We realised recently, that the place all the members of our Auto Europe blog team would like to go for a short holiday in the UK, is the Lake District. Have you been there already? Let's explore this renowned place!
Located in North West England, the Lake District is the largest national park in the country. The region is characterised by mountainous landscape with blue lake waters, green hills, and woodlands. It is home to England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, as well as the deepest and longest lakes. We have made a selection of places to visit in the Lake District (not an easy task!).The Lake District, or commonly known as The Lakes or the Lakeland, can be reached via the M6 that runs along the east borders of the region. It is about a five-hour drive from London
or, if you come from Edinburgh
, you need approximately 3 hours to arrive there.
Our first choice is Keswick, a small town in the north of the Lakeland, located within a 10 minute walk from the stunning Derentwaters. A bicycle trip around the lake, some 8 miles long, is a perfect opportunity to admire and discover the place. As local businesses cater for tourists, getting outdoor equipment is very simple! One can also try a cruise along the lake of Derwentwater. Keswick Information Centre, located in a historic Moot Hall in the Market Square, is where you can find plentiful information about local accommodation, cycling and walking tours, and other outdoor activities. Head there, if you are new in town, and you will find out all about where to go, stay and what to do. There is also free WiFi, and books and maps for sale. Animals are welcome!
Ambleside, Windermere Lake
For the next day of the visit to the Lake District, we have chosen Ambleside, nestled just one mile from the Windermere Lake. It takes 30 minutes, driving south of Keswick via the A591, to arrive there. The road leads through the mountains, valleys, and the shores of the picturesque Thirlmere Lake. The romantic views from the hills overlooking Windermere are worth a walk or a bicycle ride. And if you are a more adventurous soul, you can try horse riding in Ambleside!
Going to the Lake District doesn't count if you fail to climb up the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike! There are two ascend routes, one less demanding, while the other requires more stamina but rewards you with some spectacular views! From the top of the mountain, you can admire the scenery of surrounding peaks and the mesmerising view of the Irish Sea to the west.Tourists flock to the Lakeland lured by the abundance of sightseeing attractions, outdoor activities, and the serenity of the nature. Probably, the best time to visit is in early autumn, when the weather stays warm and the colours of nature create some of the most romantic scenes you are to witness in your lifetime.