Are you planning a holiday in the Lake District? England’s top holiday spot is packed with excellent activities and destinations for lovers of exciting adventures, beautiful nature, and wonderful cuisine. From mountaintop walks to scenic lakes, we’ve tracked down the five best places to visit during your Lake District holidays.
1. Orrest Head
Orrest Head is one of the Lake District’s most accessible fells – a short, easy walk up to one of the region’s most scenic viewpoints. A short walk from Windermere Train Station, this light train is a favourite of holidaying families. Bring your camera and snap some shots of the wonderful views of Lake Windermere or depart the summit early for a tasty lunch at one of Windermere’s top restaurants.
2. Lake Windermere
Don’t let the crowds scare you away – Lake Windermere is one of the Lake District’s best natural attractions. Navigate the waters by kayak or ferry and see why the Lake District is regarded as England’s top scenic destination.
3. Holehird Gardens
Maintained by the Lakeland Horticultural Society, the Holehird Gardens are a scenic, relaxing oasis for lovers of plant life. Named one of the nation’s favourite gardens by the BBC, the Holehird Gardens are a great place to relax and enjoy the summer. Located between Windermere and Ambleside, the gardens are from dusk until dawn throughout the year. Entry is free but donations to the Horticultural Society are very welcome.
The view from Orrest Head makes it one of the Lake District’s top walking trails.Located to the south of Keswick, Derwentwater is one of the Lake District’s biggest bodies of water. Boasting excellent scenery and modest crowds, Derwentwater is a great family destination for visitors to the Lake District staying outside Windermere.
5. Cartmel Priory
Built during the 14th century, and renovated extensively over it’s life, Cartmel Priory is one of the Lake District’s oldest churches. Today, it’s home to a small museum in the church’s gatehouse, and is one of the Lake District’s most picturesque historical destinations.
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