After the long drive up to Carnforth, Lancashire, we stopped outside our static home for the next few days. The rain was pelting down so hard, we could barely see out of the windscreen. Even the few steps inside saw us all drenched. And this continued for another 10 hours or so… My husband and I looked at each other… Had the curse struck us once again? We both agreed that if this terrible weather was to stay put, we wouldn’t be.
The following morning we felt a lot more hopeful. It was still drizzling, but the forecast promised the clouds would be dissipating. So we set about deciding where we would first visit on our Lake District family break.
Why we decided on a Lake District Family Holiday…
There are many reasons why the Lake District makes for an amazing destination in the UK – the first being it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is breathtakingly beautiful. There is also so much to see and do for the whole family, a region rich in culture, history and Kendal mint cake! If the weather is on your side then even a short Lake District break will have you feeling like you’re on holiday.
I’d been to Windermere some years ago, but this was the first time I had returned to the area as a family – and with so much to see, it was a tough call, as we couldn’t possibly do everything. And lady luck was on our side because the rain did disappear and in its place, we had glorious sunshine and bright blue skies.
The National Trust Lake District
As we are National Trust members, we used them as our guide around the Lakes (read here for using The National Trust as the ultimate guide to the Lake District), and a very good one it was too – as we had a real mixture; from picturesque towns such as Kendal and Keswick, castles, natural wonders to sweeping landscapes. We also go to explore nearby Arnside beach with stunning views of Morecambe Bay. We even got to ride a Victorian steam boat gondola on Coniston Water – made famous by Swallows and Amazons.
Lake District Accommodation
While we already had the use of a holiday home via members of our family, there is so much choice when it comes to Lake District accommodation. You’ll be spoiled for choice from a wide range of hotels, campsites, holiday parks and self-catering options. The hardest part is choosing where to base yourself to enable exploring the Lake District easily. Read here for suggestions on where to stay in the Lake District.
A Lake District Family Holiday in photos
I’m sure you can gather by now that we loved our holiday in the Lake District. And if you’re looking for a Lake District family holiday or a Lake District weekend break, there is more than enough to captivate – and you’ll be sure to want to return.
Here is a pick of our Lake District pictures that are sure to whet your appetite should you wonder why the Lake District is a must-see destination for travellers from all over the world.