Things To Do In The Lake District

Things to do During Your Next Trip to the Lake District

Also known as the Lakes or Lakeland, this mountainous region in the northwest of England is a very popular holiday destination. Famous for its mountains, forests and lakes there's plenty to keep people of all ages happy. Make sure you include the following locations when you're planning your next trip to the Lake District.

Wordsworth House

The Lake District's most famous resident has to be William Wordsworth. He was born in this grand Georgian house in 1770. The house was actually built a few decades earlier. Based on accounts in the Wordsworth archive, it has been lovingly restored and is now a popular tourist destination. Guides in costume add a certain air of authenticity and are on hand to answer any questions.

Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum

William Wordsworth lived in Dove Cottage between 1799 and 1808. The rooms are filled with interesting artefacts, including the poet's passport, a pair of his glasses and a painting of his dog, Pepper.

Rydal Mount

This is the last place that Wordsworth spent some time. He lived at Rydal Mount from 1813 until his death in 1850. Take a walk around the property and gardens, and you'll see another side of this famous English poet. He landscaped the gardens himself and they include a writing hut where he spent many an hour writing some of his most famous works.

Hill Top

Another famous writer that spent many years in the Lake District is Beatrix Potter. When she died in 1943, she bequeathed her home, Hill Top, to the National Trust. Potter fans really must pay her home a visit. There are photos, unusual items made in porcelain and her own paintings to look at. If you want to travel further afield, there's a National Trust ‘Beatrix Potter trail' to follow.

The Lakes Distillery

Scotland and Ireland aren't the only locations that produce whisky. A recent newcomer to the whisky production scene is the Lakes Distillery. It opened in 2014 and has already gained a name for itself. There are daily tours and tastings, with alpacas to meet at the weekend.

Lake Windermere

The largest natural lake in England is located in the Lake District. Your next trip to the Lake District has to include a few hours here. The views are breath taking, and there are fun activities to take part in. Whether you're walking, climbing, cycling or boating, it's a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Scafell Pike

This is the highest point in England, standing at 978 metres. It's quite a long trek to the top, but the view of the National Park is stunning. Always check the weather forecast before heading out and make sure you're wearing the right clothing and footwear.

Honister Slate Mine

There's lots going on here, with a range of activities for all ages. Activities include a tour, the scaling of a mountain and crossing a very precarious bridge. It's also somewhere you can enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake, sat in the highest café in the National Park. When you're planning your next trip to the Lake District, remember to include some of these spots. There's so much to offer visitors of all ages, you're certain to want to return next year.