INTRODUCING THE LAKE DISTRICT
This epic landscape of soaring peaks, picture-perfect lakes and twinkling tarns has captivated poets and artists for decades. Venture out on a fell walk and climb high for soul-stirring scenery. Cycle past cosy cottages, stopping off at a country pub. Hark back to Swallows and Amazons as you glide across the water in a rowing boat. Then settle in front of a crackling fire in your country retreat with some Kendal Mint Cake and Grasmere gingerbread for afternoon tea, Lake District style.
Peaceful valleys and rugged fells: wander over vales and hills in the path of poets.
Things to do
Conquer the legendary Scafell Pike, England’s tallest mountain. Fish in peaceful trout streams and kayak along secluded rivers. Or, if you’re feeling brave, don a wetsuit and dive into a lake for an invigorating open water swim. With gently rolling farmland and dizzying peaks as your backdrop, you’ll find spectacular views at every turn in the Lake District.
When William Wordsworth wrote of “Wandering lonely as a cloud” in his Daffodils poem, he was speaking of his beloved Lakes. Trace his footsteps and pay a visit to Dove Cottage, or see his writing for yourself in the wooden desk he carved his name into at Hawkshead Grammar School. Visit the spots that fired Beatrix Potter’s imagination – from Brockhole to Derwentwater, where Squirrel Nutkin sailed. Or pack up your paintbrush and delve into the landscape that stirred J.W.M. Turner and John Ruskin.
FOOD & DRINK
With all that countryside and fresh air to enjoy, it’s easy to work up an appetite on a luxury break in the Lake District. You could feast on herby Cumberland sausage or local Herdwick lamb, accompanied by a glass of craft ale from one of the Lakes’ own breweries. Or opt for inventive creations using local, seasonal produce at a Michelin starred fine dining restaurant. Just be sure to find time for a nightcap – a little locally-made damson gin goes down a treat.
When it’s time to give your legs a rest, climb into a Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway carriage and take a nostalgic trundle through the countryside on this vintage steam train.
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