The Lake District is one of my favourite places to visit in the UK. The region has miles of beautiful, countryside scenery, charming villages, and plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained, whether you’re visiting with friends, family or your partner. Here are some of my favourite things to do in the Lake District, plus tips to help you plan an unforgettable spa break.
Spend the day at Lake Windermere
As you may have guessed from the name, the Lake District is home to lots of beautiful lakes and waterways. No trip to the Lake District would be complete without visiting the picturesque Lake Windermere - the largest natural lake in England.
There are loads of fun things to do in Windermere and you could easily spend a full day exploring the lake and quaint town. One of my favourite things to do is rent a boat and explore the lake at my own pace. You can hire a rowing boat or a motorboat for a few hours or longer and don’t forget to pack a picnic.
Explore the Lake District countryside
The Lake District is a nature-lover’s paradise with hiking territory, nature reserves and glorious gardens to explore. You will also find lots of wildlife, including deer, otters, and buzzards. Cumbria is home to a human population of just 500,000 - there are actually six times more sheep than people, so you’ll be sure to spot some on your walks!
I always plan a few countryside walks when I visit the Lake District. If you’re not an experienced hiker, don’t worry. There are hundreds of walking routes to suit every ability, from beginners to experienced hikers. Don’t forget to stop for lunch at a classic country pub.
My top walking routes in the Lake District are Buttermere, Patterdale and Ullswater. Visit the Lake District National Park website if you want information on the most popular walking routes in the area.
Visit Beatrix Potter’s House
The Lake District is home to Beatrix Potter’s cottage, Hill Top. This was thought to be one of Beatrix’s favourite places and inspired many of her famous tales and books. I loved visiting the cottage and exploring all of the quirky artefacts and belongings that remain in the house. There is also a beautiful garden and a shop that you can visit.
Climb Scafell Pike
If you’re into hiking, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to climb Scafell Pike. The hike to the top isn’t easy, but you’ll be rewarded with incredible views of the National Park and a huge sense of smugness for reaching the highest point in England.
I joined a walking group a few years ago and climbed Scafell Pike in a day. Most people can finish the hike in around five or six hours. The climb is lots of fun but don’t underestimate how tough and challenging it is. I prepared for the climb by doing advanced hikes and increasing my exercise routine to build my fitness and stamina levels.
Treat yourself to a luxury spa day
After a hike like that, it’s definitely worth taking time out. The Lake District has loads of luxurious spas available, and I love to treat myself to some pampering when I visit. Planning a spa day is also a great option if you have bad weather while you’re away and want to escape indoors.
I recently visited the North Lakes Hotel and Spa and had an incredible time relaxing in the beautiful facilities. They have some great value overnight packages if you want to truly unwind and enjoy some indulgence.
Other favourites for a spa break in the Lake District include:
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I just love the peace and tranquility of the Lake District. It’s a magical place at any time of the year, but especially in the summer. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions - we’re always happy to help.