The Lake District National Park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2017, due to its unique hill-farming culture. It is the UK’s most popular national park and it is visited by 15 million travelers every year. If you want to explore a one of a kind natural beauty, this is the place to be. Our article will help you find out more about how to enjoy the Lake District at its best.
Get your head in the clouds on Scafell Pike
If you like adventure and enjoy hiking, you’ll find Scafell Pike as an amazing spot. It is also England’s highest mountain with a height of 978 m, it will offer you some jaw-dropping sights from the top. The way up there is quite easy to transit, but proper equipment is necessary. Sneakers and jeans won’t do the trick. If you want to hike the mountain make sure you have hiking boots, a raincoat, backpack with some snacks for the road, water, and a map. The entire trip could take up to six or seven hours, so you should be prepared for a real adventure. If you are lucky for good weather you will get to see some amazing surroundings that will make the trip even more stunning.
Tip: check the weather before you take on this adventure, a bad weather could make the steep trails hard to navigate
Photo credit: www.grizedalesculpture.org
Lake trips with Steam Yacht Gondola
A great way to explore the Lake District is to take a trip on the lake with a wonderful and unique steam yacht. This yacht is a mix between a Venetian vaporetto and an English houseboat. It was built in 1859 and then restored in the 1980s. Now it has cushioned saloons and polished wooden seats. You can choose between half-lake tours that last 45 minutes and operate from mid-March to October or full-lake cruises for 105 minutes that run a few times per week. The latter covers the history of Ransome, the Campbells, and Ruskin. Another option would be the Walkers’ Cruise which gives you the opportunity to disembark at one jetty and take a walk to the next one. In the summer you can also have a picnic or a Sunday-afternoon-tea cruise. Since 2008 the steam yacht is eco-friendly, being powered only by waste wood.
Tip: National Trust Members have a 10% discount for any of the cruises
Explore Grizedale Forest
A suitable place for both families and thrill seekers is the Grizedale Forest. There are nine walking trails and seven cycling routes to explore. Some of them are easy and can be a good idea for families and kids. On the other hand, there are certain trails for hardcore hikers and cyclists. In the undergrowth, on your way, you will find more than 40 outdoor sculptures that have been created by artists since 1977. It’s a natural field of artistic expressions that will make your experience through the forest extremely exciting. On the official website of the Grizedale sculptures, you can check a useful online guide to find out more about these pieces of art.
Tip: at the visitors’ center you can purchase trail maps, while bikes can be hired from Grizedale Mountain Bikes
Honister Slate Mine
The Lake District has very much to offer and every place you get to visit will make your experience unique. Another interesting and amazing place to check out from your list would be an old slate mine. What used to be a source of slate is now a great place to spend your time by doing all sorts of activities. You’ll get to venture underground into the bowels of the old ‘Edge’ and ‘Kimberly’ mines and see where the slates used to be mined from. You can also trace the route followed by the slate miners. Take a little piece of the mine with you as a souvenir by purchasing new signs, house numbers or a fancy plate from the mine’s shop.
Tip: on Fridays, by request, you can visit the ‘Cathedral’ mine and the group visit must consist of eight persons and costs £25 per person
The magic land of Borrowdale
Patchwork of cliffy hills, broad fields, chiming streams, and drystone walls make the side-by-side valleys of Borrowdale and Buttermere a quintessential Lakeland landscape for many visitors of the site. What used to be an important center for mineral mining is now a much appreciated natural jewel of the Lake District. It is considered to be the walkers’ country and it is definitely a great place for those who like to explore and enjoy some works of art sculpted by Mother Nature.
Tip: if you want to experience the small farming villages in times past, you have to get in the heart of Borrowdale and you’ll get to Grange-in-Borrowdale, Rosthwaite, and Stonethwaite
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