A staggering 45 million people visit Cumbria every year and descend onto what is quite easily one of the most beautiful parts of the UK – if not the globe. Not only is the Lake District a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site but it is home to 16 lakes which are all uniquely diverse, home to a jaw-dropping flora and fauna, quaint towns and villages steeped in an abundance of heritage. From the Roman built Hadrian’s Wall, to the majestic Lingholm Estate where Beatrix Potter wrote some of her most famous books, there is a wealth of history to discover. And with so much accommodation on offer, such as luxury Lake District cottages, to spa hotels, there is something to suit every pocket. Which is why if you can only manage just long weekend, short breaks in the Lake District are well worth it.
Why Short Breaks in the Lake District Are A Must
I have fond memories as a child of spending weekends in the Lake District. From catching the boat across Lake Windermere to splashing on the shores of Lake Coniston, and filling myself up with endless cream teas and ice creams. Our last family holiday to the Lake District saw us take a Steam Yacht Gondola on a Swallows and Amazons adventure and discover some amazing National Trust sites across Cumbria. But the great thing about taking Lake District breaks is that we have always come away feeling like we can discover more – it’s easy to return to the Lake District time and time again because there is so much to see and do. But if you still need convincing, then here are some more reasons why short breaks in the Lake District are a must…
Lake District Weekends Are So Doable…
Live in the south of England and can’t face the long drive? Well, with Carlisle Airport now opening up to commercial flights on Scottish airline Loganair, it’s now even easier to travel to the Lake District. You can fly direct from London Southend Airport, Belfast City Airport and Dublin Airport from the 4 July 2019 in just under an hour. Carlisle Airport is a mere six miles from Lake District National Park so a Lake District weekend break is totally feasible even if you live some distance away. Find out here for the flight schedules.
Stay in Luxury Cottages in the Lake District
When it comes to luxury cottages in the Lake District, you’re spoiled for choice. Not only do companies such as Good Life offer tons of different luxury cottage options such as dog-friendly cottages in the Lake District to family-friendly homes with countryside views, but they all come with a touch of elegance and something that little bit unique. It’s important to find yourself a comfortable base to return to after a full day of exploration and adventure. Perhaps you’d like to sink into a squishy sofa and curl up with a book next to a cosy wood burner. Or cook a family meal in a wow factor kitchen and enjoy a glass of wine? Self-catering cottages in the Lake District can offer a more home away from home experience.
Amazing Adventures in the Lake District
From epic walking routes and hikes that can take you into hidden valleys and fells, as well as the summits and peaks of the ever-present Lake District mountains, to hiring bikes and going off-road – Cumbria offers every outdoor enthusiast plenty of opportunities to explore the wild and rugged terrain as well as the more gentler routes around the Lakes themselves. For those who really want something dizzying and unique then a visit to the Honister Slate Mine should be high on the list. Adrenaline junkies can choose from a variety of activities including climbing the mine and crossing an Infinity Bridge – which is strung across a gorge 2,000 feet above the valley floor! For those who prefer a more sedate adventure, there are many boat trips and steamers that can cruise along calm waters allowing you to take in the breathtaking landscapes.
Indulge in delicious food
Short breaks in the Lake District can also mean heaven for food lovers. There are many Michelin-star restaurants including L’Enclume in Cartmel and HRiSHi at the Gilpin Hotel in Windermere, which means there is some serious fine dining to be had in the Lake District. But posh nosh not so much your thing? There are some seriously good pubs in the Lake District serving up seasonal, local produce in dishes that are both popular and comforting. Head to Ambleside’s The Drunken Duck or the Kirkstile in Loweswater which is known for its deliciously homely food.
Discover a wealth of history
Step back in time and follow in the footsteps of the Lake poets including William Wordsworth and John Ruskin who all hail from the area and took their divine inspiration from their beautiful surroundings, as well as authors such as Beatrix Potter and Arther Ransome, who wrote Swallows and Amazons. You can also learn more about Laurel and Hardy – Stan Laurel was born in Ulverston. Meanwhile, there are so many historical attractions that have a significant place in history including the awesome Neolithic Castlerigg Stone Circle in Keswick, which we found atmospheric during our visit, as well as Roman forts, Castles and Abbeys. And not forgetting all the natural landscapes that have been forged over time.
* Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Original Cottages