There’s much to love about taking a trip to the UK. Whether it’s your first or 10th time, you’ll find that there’s much to love! It’s important, however, to look away from the super obvious destinations. Most international visitors that travel to the UK only end up going to one place: London. And while that’s a world-class destination, you can’t really consider it to be a representation of the UK. London is the world!
So the next time you’re planning a trip, look at other places. One of the best destinations, not just in the UK but in Europe, is the Lake District.
In this blog, we’re going to run through some key details that’ll allow you to enjoy a trip to this corner of the UK to the fullest.
Part of the charm of the Lake District is that it’s a remote area that isn’t so heavily populated. Yet, this also means that it’s not as easy to reach as other parts of the UK. However, those that make the effort to get there will be handsomely rewarded for their efforts. The best option will be to fly into Manchester, Liverpool, or Newcastle, all of which are around two hours away. You could also fly into London and get the train up.
It’s generally a good idea to have a car in the Lakes. While you can get by without one, you’ll find that having a set of wheels allows you to reach the most beautiful and remote corners of the region.
Where To Stay
The Lake District covers a pretty large area, so it’ll be important to think carefully about where you’ll stay. Most people end up staying in Windermere, Grasmere, or Keswick. If you want the busiest town, then choose Windermere. If you’re a Wordsworth fan, then look for accommodation in Grasmere Lake District. Keswick is similar to Windermere. If you can’t choose between the three, then just pick any — you’ll be close enough to all the fun no matter which town you’re in.
To get the most from your trip, stay somewhere cozy. You’ll appreciate it all the more, especially if you’ve been caught out in a classic Lake District rainfall.
What To Do
It might not feel like it, but there’s oh so much to do in the Lake District. The number one activity is walking. Some of Europe’s best walks are to be found here! You’ll definitely want to pack a good pair of walking boots with you. If you’re looking for something a bit more active, then opt for kayaking, mountain biking, or climbing.
If you’re visiting with kids, then the World of Beatrix Potter — a delightful children’s character — will be a good option, as will a trip to the Steam Railway exhibition or one of the many castles that dot the area.
Finally, be sure to enjoy English life to the fullest, which means: a trip to the pub! Some of the oldest pubs in the UK are found in the Lake District. Not to be missed!