Top Reasons to Take a Break in the Lake District

30 June 2020

With everything going on in the world right now, it’s no wonder we all feel like we could desperately do with a break. But with travel restrictions still in place and summer holidays abroad possibly having to go on hiatus this year, now is the perfect time to book that trip away to the Lake District.

British holidays are the agenda in 2020. They’re likely to be very popular, and places will get booked up quickly, so get into gear and start planning your British getaway now while there’s still time. If you still need some convincing, here are the top reasons why you should be taking a break in the Lake District.

Stunning Scenery

The Lake District is absolutely bursting with breath-taking views worthy of a postcard. Whether it’s their memorising lakes, stunning mountaintops or picturesque villages, wherever you go in the Lakes, you won’t be able to escape the beautiful scenery all around you.

There’s Aira Force, a beautiful waterfall close to Ullswater; Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain with a spectacular view at the summit, and Grasmere, a delightful village of cute cottages, shops, pubs and cafes with a charming view of surrounding fells. No matter where you stay or venture out to in the Lake District, you’ll be captivated by the beautiful scenery that follows you.


Fantastic Walks

A great place to see all the scenery that the Lakes has to offer is on one of their many walks. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a walking novice, the Lake District has a trail suitable for every ability.

In Buttermere, you can catch sight of some Herdwick sheep as you wander through the stunning valley past three different lakes. In Coniston, you can walk through this rich industrial heritage area and admire the striking working landscape, and in Ambleside, enjoy the peaceful slopes of the surrounding fells.

Each walk has its own unique characteristics. So whether it’s a nature hike you’re after, you’re looking out for wildlife, or you just want to find a peaceful spot for a picnic, the Lake District will have the perfect walking route for your needs.

Hiking in the Lakes

Take a Dip

There’s no need for a gym or public pool on a trip to the Lakes; there is ample opportunity for a wild swim on a hot day. The beaches of Grasmere and Buttermere are two popular spots, great for all visitors, especially families. Or if you’d rather a quieter and more secluded swim, there are plenty of lakes where you can dip your toes and relax.

Langdale tarn

Be One with Nature

Perhaps one of the best aspects of the Lake District is that it is home to a stunning array of wildlife. From red squirrels to bluebells, there is a plethora of fauna and flora that can be found all over the Lake District, just waiting for you to discover it.

With hundreds of gardens and parks to choose from, you can head to Buttermere to see nesting birds, Allan Bank in Grasmere and Aira Force for red squirrels, and bluebells and daffodils in the semi-open woodland of Dora’s Field. If you’re an avid bird watcher, a wildlife lover or just someone who enjoys the peace and tranquillity that comes with being surrounded by nature, the Lake District is the perfect destination for you.

Glaramara Peak

Great Places to Eat

The Lake District is full of villages and towns that are busting with hidden gems for you to discover, including an array of fantastic restaurants and pubs.

Often serving food made from fresh, local produce, these historic pubs can offer you delicious, hearty meals, or you can even find Michelin-star restaurants for some real fine dining. You can try some Kendal mint cake, Grasmere gingerbread or a Cumberland sausage for a real local experience.

Pub Food

So Much to Do

If walks and nature aren’t your thing, the Lakes is full of fantastic things to see and do. You can take a boat tour of Lake Windermere or tour the many castles and manor houses throughout the Lakes. Why not head to Beatrix Potter’s house for a look around or an all-inclusive tour? While you’re in the Lakes, make sure you explore all the little towns and villages dotted throughout the region, their quirky shops, museums, historic houses and market stalls.

On the larger bodies of water, you can find many activities to do, like sailing, kayaking and canoeing. You can indulge in some quirky architecture that can be found everywhere, or perhaps just settle down in one of the many tearooms dotted all over the Lakes for a delicious afternoon tea.

Boat in the Lakes

World Heritage Status

In 2017, the Lake District became a UNESCO World Heritage site, being praised for its natural beauty, farming and the inspiration it has provided to artists and writers, such as Wordsworth. So make sure you take a holiday down to the Lake District so you can see just why this place was added to such a prestigious list.

The Lake District is fantastic to visit whatever the time of year, but this summer with many travel plans abroad no doubt cancelled, make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to take a break and get away from the every day with a trip to the Lakes.

At Mill House, we offer luxury holiday cottages in the Lake District. With a large variety of different sized cottages, from a luxury cottages for two or large group accommodation for friends and families, dog-friendly cottages and many of luxury amenities, make sure you have a fantastic place to stay and enjoy everything the Lakes have to offer.

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