Top 10: What to do in the Lakes (part 2)

Graham Hadaway - Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Last week we thrilled you with the first edition of our expert what to do in the Lakes top ten, and as we don’t like to disappoint, here’s part two…



Buttermere, Borrowdale & Honister Slate Mine


Buttermere and Borrowdale are neighbouring Cumbrian valleys. Buttermere is the wilder of the two; it’s the quieter of the two areas - great if you're looking to escape the crowds - but boasts beautiful views from the dramatic fells that overlook the village and its two stretches of water, Buttermere and Crummock Water. Borrowdale, is very much the busier of the two, showing off the typical Lake District landscape of green fields, drystone walls and quaint cottages.


Honister Pass separates the two valleys, and is home to one of the Lake District’s only working slate mines. You can take a guided tour of the mine, or, if you’re feeling a little more daring take a trip along the Via Ferrata for some amazingly dramatic views.


Climb Helvellyn


The twin ridges of Helvellyn are famous (or infamous) for miles around. Their vast drops and exceptionally steep climbs are down to the glacial action in the area during the last ice age. Although a great challenge, this climb is completed by thousands of people every year – it’s probably not a good idea to tackle it if you suffer from vertigo because you’ll find yourself hand over hand in certain areas.


Beatrix Potter’s house


If you want to explore the place of many childhood dreams then this little farmhouse in Near Sawrey is the place to be. This is the original home of Peter Rabbit, Mr MacGregor and Mrs Tiggywinkle; in fact, fans of the series will spot many features from the author’s illustrations.


Newlands Valley


Although there are some great views and amazing things to do, the Lake District can sometimes get a little crowded. When you’re looking to escape the crowds and enjoy a bit of time with your loved one – when you finally pull yourself away from your beautiful suite, that is – Newlands valley is just miles and miles of open countryside that remains pretty quiet all year round. You could tackle the Newlands Round which is a ten mile loop of the valley’s summits. Alternatively, if ten miles really isn’t for you, try the shorter route from the beautiful village of Little Town.


So, that's one to seven of our top ten covered, remember to set a reminder for next week's installment so you really can fill your time away wih visits to some of the greatest sites the Lake District has to offer. 

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