The Lake District
Situated in north-western England, this region is famed for it’s stunning scenery of lakes, tarns and reservoirs surrounded by mountains. Having spent several summer breaks in the area, I wanted to write an article on my experiences of the Lake District as a holiday destination, and to hopefully give you an insight into what it has to offer beyond what you will find in your typical travel brochure.
Being fans of the outdoors and the natural world, my family and I have spent numerous holidays across the Lakes region. From Kendal in the South to Keswick up in the North, each the areas I have stayed in and visited here are different and have their own individual charm.
Where I stayed
During my visits, I have stayed in a mixture of private accommodation, hotels and on campsites. Each of these offers a different experience and suit different sorts of tastes. For example, if you want to take in the beautiful landscapes without being left at the mercy of whatever the good old British weather might throw at you, there is a wide selection of hotels and B&B’s to choose from.
Take last summer, when I spent one week in the Inn on the Square Hotel (formerly the Queen’s Hotel) in the English market town of Keswick, in the northern part of the Lakes region.
Well situated in the middle of the town square, the Inn on the Square was a great base, its centrality meaning it was easy to access the many things to do in the region – whether we felt like hiking up Skiddaw, mountain-biking at Whinlatter Forest Park or having a cheeky portion of fish and chips from The Old Keswickian. There was also a generous selection of breakfast options included in the price of the room!
On the other hand, those who want to get a bit closer to nature could stay on one of the region’s many campsites. These sites are well-managed, often boasting great views and are easier on your pocket than the other options.
A firm favourite of my family and I is the Keswick Camping and Caravanning Club Site. Located just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre, it has everything you might need: being close to town, you’re never far from a supermarket, pub or somewhere to do a spot of holiday shopping. Not only that, the site joins directly onto Derwentwater Lake, where you can swim, canoe, windsurf or simply take a moment to enjoy the lovely view.