The Cumbria Way is a long distance walk through the heart of the Lake District from Ulverston to Carlisle. Highlights include Lake Coniston and Derwent Water. The walk is comprised of five stages, each taking a day to complete.
Country house previously owned by artist John Ruskin. Near to Lake Coniston, so, if it's a nice day, combine with a walk along the lakeshore or even up nearby fell Coniston Old Man.
This has to be the best veggie cafe in the Lakes.
I had an awesome breakfast, looking over the mountains, in the (very rare!) lakeland sunshine. Great food, good portions, and a cool bike shop upstairs too.
Bell Close, Keswick, Cumbria
Fantastic area. Beautiful scenery, great little villages, pubs and shops. We stayed in a couple of cottages we found on the Lovetoescape portal - loads to choose from. Why holiday abroad when the exchange rate is bad, home has so much to offer.
Beautiful spot with great walks on the east around Place Fell. Take a trip on the Ullswater Steamers to get a good sense of the lake and, if you're feeling adventurous, head up Hevellyn from Patterdale or Glenridding.
Manesty Holiday Cottages are in Borrowdale, one of the most beautiful valleys in England, just a 10 minute walk from Lake Derwentwater. They have simply fantastic views.
You can walk from the door on to the fells (my favourite walk, Catbells is just behind the cottages) or to the lake through the wood.
They also have a natural wood-fired hot tub in a small woodland overlooking the valley that you can book by the day - perfect after a long walk.
The cottages are clean and warm and run by a family who live just a minute away. Good value for money. Highly recommended, especially if you are after the quiet life.
Manesty Holiday Cottages, Manesty, Borrowdale, Keswick
A hidden gem, the coastal Georgian port of Whitehaven about 15 miles out of the national park.
All the perks of the lake district, without the crowds or the expense. Fantastic harbourside with great places to eat, and the maritime festival is a well worth visiting.
This is the original of Holly Howe, the farm around which Swallows and Amazons was set. For some reason while your correspondents have acknowledged Beatrix Potter they have ignored the other great Lakes writer of children's books, Arthur Ransome. B&B accommodation is in the main house, and self-catering in the farm buildings - all to a high standard.
You can walk in the famous field down to the lake, where Roger (who grew up to be the asthma doctor who developed Intal) practiced his tacking.
At Windermere you can visit the Windermere Steamboats and Museum where the original Amazon, and Captain Flint's houseboat are preserved.
There are a number of pubs in Coniston village - a walk round the head of the lake - which do good evening bar meals.
As the title says, try one of the many boat trips or, if you like, hire your own, on lake Windermere. One of the most spectacular of UK Lakes, and the boat trip helps with relaxing and enjoying the views.
Bowness on Windermere
The Inn On The Lake has the most spectacular views of Lake Ullswater and never fails to induce a sharp intake of breath on arrival. This place is all about the location and it really is worth spending a few extra pounds for a lake view room.
Lake Ullswater, Glenridding CA11 0PE
Tel: 017684 82444
This is one of the most scenic campsites in the country, sandwiched between the steep slopes of Place Fell and the shores of Ullswater, with spectacular views across the lake to the Helvellyn fells. An excellent base for walking, watersports and mountain biking, or just hanging out on site and drinking in the magnificent scenery.
The Patterdale Hotel, 10 minutes’ walk away does good food in huge walkers’ portions and fine real ale.
01768 482337, www.lakedistrictcamping.co.uk, £4.50pp
It is in the perfect spot for taking on the Buttermere Circuit or the gentler option of walking around the lake. It’s a small and friendly site with great views and is away from the road so nice and quiet, bar the lambs whose barring might wake you up early doors. Get your revenge on them by tucking into the delicious spring lamb, the best thing on the menu at the Bridge Inn just two minutes from the site. It’s a hikers' pub with a garden and good selection of ales.
017687 70222 , www.lakedistrictcamping.co.uk, £5pp
A hamlet at the bottom of Skiddaw, near Keswick. Just a very nice place to walk, and there are rental cottages there. You can start the climb up Skiddaw there or just walk a little way up the fells. Also great views of two lakes
A Lakeland institution and a top spot to drink in the stunning views as well as the local ale. You might need to book to eat in the restaurant, but the pub grub is top notch – I’d recommend the ploughman’s, stuffed full of local produce.
Barngates, Ambleside LA22 0NG
Tel: 01539 436 347
Wonderful, wild and interesting. Walney has eleven miles of beautiful unspoilt coastline. You can spend a day mooching around in the sand dunes to the north or visit the bird sanctuary at the south end. Spectacular views of Cumbrian fells and dramatic sunsets.
Off Barrow in Furness. From M6 take A590 towards the Isle of Man. Walney is just before there.
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