The Lake District National Park in Cumbria is home to England’s largest natural lake, Windermere, measuring 17 km from end to end. The lake, and the surrounding towns of Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside, have been hugely popular holiday destinations since the 1800′s, drawing in children and families looking for lakeside fun, couples looking for seclusion and romance and outdoors enthusiasts looking for new hiking trails throughout the towering Langdale Pikes.
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Children will love the numerous activities both on and off the lake. A cruise along Lake Windermere with Windermere Lake Cruises will be sure to keep their interest with trips to mystical isolated bays and deserted ‘treasure’ islands. Off the lake, take the family for a day at The World of Beatrix Potter (great for rainy days!), a unique way to introduce the kids to Peter Rabbit and pals through all 5 senses. Why not stay for dinner? With its own on-site vegetable patch, you can be sure the there will be something for the whole family – Beetroot and chocolate brownies, anyone?
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, look no further than the Lake District. Windermere Lake Cruises aren’t just for the kids. How about a quiet sunset sightseeing cruise with someone special? Or even an onboard wedding! For poetry lovers, head over to Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum to see the place Wordsworth called ‘home’ between 1799 and 1808. The museum has regular workshops and poetry readings so check out the schedule to make sure you don’t miss out. For that unforgettable night, Zeffirellis has it all. Start your evening at their intimate independant cinema, then banish those hunger pangs at their award-winning Pizzeria. If you’re not quite ready to call it a night, their live music Jazz Bar is just the thing. Finish off the perfect day by crawling into bed at the exquisite Windermere Boutique Hotel. Check out the ‘Champagne Stays’ for an extra special touch.
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The Lake District National Park (the largest National Park in England) boasts numerous beautiful hills and mountains with walking and hiking trails ideal for all skills levels, from those wanting a gentle stroll through nature to experienced climbers. If you’re after that once-in-a-lifetime adventure, schedule your trip to coincide with the Three Peaks Challenge, a chance to climb the highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales – all within 24 hours! If walking isn’t your thing, Windermere also offers an extensive range of cycling routes, off-road motor sports, clay pigeon shooting, abseiling and much more – the possibilities are endless. A great place to find out more is Activities in Lakeland who can assist in arranging these activities for you. They can even offer itineraries for hen and stag weekends as well as corporate training.
Lying just off the M6, Windermere is easily accessible by car and can be reached from London in approximately 5 hours. There are also direct trains from London Euston Station to Windermere Station, also taking around 5 hours.
With such easy accessibility and so much to do, The Lakes are a perfect spot for a long weekend or an extended holiday in the UK.
Written by Globaltravelguide.co.uk
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