England's Lakes District
Sights in the English Lakes District
England's Lakes District is a nature lovers' dream come true (evident by the many poems written about it). The area is relatively small (35 miles wide) and is considered home to some of the most beautiful terrain in England (not to mention its highest point, Scafell Peak, elevation: 3200 feet). Plan on a minimum of two nights and a full day. If you want to enjoy some of the many hiking trails, you should stay at least 3 nights. Rain and drizzle are often followed by clear skies and sun, so bring waterproof boots and a light rain jacket if you plan to hike. The many tourist information offices are loaded with maps and recommended hiking options.
Highlights of England's Lake District
Derwentwater- This is one of the most beautiful lakes in the district and Keswick is the best base to visit this northern lake. There are boat services available, manicured parks, a stone circle dating back 4000 years, a 5th Century church and easy walks leading to wonderful views.
Windermere- This is the largest lake (10 miles long) in England and Bowness is the most popular Victorian town on the lake. There are boat services or rentals available. Visit the World of Beatrix Potter Exhibit or climb from Bowness to Orrest Head for views over the lake and Scafell Peak. Another popular village on Windermere is Ambleside.
Rydal Water- This is one of the smallest lakes in the District. The village of Rydal is a popular destination known for its sheep-dog trails. In the town of Grasmere was the home of the famous poet William Wordsworth. A popular stop for literary fans is the Dove Cottage, once Wordsworth’s home and now a museum about his life and works, as well as a popular spot for teahouses.
Ullswater- This is the second largest lake in the district and is most popular with outdoor types. Active options include walking, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, sailing and windsurfing. Nineteenth Century steamboats offering cruises on the lake are also very popular.
Coniston Water- This lake is famous as the home of author John Ruskin. It is great for rock climbers wishing to get a thrill and wonderful views over the district. Nearby is the town of Hawkshead where you can visit a 15th century grammar school that Wordsworth attended, and the home of Beatrix Potter, author of the ‘Peter Rabbit’ children’s books.
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