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Spanning more than 2,000 square kilometres, Lake District holidays wrap up the country’s finest natural attractions in a pretty bow. Lake Windermere, for instance, is the Lake District’s largest lake and one of the most spectacular of its kind. With winding woodland trails, deep fells and azure waters, it’s no surprise that this natural wonder is a popular stop-over point for visitors in the region.
For panoramic views, you’ll want to lace up your walking boots and scramble to the top of Scafell Pike. At 978 metres tall, this is the country’s highest mountain and, on a clear day, boasts unrivalled views across the Mourne Mountain in Northern Ireland and the frosty peaks of Snowdonia in Wales – a must-see on any Lake District break.
Looking for some local entertainment on your Lake District holiday? Pocketed around the edges of the Great Lakes are quaint market towns and villages, where friendly locals and family-run restaurants offer up fantastic food and entertainment.
Two of the most popular areas in the Lake District, Keswick and Ambleside, can be found pulled up neatly beside the area’s tallest mountains – perfect for taking in breath-taking views from your doorstep.
If you’re looking to go off the beaten track on your Lake District break, you’ll want to visit Grasmere. This hilly village is collared by high ground, and even has the river Rothby running beside it. In fact, so picturesque is Grasmere that William Wordsworth once described it as the “most beautiful spot man hath ever found”.
Life is either an amazing adventure or nothing at all, so why not get stuck into some new and exhilarating experiences?
Kick off your trip to Lake District by checking out one or two of these things to do:
For a comprehensive range of activities, take a look at our Lake District things to do page.
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Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre and Lake Windermere. Ambleside Pier and Townend are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum. Alcock Tarn and St Oswald's Church are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Ambleside, this inn is within 1 mile (2 km) of Grasmere Garden Village, Helm Crag and St Oswald's Church. Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated on the riverwalk, this spa hotel is steps away from Grasmere Garden Village, St Oswald's Church and Helm Crag. Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Windermere, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre and Lake Windermere. Wray Castle and Townend are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated in Ambleside, this hostel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Helm Crag, Grasmere Garden Village and St Oswald's Church. Harrison Stickle and Wordsworth Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in a national park, this hotel is steps away from Helm Crag, Grasmere Garden Village and St Oswald's Church. Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in a national park, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Harrison Stickle and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Pike of Stickle. Lake Windermere and Skelwith Force are also within 9 miles (15 km).