Top 10: What to do in the Lakes (part 1)

Graham Hadaway - Monday, April 27, 2015


Situated on the edge of Lake Windermere, we definitely have one of the best spots in the Lake District, so we should be pretty good at telling you the best places to explore, the most amazing things to see and exciting things to do.


Here is the first part of our on-going expert guide to the Lakes…


Cruising on Lake Windermere


It seems only right to start at our own front door. Lake Windermere is the largest lake in England, stretching more than 10 miles between Newby Bridge and Ambleside. Bowness-on-Windermere is perhaps one of the more touristy areas around the Lake, and, lucky for our guests, we’re right in the heart of this exciting village.


If you’re feeling brave and fancy joining the quayside crowds then there really is nothing better than a scenic boat trip around the lake – other than resting your head on a pillow in our beautiful hotel after a hard day, of course - taking the time to visit all of its 18 islands.


Wordsworth’s house, Grasmere


William Wordsworth’s first home in the Lakes, this place is a literary lover’s dream. Currently owned by the Wordsworth Trust, it’s full of memorabilia that’ll keep you in there all day, including his glasses, passport, ice skates and even a picture, given to him by Sir Water Scott, of his favourite dog Pepper.


It’s not just inside this picturesque cottage that’s impressive though, outside is just as spectacular. Make your way out back and take in the breath-taking scenery that used to assist Wordsworth when composing poetry. The half-wild backdrop to his charming cottage helped him write some of his most famous creations.


Hiking in Great Langdale


If you’re a fan of fell walking then you’ll almost certainly have heard the name Great Langdale. Home to some of the most famous hikes in the Lake District, experienced hikers love the challenge of the Crinkle Crags and Bowfell. If this is something you plan to tackle then it’s worth arriving early to secure a parking space, as carparks fill up quickly.


We're extremely lucky to have all of this right on our doorstep (Lake Windermere, is literally a few minutes walk away), but that's not all, the Lake District has plenty more to offer. Stay tuned for our next installment of the Top 10 for even more activities to fill your Cumbrian getaway. 

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