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Why the Lake District should be on your travel bucket list

Lake District

Located entirely within the county of Cumbria, the Lake District has enchanted visitors for centuries. With its beautiful natural landscape and picturesque villages, there is so much to see and do. Already the most visited national park in the United Kingdom, why not join its 15.8 million annual visitors and see for yourself why it’s so special?

The Wildlife

Roe Deer

The Lake District makes the ideal destination for animal lovers. Whinlatter Forest and Dodd Wood are two great spots for viewing ospreys, while Ennerdale is home to both red and roe deer. There are also otters, grey wagtails and buzzards and last, but not least, plenty of red squirrels. Make sure you bring a camera so you can look back on the stunning scenery as well as any critters you spot.

Literary History

Even if you’re not a huge fan of the great outdoors, the Lake District has enough to keep you entertained. This is a part of the UK that is rich with literary history, particularly the small village of Hawkshead. Beatrix Potter resided in a 17th-century cottage called Hill Top that can still be visited today, while William Wordsworth went to school here and lived just a few miles to the north in Grasmere. You can also visit his grave at St Oswald’s Churchyard.

Fantastic Walks

Scafel Pike

If you’re a hiker, there aren’t many better places in the UK, or indeed the world, than the Lake District. For those of you that like a challenge, Scafell Pike cannot be missed. It’s the highest mountain in England and can take between two and five hours depending on your ability and the route you choose. If that sounds a bit strenuous then do not worry. There are hikes for everyone here, with Grizedale Forrest providing a more leisurely route.

If you are going to exert yourself on a hike, then make sure you’ve booked somewhere nearby to rest and relax afterwards. The YHA has a number of hostels in the Lake District, which provide the perfect opportunity to meet some fellow hikers.

Cumbrian Grub

Cumbria is not only famous for its beautiful landscape, its food has also been celebrated across the land. There’s the Cumberland sausage, of course, which can be sampled at The Lake District Visitor Centre café in Brockhole, but you might not know that the sticky toffee pudding was also invented here by Francis Coulson at Sharrow Bay on Ullswater. Keswick brewery, located in the town of the same name, will help you wash it all down.

The Lakes

Lakes

Although there is, technically, only one lake in the Lake District (the others are waters, meres and tarns), one thing is assured: all of the bodies of water deserve your attention. There are 16 of them in total, each with their own unique selling points. The view of Wasdale Head from Wastwater has been voted Britain’s favourite and it’s easy to see why. Ullswater, meanwhile, has its own ferry so you can enjoy the views from the comfort of your seat. Whichever lake you choose, you’ll soon understand why the Lake District continues to enchant visitors from all over the world.

Why the Lake District should be on your travel bucket list

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Hannah
    December 2, 2017 at 10:28 am

    The Lake District is one of those places that is on my doorstep but I’ve never been. I would love to visit Beatrix’s cottage, Hill Top, as her Peter Rabbit books were a favourite of mine as a child. Seeing all that wildlife would be a draw too. I’m not a hiker, but the landscape does look beautiful!

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      Mr and Mrs W
      December 2, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      It the same for us, when some places are on your doorstep you can often overlook them. You don’t have to be a big hiker to enjoy.

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    tom
    December 2, 2017 at 10:45 am

    planning on going next year and really enjoyed your blog. i have always wanted to see red squirrels so fingers cross i get to.

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      Mr and Mrs W
      December 2, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      Red squirrels have had a tough time and this is one of the few areas where you can see them. There is a website where you can post if you spot one on your walk,

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    Eva
    December 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Hi guys, love your post. When living in the UK I was always planning to go to the Lake District, but never made it in the end. Your post resparked my interest in going there, so I hope to be able to do so the next time I visit the UK.

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      Mr and Mrs W
      December 2, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      Although the UK is quite small and crowded you can forget about these open wild places, definitely worth a trip next visit.

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    Maram
    December 2, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Hello! This speaks to my love for the woods! Sounds like a relaxing place to be to disconnect from internet and spend the days walking.
    Thanks for sharing!

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      Mr and Mrs W
      December 3, 2017 at 8:22 am

      Yes, definitely place to relax and disconnect.

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    Silke
    December 2, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    I’ve been to the Lake District before and I agree with everything that you say. Without a doubt, it is one of the most scenic places in the UK. Personally, I was smitten by the lovely villages like Windermere, or the tiny bridge house in Ambleside. As a writer myself, I also appreciate the literary history of the region as you say. Need to go back!

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      Mr and Mrs W
      December 3, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Yes, it is very scenic. We are thinking of going back in the Spring.

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    Anna Faustino
    December 3, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Oh wow! I’ve never heard of this national park. Definitely adding it to our list! We are heading to the UK to drive a van around and can’t wait to see this. The hiking trails you guys mentioned sound good too! Do you know how large the park is?

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      Mr and Mrs W
      December 3, 2017 at 8:21 am

      We are sure you will love the area, have a good time

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    Danijela
    December 3, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    It looks beautiful!
    Love that there is a range of wildlife and some literary history at the Lake District, but when I’ve seen the photo of the Scafell Pike… Oh my, what a view! Stunning! Those hours of hiking would certainly be worth it. I’m not much of a hiker, but I’d become one if needed! 😀
    Lovely, really, such a serene area all together! Would love to visit some day. 🙂

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      Mr and Mrs W
      December 3, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      You can enjoy the hikes whatever your level, gentle or more extreme. You should go if you get the chance.

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    Skye Class
    December 4, 2017 at 9:41 am

    The Lake District is definitely on my itinerary in the near future, especially since it was added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site last year, and because I’m based in Edinburgh and it’s so close to me. I’m particularly interested in all the hikes you mention, and I’m for sure going to partake in that Cumberland sausage and toffee pudding. I didn’t realize this was the region the sausages came from!

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    Janine Thomas
    December 4, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I totally agree that it should be on everyone’s bucket list. It is a spectacular part of the country. I had no idea that it was the home of sticky toffee pudding, but I did know about Cumberland sausages. I have enjoyed many of those over the years. 🙂

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    Kim-Ling
    December 5, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    I would have to admit I’m not an avid hiker, but for views like that, I would certainly get into it a lot more! I’d love to visit Beatrix Potter’s cottage. And how interesting sticky toffee pudding was invented there! I think that alone is good enough reason to visit there and taste it at the source :p

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      Mr and Mrs W
      December 6, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      In search of sticky toffee pudding. Such a noble quest for the true source.

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    Meg Jerrard
    December 6, 2017 at 4:23 am

    Definitely no better place for a hiker in the UK than the Lake District! We loved Scafell Pike – a long hike, but as you said, there are hikes and walks for everyone – which is why I love the region so much! No better way to explore and experience the British countryside at it’s most beautiful. Can’t beat the landscapes!

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      Mr and Mrs W
      December 6, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      There are shorter hikes for the softer option. The landscapes are amazing although the weather is always a bit of a gamble. There’s a reason why it’s so green

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    Agness of a Tuk Tuk
    December 6, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    This seems like a truly awesome travel destination and I am definitely adding it to my bucket list, Mr and Mrs W. When is the best time of the year to explore this place and hike there?

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    Heather Haigh
    December 9, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Definitely on my list, must go soon

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    Lyndsey Cooksey
    December 9, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    The Lake District is one of my favourite camping places. Its such a wonderful part of the country. We go out for drives through Cumbria, Ulvester and round the lakes, I love it x

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