The Lake District: A Brief Area Guide

Lake District By Tejvan PettingerThe Lake District is Britain's most-visited National Park. Some 15 million people come here to explore the beautiful landscape each year and it is easy to see why. The beautiful fells, rocky outcrops, chilly mountain tarns and lovely lakes, waters and meres and the lush valleys make this one of the best places in the British Isles to enjoy the great outdoors. What better way to do so than a camping holiday. There are many campsites here to choose from, whatever your taste and wherever you choose to go within this picturesque region.

It is very easy to understand, as you gaze into the blue depths of reflected sky and see the sunlight ever changing on the water and on the hills that climb steeply around it, why so many artists and writers over the years have been inspired by this place. Many people come here for the scenery but many also come here to explore the Lake District's literary connections and to walk in the footsteps of William Wordsworth or re-live their childhood with Beatrix Potter or Arthur Ransome. Whether with kids, on a romantic trip or to just get away from it all, you are sure to find some places to truly love on a camping holiday in the Lake District.

Highlights of the Lake District:

  • Boat Cruises on Lake Windermere.
  • England's only true mountain forest at Whinlatter Forest Park.
  • Traditional Steam Railway journeys on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite or Ravenglass and Eskdale lines.
  • Castlerigg Stone Circle – one of the oldest circles in Britain said to be around 5000 years old. This site is a mystery to historians and archaeologists and while you take a look at it you can also enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Muncaster Castle, which is said to be one of the most haunted locations in the UK and will also give you an insight into this area's fascinating history.
  • Wray Castle – a neo-Gothic castle which is one of the best loved in Britain.
  • Dove Cottage is a must-see for lovers of literature and poetry. The world-famous poet Wordsworth lived in this idyllic house near Grasmere between 1799 and 1808. The museum next door is packed full of manuscripts and interesting memorabilia. See also the birthplace of Wordsworth in Cockermouth.
  • The area around Coniston, which has several sites of interest to fans of Beatrix Potter.
  • Hardknott Pass and Wrynose Pass – an amazing drive, though not for the faint hearted, this is a single track road that climbs steeply up and over the rugged landscape. Part of this route leading up to Hardknott pass is one of the two steepest roads in England. See amazing views and a Roman Fort.
  • Many astounding views, one favourite is that from the top of 'Haystacks'.

These are just some of the many highlights of what is known locally as 'Lakeland' – to discover more of the attractions and beauty spots you will have to come here on a camping holiday to find them for yourself.