The Lake District is a hidden gem in England. It is famous for its breathtaking lakes, forests, mountains, and historic literary associations.
The Lake District had been on my travel list for many years, so when I finally took a break from the hassle of city life to explore the countryside, it turned out to be everything I imagined and more.
How to get there:
From London: There are direct trains from London Euston Station to arrive at Oxenholme Lake District in 3:43 hours.
I was in Manchester, therefore, I took the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Oxenholme Lake District (1:08hr). And then, another train to Windermere (15mins). From Windermere, it is possible to explore other villages by bus. You can also drive to the Lake District which is the most convenient way to explore the lakes.
Best time to go:
Anytime is a great time to visit, even in the winter. A local said to me “winter is actually the best time to visit the Lake District because you would experience lesser tourists”.
It is a popular tourist destination, therefore, it gets really crowded during the summer.
However, expect more rainy days when visiting in the winter and take an umbrella with you.
Where to stay:
For easy access (buses) to other towns, stay in Windermere & Bowness, Ambleside, Grasmere, or Keswick. These are all great places to stay particularly if you are traveling without your own car. There are buses that connect these destinations.
What should you not miss in the Lake District?:
1. Explore other small towns.
2. Go on walks. There are many popular easy walks in the lakes, particularly in Keswick. The Rosthwaite round is the favourite walk of the National Trust rangers which takes you to Borrowdale gem – the hamlet of Watendlath where you’ll discover oak woodland, two tarns, and stunning Lakeland views.
3. Take a boat trip on Lake Windermere, England’s longest lake.
4. Discover the life and times of William Wordsworth, one of England’s great romantic poets. Take an entertaining guided tour of Dove Cottage, where he lived, and find out about the Wordsworths’ daily life.
5. Visit ‘Theater by the Lake’ in Keswick.
6. Explore Rydal Mount.
7. Explore Lakeland Motor Museum.
Dogs in pubs: The Lake District is popular with travelers who bring their dogs on vacation, therefore, expect to be in the company of these pets even in restaurants and bars.