The 5 Most Scenic Holiday Spots in the Lakes

The 5 Most Scenic Holiday Spots in the Lakes

Friday, May 24th, 2013

London by far remains the most popular destination in the UK as a thriving tourist city but many holidaymakers crave the serenity and peace and quiet that rural regions offer.

Why not escape the hustle and bustle of a clogged city and opt for tranquil surroundings that the Lake District presents?

With its picturesque landscapes and fresh clean air, there are a whole range of holiday hotspots that are simply breathtaking. And many of them are ideally located near luxury log cabins in the Lake District for the ultimate pastoral experience!

Here are the top 5 most scenic holiday spots:

  • Windermere

Windermere is England’s largest lake at 10 ½ miles long and just a mile from the lake is a pretty village. Nestled in the valley between various fells is Ambleside, a charming area that is a hotspot for walkers. Take a boat from Waterhead to capture some of the amazing water wildlife and travel to Bowness which has a rustic railway station and charming little shops.

Go walking, hiking or cycling along the rugged landscapes and try your hand at orienteering.

  • Kendal

This old market town is one of the most beautiful parts of England. It is the perfect base for walkers and has a variety of local shops. The town’s history and culture make it a very popular destination and it has a vast array of attractions including museums, art galleries and leisure facilities.

  • Penrith

Penrith is the second gateway to the Lakes and is ideal to explore scenic lakes and fells. The old town was originally built in 500 BC and it is home to the ancient site of King Arthur’s Round Table.

Check out the magnificent architecture, rich history and the marketplace for cute cattle and other livestock.

  • Coniston

Coniston is a charming little village which sits at the foot of Coniston Old Man, the seventh highest mountain in England. It is a very peaceful place with a few shops and cafes, and it is very serene.

Coniston Water is around half a mile from the village and the Eastern Fells of Fairfield & Helvellyn dominate the glorious views at the head of the lake. John Ruskin’s home is open to visit with its beautiful gardens.

  • Grasmere

Grasmere is a lovely little village that sits at the foot of some spectacular fells. It has its own lake, many quaint pubs and shops and you must try some of the legendary Grasmere Gingerbread.

Visit Wordsworth’s grave in the churchyard, hire a rowing boat in the summer time, and go for a walk along Red Bank Road. To the west of Rydal Water is a huge cave which is extremely enchanting and often pretty reflections can be seen in the lake.

Windermere
WindermereEnnor / Water Photos / CC BY-NC-SA

Have you visited any of these scenic hotspots beforehand? We’d love to hear your stories!

This article was written by South Lakeland Lodges, the go-to-experts for holiday lodges in the Lake District. Many of the parks are situated close to these holiday hotspots, just visit the site for more information.