For such a tiny island, Great Britain certainly pulls its weight when it comes to tourist attractions.
From Land’s End to John O’Groats, the United Kingdom is packed with things to do and see.
Every part of the UK has its own unique charm and atmosphere,
but perhaps the most attractive of all is the Lake District.
William Wordsworth called the Lake District “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found”,
and it’s easy to see why. Located in Cumbria in the far northwest corner of the country,
the Lake District is an unspoiled wonderland of peaks and valleys, towns and villages,
and, most importantly, lakes. From the dizzying heights of Scafell Pike to the calm
waters of Lake Windermere, the Lake District has something for everyone. Climbers, hikers,
sailors, and those just looking for a bit of peace and quiet, will find plenty to enjoy.
What better way to explore the largest lake in England than to cruise along
it leisurely and take in the stunning scenery that surrounds you on the way.
Windermere, the largest lake in England is around 10.5 miles (16.8KM) in
length and in places around 219 foot deep. It is surrounded by a beautiful
landscape of mountains and fells and has 19 islands inside this great lake’s water.
Windermere was formed between 16900 and 14600 years ago after the Late Glacial Maximum.
There are several boat services on the lake including steamers and launches, Ferries
and boat clubs. Steamers can take you from the southern end of the lake at
Bowness up to the top of the lake at Ambleside(waterhead). This journey can take
around 30 mins each way with some spectacular views along the way. You can also
hire a boat so you can explore Windermere are your leisure.
You can cross the lake by car if preferred to driving around.
Situated roughly in the middle of the lake’s length, the crossing takes place between
ferry house and ferry nab (near Bowness). The ferry crossing takes around 10 minutes.
Getting to Lake Windermere Piers:
Bowness on Windermere: LA23 3HQ
Ambleside Pier: LA22 0EY
Beatrix Potter fell in love with the lake
district after 2 decades of holidaying. She was often exploring the
countryside and had a love for Cat Bells and Derwentwater.
She was born in July 1866 in London where she lived until she
eventually moved, in 1905, to Hill Top farm in Near Sawrey in the Lake district.
She is best known for her series of ‘Peter Rabbit’ books inspired from her holidays in the Lake district.
One of the many places she stayed in whilst holidaying in the Lake
District was Wray Castle.
Wray castle lies on the shore of Lake Windermere. It was built in 1840 as a private house but in a very gothic
style. It is currently owned by the National Trust and you can visit the café, explore the grounds, and visit the Peter Rabbit adventure.
Hill Top Farm, the house the Beatrix first bought in the
Lake District in 1905 is also owned by the national trust. After her death she
left the house to them along with her wish of keeping the house in the
exact same state she had left it in. You can visit Hill Top and it is still as Beatrix left it.
A must see for literary fans is the Beatrix Potter gallery in Hawkshead.
The gallery, built in the 17th century, was once her husbands office! Every year the gallery has a
different exhibition and displays some of Beatrix Potter’s original pictures & sketches.
For families, a trip to the World of Beatrix potter at Bowness on
Windermere is a great way to spend the day. Walk through the exhibition and see the famous characters come to life.
SATNAV for Beatrix Potter Attractions:
Hill Top Farm: Near Sawrey, Ambleside LA22 0LF
Beatrix Potter Gallery: Main St, Hawkshead, LA22 0NS
The World of Beatrix Potter: Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, UK, LA23 3BX
Wray Castle: Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA
Popular attractions in the Lake District.
The Lake District has an impressive array of attractions, both natural and man-made.
For those in search of fresh air and exercise, there’s boating on Windermere, Ullswater and
Derwentwater, not to mention climbing and scrambling on Scafell Pike and Helvellyn.
If you prefer to immerse yourself in the region’s rich history,
you can pay a visit to the mysterious Castlerigg Stone Circle in Keswick, or any
number of ancient castles and stately homes.
Literary buffs will be in their element with the chance to
walk around the homes of William Wordsworth,
Beatrix Potter, and many others.
Finally, if you’re looking for something completely different
, why not take a trip to the world-famous pencil museum in Keswick? It’s more interesting
than you might think!
Check tours and availability for the
Lake District today.
Some popular postcodes for your satnav.
Bowness on Windermere: LA23 3HQ
Ambleside Pier: LA22 0EY
Glenridding (parking for Helvellyn):CA11 0PA
Wasdale (parking for Scafell Pike): CA20 1EX
Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II
and the most iconic building of the British monarchy, is one of the top
tourist attractions in the United Kingdom.
With its iconic 365ft high dome designed by Sir Christopher Wren,
St Pauls Cathedral dominates London’s horizon
Standing 135 metres tall, the London Eye offers you one of the best views over the city and a unique look at some of its famous landmarks.
Edinburgh Castle has been a
commanding feature on the horizon of Scotland’s exciting capital city for
hundreds of years and is certain to capture your imagination.
Top of the list for any fan has got to be the Warner Brothers’ Harry Potter Experience.
As one of the Queen’s official residences and one of the largest inhabited castles, it’s no wonder that it’s such a popular destination with tourists.
Located in Cumbria in the far northwest corner of the country, the Lake District is an unspoiled wonderland.
Built in 1066, these ancient stone walls have been used as a palace, prison, royal mint, execution site, armoury and even a zoo!
The great and the good have all made the pilgrimage to see Stonehenge, from Barack Obama to Miley Cyrus.
The magical Kew Gardens offers visitors a drop of natural beauty and tranquillity at a short distance from the centre of bustling London.
Home to many royals and the birthplace of Queen Victoria, Kensington Palace is now the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
TV and film are in Britain’s blood, but there are some places that are so iconic that you can’t fail to be carried away to the fictional location when you visit them.
Travel back in time and walk in the footsteps of Henry VIII, one of the most prominent Kings of England.
Take a tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and get stuck into some Scottish royal history.
Relish going ‘behind the scenes’ and exploring the history and stunning gardens of the real-life Downton Abbey!
As a world heritage site, when you visit Westminster Abbey, you experience one of the most historically significant places in the UK.