There are some places that just have to be visited in order to appreciate them fully and the Lake District is no exception. For those people who have never been it is hard to explain quite what it is that makes the Lake District such a need to visit location, but mention it to someone who has been and they know exactly what you are talking about.There is so much to take in, so many breathtaking views that spending a weekend may not be long enough!
With the leaves turning all the shades of autumn as the weather turns colder, autumn is the perfect time to visit the lake district.
From 3-star hotels to the very best in 5-star luxury, the Lake District has some truly stunning hotels. Here you will find hotels with character that blends into the landscape surrounding them. But do not be fooled these fantastic hotels have all the facilities you would expect from any excellent modern hotel. The difference is the character of these hotels, which is certainly a part of the charm that is the Lake District.
You do not just get good views in the Lake District; they are stunning, amazing, breath-taking all at the same time. The natural rugged landscape of the hills, with their rocky outcrops and wooded areas are a perfect backdrop to the calm waters of any of the lakes. Autumn makes the Lake District a particularly stunning place to visit with the autumnal foliage completely changing the landscape, frosty grass and of course the wisps of smoke snaking up into the air from chimneys as people start to use their wood fires again.
From small cafes serving vegetarian food to Michelin starred restaurants serving truly spectacular dishes, from Pub meals to Thai food, the Lake District has a cuisine to suit every palate and budget. The emphasis in many of the eating establishments is on using fantastic quality local produce like tasty Fell bred lamb, Cumberland Sausage, cheeses and butter made locally, and locally grown vegetables. No trip to the Lake District is complete without sampling some Grasmere Gingerbread, baked to a 160-year-old recipe in the tiny building where it is sold in the heart of Grasmere village, or even a serving of glorious Cartmel sticky toffee pudding.
A huge attraction of the Lake District is of course the walking. You do not have to be a really experienced walker to enjoy all that the area has to offer, there are plenty of lower level gentle walks to get you started, but it helps. You don’t have to climb too high to start appreciating the stunning landscapes, both Loughrigg and the Coffin trail near Ambleside have stunning views over Grasmere. For the hardy experienced walker, the draw is of course Helvellyn, Scafell or Cats Bells. Just remember as an absolute minimum to pack waterproofs, a flask and a packed lunch to enjoy when you reach the top of your chosen destination, all the better for soaking up that amazing view.
Whether you ask at your hotel the local tourist office or even in a local walking shop everyone you meet will be happy to suggest a nice walk or a place to visit in case of inclement weather. It is clear that local people have a huge pride, and rightly so, in the area they live in. A knowledge and enthusiasm they are happy to pass on to those people just passing through.
There are two sorts of people, those who have visited the Lake District and those who haven’t yet. So what are you waiting for why not take a look at some of the beautiful unique hotels the lake district has to offer at Lake District Hotels