Must visit places in The Lake District

Aug 01, 2018

The Lake District has long been a favourite UK holiday destination, but with so much to see and do it's hard to know where to start. Here is our shortlist of five of the must visit places;

1. Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike is England's highest mountain standing at 978 metres high and offers simply breathtaking views (on a clear day) over Scotland, Wales, Ireland and The Isle of Man. To start your own trek, we recommend Wasdale Head as a great place to venture off from. For those not quite so confident there are experienced mountain guides that offer guided walks full of advice and knowledge that they will share with you.

2. Aira Force
Aira Force is the most famous of the Lake District waterfalls. Owned by the National Trust, this dramatic waterfall drops 70 feet against a backdrop of landscaped Victorian park intertwined with a network of tracks, footpaths and bridges through which a stroll is a must. The arboretum contains over half a million trees from all over the world.

3. Ullswater

A magical lake with stunning mountain scenery to the south and rolling hills to the north, Ullswater is the second largest lake in England, being nearly a mile across and over seven and half miles long.

Relax and enjoy the stunning views the lake has to offer by boat, or for the more active try your hand at a full range of water sports including water skiing, kayaking and sailing. If being on the water is not your thing, try the Ullswater Way, a 20-mile circular route that continues the full way around the lake.

4. Hardknott Fort
Founded under Hadrian's rule in the 2nd century, Hardknott Fort is worth a trip. Visibly preserved remains of the headquarters building, commandant's house and bath house along with the parade grounds beside the fort make for a fascinating visit. The views over the Eskdale Valley are simply stunning and best of all, it’s free to visit.

5. Grasmere

The charming village of Grasmere, Cumbria is like stepping back in history. Nestled in the heart of the Lake District, it’s streets are lined with pretty cottages, quaint shops, and plenty of pubs and cafes. The famous Grasmere Gingerbread can still be bought in Church Cottage where it’s creator Sarah Nelson first cooked this spicy treat.
The fells surrounding Grasmere make for a great place to explore on foot and this delightful part of The Lake District.


With so much to see and do you'll need a comfortable base for your stay in this most fascinating corner of England. Take a look through our selection of Luxury Cottages in The Lake District where you will find some of the best places to stay in the area.

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