Located in Cumbria in the rural North West, the Lake District is a vast area that is an extremely popular holiday destination and home to one of the UK's most popular National Parks, the Lake District National Park.
This wonderful National Park is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK and is an official "AONB", an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty meaning that it has been designated an area of countryside that is said to have such considerable beauty that it deserves to be properly protected through measures such as planning control and conservation.
As the UK's largest national park the Lake District National Park covers 2292 square kilometres and is home to some of the highest mountains in the UK including Scafell Peak that stands at 978 metres high as well as to some of the largest expanses of water in the UK. As the most notable aspect of the area, it is these lakes that give the area its name.
With around 14 main lakes, these vast bodies of water add to the remarkable landscape of the Lake District and are what attract over 8 million visitors per year to the area. The lakes are home to thriving wildlife and incredible flora and fauna and also provide a unique recreational resource for a wide range of water based activities.
The Lake District has a temperate climate and offers a mild all year round temperature and the UK summer makes for an ideal time of year to make use of the plethora of outdoor pursuits to enjoy. From adrenaline charged hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking or horse riding, to less demanding activities such as some gentle ambling, fishing or bird watching to name just a few. There are many beautiful quaint villages and charming towns throughout the area as well where you can sample some local delicacies such as Cumberland sausage or some famous Kendal Mint Cake.
The diversity of the landscape and stunning scenery are the ideal setting for taking part in an action packed holiday away and there are a considerable number of activity centres dotted all over the Lake District, for example the Coniston Boating Centre, the Glaramara Outdoor Centre or Homescales Centre both offering a range of outdoor activities. The natural peace and tranquillity of much of the area also create the perfect setting for a quiet romantic break away.
Accommodation on offer in the Cumbrian Lake District covers all needs and budgets and there is an extensive range to choose from covering bed and breakfast, self catering Lake District cottages or camping sites so there really is something for everyone.