8 Lake District Holiday Ideas

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8 Lake District Holiday Ideas

The Lake District, commonly referred to as the Lakes, or Lakeland, is located in the northwest region of England and is one of the UK's fifteen national parks. The picturesque countryside features rolling mountains, deep valleys, pristine lakes, and dense woodlands.

The park attracts tourists from all over the world. The region is popular with outdoor enthusiasts and families, and the Lake District is a popular romantic getaway for couples. Visitors can explore the area on foot, by boat, or by bike, or they can pamper themselves at a spa and finish the day with fine dining. No matter the season, there is plenty to do in the Lake District.

With so much to do in the Lake District, it is important to consider some of the major sights. When planning a trip, one should consider the number and age of the people going, the travel budget, and the time of year. Couples come from various backgrounds and from all over to enjoy romantic short breaks in the Lake District. Windermere is the largest lake in all of England, and is the ideal destination for watersports enthusiasts.

Hikers and campers lover Helvellyn, one of the highest peaks in the Lake District and Keswick is renowned for its festivals and events.

 1. Make It a Romantic Getaway

Sometimes couples needs to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and spending a romantic break in the Lake District is the perfect way to do just that. Every quaint, charming village in the Lake District is surrounded by forests, mountains, and of course beautiful lakes. The Bowness on Windermere is an idyllic destination for visiting couples. The lake views, sunsets, pubs, and forest footpaths make it a perfect spot to cosy up for the weekend. Craig Manor Hotel knows how to roll out the royal treatment to create the ultimate romantic holiday for guests. Couples who want something more private can opt instead for a one room loft or villa. Some have jacuzzis and other high-end amenities.

 2. Experience the World of Beatrix Potter

The beloved children's author, Beatrix Potter, vacationed in the Lake District as a child. The area served as inspiration for her classic children's books. Potter brought to life Peter Rabbit, Tom Kitten, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and many other characters through her enchanting illustrations. Potter's success enabled her to buy several farms in the area, including Hill Top farm. Today, Potter's farmhouse is open for the public to visit.

 3. Take the Whole Family to the Lakes

Parents with kids of all ages can enjoy a family holiday in the Lake District. Center Parcs Whinfell at the edge of the Lakes is the perfect getaway for families looking for an array of entertainment options. There are also many family-friendly restaurants in the area, ensuring that meals are both fun and stress free. When it comes to accommodations, families can choose from quaint hotels or private villas, as well as luxury accommodations. Visitors on nearly any budget can find the right lodging for their families. In the Lake District, there are plenty of outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy. There is hiking, cycling, fishing, and more. No matter the time of year, a holiday in the Lake District is always full of hearty family fun.

 4. Board a Boat at Windermere

Windermere is the the largest lake in England and is a favourite destination for boating enthusiasts. A popular pastime in the Lake District is to take a boat cruise across the lake. Visitors can take sunset cruises that include a buffet dinner and night of music and dancing. Visitors looking for smaller boats to rent can choose from a variety of boats, including row boats and motorboats.

 5. See the Helvellyn Skyline

Helvellyn is one of the highest peaks in the UK, and nearly every day, people take to hiking the mountain. The mountain can be approached from the north or the south, and hikers should check the winds and weather patterns to determine the ideal starting point. Striding Edge is a favourite destination for scramblers. It connects Birkhouse Moor to Helvellyn at a jagged arete, which is a thin ridge of rock. Red Tarn is a small lake located on the eastern flank of the mountain. This small lake gets its name from the adjacent screes, or slopes of loose rock. Red Tarn is full of brown trout and freshwater herring. Some people prefer to spend a few days here among the beautiful scenery. Camping is a popular activity here during the summer months.

 6. Enjoy Water Sports

The Lake District is a great place to play on the water. The region boasts 12 of the largest lakes in the country. For those who like a challenge, the Lake District is popular for windsurfing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, scuba diving, and sailing. Many local shops offer everything from rentals to gear, to guided tours. Visitors can enjoy the lakes by trying their hands at fly fishing or rowing. The waters of the lakes are warmest from August to September. Water sports enthusiasts should make sure to have the proper equipment for spending extended time in the water.

 7. Finish Off the Day by Dining Out

One of the highlights of coming to the Lake District is the variety of restaurant options. Each village has hidden gastronomic gems sure to delight visiting palates. The village of Cartmel is home to the Michelin Star-rated L'Enclume. Food critics rave about the food there. L'Enclume is the perfect fusion of British cuisine and a variety of international cuisines. The Drunken Duck Inn near Hawkshead is one of the Lake District's finest gastropubs. It is so popular that visitors are expected to make dinner reservations weeks in advance, especially during the peak holiday season. Jericho's in Windermere has been pegged as a must-visit modern bistro. These are just a few examples of favourite dining spots on the area. Visitors are encouraged to explore the various eateries in the area.

 8. Enjoy Skiing in the Wintertime

During the winter, the adventuresome come to the Lake District. The Lake District Ski Club is one of the few places to ski in England. Glenridding is the closest town to the ski club, and even then it takes about an hour to walk up the mountain with skis, boots, and other gear. At the top of the path, there is a ski tow that pulls skiers and snowboarders near the top of the slope. The button tow is in operation only during winter months, mostly on weekends, and occasionally on weekdays. The Lake District Ski Club is for intermediate and advanced skiers only. The trails are not groomed, so conditions here change on a day-to-day basis.

Because there is so much to do in the Lake District, it is important to choose dates based on what activities are on, as some activities are seasonal. The chart below is a quick guide of when travellers should visit the area, if the plan is to spend time outdoors.


Outdoor Activities




Canoeing, kayaking, hiking


Hiking, camping cycling, scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing


Canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and in September camping, scuba diving, and windsurfing

Many of the attractions in the Lake District can be enjoyed all year long. Should guests arrive and inclement weather sets in, there is an array of indoor activities in the area. Visitors in Keswick can see The Great Theatre, a cinema, or the Cars of the Stars Museum. They can also take a ride on the Lakeside Railway and visit the aquarium on the other side.

How to Shop for a Lake District Holiday on eBay

Whether you need a swimming costume or you are looking for a new grill to take camping, finding the right equipment for the right price on eBay is a breeze. Entering keywords in your search narrows down results. For example 'camping grill' is a good search term, and 'camping gas grill' is even more concise. Should you find that the local search engine returns too few results, eliminate some keywords to broaden your search. You can also search for holiday accommodation and travel packages to the Lake District by simply entering a description of the type of holiday you would like to take into the search field. Check out eBay's Search Tips page for more helpful hints.

 Get to Know Your Seller

In addition to researching items to take to the Lake District, you should spend a few minutes researching the sellers. A quality seller has a high approval rating and positive feedback comments. Sellers with a long history of exceptional customer service and satisfaction are awarded top-rated seller status by eBay. Look for the designating icon next to the seller's username.


Summer, autumn, winter, or spring, the Lake District is a popular holiday destination for all kinds of tourists. Depending on the desired activities, visitors can choose from a variety of villages and activities within the nearly 2,300 square mile reserve. During the warmest months, paths are frequently travelled by people on foot, bike, or horseback. Outdoor enthusiasts can double the pleasure and explore the area by water. Whether boating, swimming, or scuba diving, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the regions iconic lakes.

Families with children can visit the home of Beatrix Potter and see the landscape that inspired the Peter Rabbit books. Couples can spend a romantic holiday relaxing and enjoying fine dining. The Lake District has a variety of festivals and events every month. When making reservations for a holiday getaway, travellers are encouraged to check event calendars for the area so as to incorporate events into their holidays.

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