Its almost a given that our Summer holidays this year will likely be in the form of a stay-cation. Whilst we are currently set to have a week in the Cotswold’s, our initial thoughts were either to head across to the Lake district or down to Norfolk – both of which would offer beautiful scenery and an array of activities we enjoy doing as a family.
I love the Lakes and have fond memories of holidays there with my sisters as kids – swimming in rivers, hiking and, exploring little picturesque towns! We used to camp, but finding accommodation in all varieties for any length of stay is easy too. Here are just 5 of the reasons we wanted to (and why you might like to also) visit the Lake District this Summer.
If you have visited the Lake district before then you will know exactly just how beautiful it is. Set in the North of England it is it’s known for its glacial ribbon lakes and rugged fell mountains (as well as its historic literary associations). It’s panoramic views and scenic roads are the ideal place to relax, unwind and getaway to.
Mountains & Walks
As mentioned the Lake district is well known for its rugged fell mountains. One of my faves from our childhood adventures is Hellvellyn – I love the tarn it has at the top and know my kids would love this hike and conquering this mountain too. This one is definitely at the top of our list to do with them when we get to the Lakes as well as Scafell pike, which is one of the UK national 3 peaks (along with Ben Nevis and Snowdon). If you are daring, you can step it up a bit further along striding edge which takes you to an extra peak on Hellvellyn, or if you prefer more casual walking, then each of the lakes has lovely little walks to do too as well as plenty of low land walks across fields and woodlands and by rivers and farms.
Our kids are at an age now where they love water sports (as do Nathan and I) and the older 2 especially can be a little more independent around water too. We love to do stuff like this as a family and so it would be a given that no holiday would be complete without a watery adventure (or 2).
Being rich in lakes, the lake district is obviously also rich with places to paddle board, kayak, go boating or wild swimming etc. Windermere is a great starting point to search for these activities to do, and also has a lovely little town to explore and eat at when you’re done. We are always seen by/in water when on holiday.
Beatrix Potter World
Also around lake Windermere in Bowness-on-Windermere is The World of Beatrix Potter and, with the new Peter Rabbit movie out it would make for a fabulous family day out that I know my kids would love. It brings to life her much loved stories and would be super exciting for children of all ages to visit – especially if they loved Peter Rabbit.
Not too far away is also Beatrix Potter’s house, which is a national trust attraction and another interesting place to visit whilst in the lakes that we would love to go to.
Easy Access to the West Coast
Finally, if you fancy a day at the beach or taking the kids to a theme park then Blackpool is right on the doorstep of the lake district and offers a great day out too. The pleasure beach is great fun for all ages, as well as the arcades and tower. Blackpool also has Madam Tussaudes there, but of course you could just keep it cheap and chill by having a day playing on the beach.
We would for sure be grabbing some fish and chips on the way home to round off any coastal adventure/day out. Blackpool and the west coast generally is another bonus of holidaying in the lake district this summer.
The UK is rich in beautiful places to explore, why not consider taking a break up in the Lake District this year? With so much beauty and plenty to do, it is on our UK travel list and is sure to be glorious and memorable!
*In collaboration with Hotels.com but all views are my own