A Look into the Lake District

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Three hundred years ago, the Romantics penned literary odes to it. In 1951, it was given National Park status. In 2015, it won Wanderlust’s Best Destination award. It’s easy to see why the Lake District is England’s most popular national park.

England’s largest national park welcomes 15 million visitors each year. And although it has all the goods for a mean R&R country retreat – peaceful villages, glacial lakes and golden beaches – visitors don’t come all this way just to look at the view.

Wetsuits and walking boots at the ready , it’s about to get wild.

Bagging Wainwrights

At 978 metres, The Lake District is famously home to Engalnd’s highest peak, Scafell Pike. But it doesn’t stop there. Known to walkers as “Wainwrights”, to locals as fells, and to everyone else simply as mountains; there are 213 more Lakeland fells to conquer , or “bag”.

Challengers could try and match the achievements of local fell-running legend, Joss Naylor. However, word to the walking wise, he managed 72. In one day.

Water Babies

Also home to England’s deepest lake, Wastwater at 79 metres, the Lake District’s reservoirs, tarns and waterfalls are the perfect landscape for aqua-loving adventurers. As well as kayaking, whitewater tubing, wakeboarding, sailing and diving, the Lakes also host the Great North Swim, the UK’s largest outdoor swimming event.

Back above the water level, climbers will also find the UK’s only Via Ferrata. And higher still, sky divers can freefall above lakes, rivers and mountains.

Food babies

Fortunately, the Lake District also knows how to reward its weary walkers. The historic market towns and lakeside resorts of Kendal, Ambleside and Keswick are big on the home-grown gourmet scene, with local fayre including Cumberland sausages, Herdwick-Fell-bred lamb, Grasmere gingerbread and Cartmel sticky toffee pudding. Great for foodies, terrible for vulnerable waistlines. But at least you’ll get to walk it off tomorrow.

Lakes Distillery, near Keswick

Where the Whisky lives. This local distillery offers tours, tastings and even the chance to join the production team for a day.

Lake District short break

Stay at a traditional guesthouse for three nights and explore the Lake District's most beautiful landscapes on two included day trips. Fr £395

Scafell Pike mountain walk

Bag the biggest Wainwright of them all and climb England's highest peak. Hike with a small group and professional mountain guide. Fr £22

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