, you’ll find it in the Lakes. Anything from organic local vegetables to fell bred lamb can be sourced locally and enjoyed in every town and village. From traditional recipes to modern dishes, these ingredients shine and make you want to come back for more.
9. Great for All Seasons
The Lake District is truly beautiful all year round, boasting stunning scenery throughout all seasons. You will find fewer visitors during winter, so this can be a great time to come by if you’re looking for a bit more peace and quiet. Enjoy the sun reflecting on the water of Lake Windermere, come to watch the leaves change colours and fall, or smell the blooming flowers – whenever you choose to visit, the Lake District is always beautiful.
10. World Heritage Status
Recently, in July 2017, the Lake District became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a well-deserved designation. The area was praised for its natural beauty, farming and inspiration provided to artists and writers, such as Wordsworth. Since delegates had been trying to get the 2,292 square kilometres area on this list since 1986, this decision has made many incredibly happy – including tourists who can’t wait to see what the fuss is all about.
You can enjoy the experience of a lifetime surrounded by the beauty by holidaying in this World Heritage Site and enjoying all it has to offer. There is so much to see, do and appreciate, including fantastic accommodation choices that will give you the perfect base to explore the Lakes.