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 “I wandered 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 at Hawkshead Grammar School, where he carved his name into a wooden desk. Then there are places like Derwentwater, that fired Beatrix Potter’s imagination – the Armitt Museum in Ambleside has a whole section dedicated to her. Or pack up your paintbrush and delve into the landscape that stirred J.W.M. Turner.
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 in one of Ambleside’s cosy pubs, accompanied by a glass of craft ale. 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.