DestinationsA Guide to Visit Lake District and the Best Places to Stay
A Guide to Visit Lake District and the Best Places to Stay

A Guide to Visit Lake District and the Best Places to Stay

The Lake District in the heart of Cumbria is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with so many breathtaking vistas. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the Lake District is the most visited national park in the United Kingdom. Let’s follow The Broad Life to know more about this national park and prepare for your next trip to the place.

About Lake District, England

Located in the northwest of the country, close to the border with Scotland, the Lake District is currently the UK’s largest National Park with a total area of ​​about 2,362 km2. With an altitude of nearly 1,000 meters above sea level, this national park is a gem with many lakes, forests, and majestic mountains. True to the name Lake District, there are 16 lakes with 150 high peaks, more than 50 valleys, 6 national nature conservation centers, and hundreds of ancient towns scattered creating picturesque scenery. Also, it’s home to England’s highest mountain – Scafell Pike, and the deepest Wast Water.

wast water deepest lake in England
Wast Water is the deepest lake in England at about 78 meters.

Alongside the top travel destinations in the cities in England, The Lake District in the summer months is considered a top tourist attraction with excellent scenery and climate. Its timeless landscape is crystal clear lakes with shimmering waters that reflect mountains and thousands of vast forests. This is the ideal place for weekend picnics, or to satisfy the passion for trekking and hiking of sports followers. Coming to the natural landscape of the Lake District, you will feel like time is standing still, only you are alone standing in the middle of the vast mountains and forests.

How to Get to Lake District National Park

There are different ways that you can choose to go to Lake District:

a lake in lake district england
Lake District is one of the most-visited national parks in the country.

A. By Car

With a desirable location in Cumbria’s beautiful countryside, the easiest way to get to and around Lake District National Park is by car. Just off the M6 ​​motorway, the drive to the Lake District from London takes around 5 hours. Since the high-speed Virgin takes less time than this, you can choose to catch the train to Oxenholme. Then, you rent a car from there so you can explore more of the lakes at your leisure.

B. By Plane

All nearby airports are about a 2-hour drive from Lake District National Park. The nearest airports are Manchester, Liverpool, and Glasgow. They have flights to European cities with daily non-stop flights. From any of those airports, the easiest and cheapest way to the lake is to arrange a pick-up from where you are staying.

When to Visit the Lake District?

Windermere is one of the most famous lakes in Lake District England
Windermere is one of the most famous lakes in the Lake District, England.

The Lake District National Park is a popular British tourist destination and a year-round destination, with its landscape changing beautifully throughout the seasons. The coldest weather falls between November and February. It’s when you can expect plenty of rain but also plenty of opportunities to enjoy cozy traditional pubs. In contrast, August is the hottest month with average daytime temperatures reaching 30oC.

Winter has an average of 20 days of snow. In spring, daffodils carpet the stunning landscape. While in autumn, the area is filled with color.

Lake District Attractions to Visitors

With many attractions, the Lake District has so many things to do. It is divided into three areas west, north, and south. Among the most famous lakes here are the two lakes Windermere and Grasmere. However, the interesting thing is that this park has only one main lake – Bassenthwaite Lake. Also, there is the highest mountain in England – Scafell Pike located in this area.

Aira Force Waterfall

Like other waterfalls in Northern England, the word “Force” in its place name reflects a Viking legacy dating back some 1100 years.

aira force waterfall
Aira Force Waterfall is one of the most magnificent and well-known waterfalls in Lake District England.

Ambleside Village

Ambleside is a great place to spend a few hours wandering around the lovely shops. Furthermore, just a short walk from the center of town is the Stock Ghyll Force, a stunning 70-foot waterfall in springtime when daffodils bloom.

shops in Ambleside village
A corner in Ambleside village with many shops.

Actually, this area is very popular with hikers due to the excellent walking paths around Ambleside. Hence, don’t forget to bring your hiking shoes!

Town of Bowness-on-Windermere

The 500-year-old town has entered many classic British literary works. If your budget is good, you can rent a sailboat to go along the lake and enjoy the landscape. When needed, you can anchor at a certain wharf to admire your favorite scenery.

town of Bowness-on-Windermere
The town of Bowness-on-Windermere becomes a top tourist destination in the region of the Lake District.

From Lake Windermere, you can see the space surrounded by small forests, several majestic castles, and vast parks of flowers. Walking on the ancient paved streets, you will see gardens full of flowers, which are unique works of art.

The Village of Grasmere

There are a few cottages located by a stream in the Lake District National Park. Here you will be amazed by the traditional houses of the English highlands. To illustrate, they are small, low houses built of stone and roofed with a kind of reed. Yet, this built-on-stone architecture is different from the townhouses outside the town.

houses and cars in the village of Grasmere
The village of Grasmere is named after its lake beside. It’s also been home to the poets William and Dorothy Wordsworth for 14 years.

The village has only a few dozen houses located around a small lake, which is also where ducks live. The road to the village has flowers covering the trails, mushrooms growing everywhere, and fish can be seen swimming under the mossy stone bridge.

Grizedale Forest

Visiting the stunning Grizedale Forest, you will not only discover fascinating views all around but also find an ‘outdoor gallery’ of contemporary art.

'Some Fern' sculpture in Grizedale Forest
This sculpture’s name is ‘Some Fern’, in Grizedale Forest. Image source: Karl and Ali in Geograph.
'Silurian Cant', a sculpture in Grizedale Forest
‘Silurian Cant’, a sculpture in Grizedale Forest. Image source: Karl and Ali in Geograph.

Lake District is a traditional agricultural area that has been exploited to its strength since ancient times. Although this area has been exploited for a long time and is located close to many industrial cities, the Lake District still wastes natural resources and maintains a peaceful atmosphere. To this day, Lake District National Park has captivated many authors, poets, and painters.

In fact, Lake District receives approximately 18 million visitors each year. Farmers working in the area hope that UNESCO will make the Lake District more attractive to international tourists. However, they also hope that UNESCO will help oversee tourism activities and conservation efforts in the national park.

What to Eat in Lake District?

Truly, Lake District National Park is more than just a paradise for those who love to explore the great outdoors. Along with secret nature trails and scenic hikes, it is also famous for a number of great foods. Whether it’s a recipe passed down through the generations, or a quality dish that has built a reputation over the years, foodies from across the UK come to Lake District to enjoy quality foods at the place.

Yes, Lake District is home to many regional specialties including Cumberland Sausage, Kendal Mint, and Grasmere Gingerbread. However, there are also newer twists on the traditional flavors to enjoy, with Kendal Mint Cake Liqueur and Damson ketchup,… Below we share some typical and traditional dishes in each region of the national park.

Grasmere Gingerbread

Grasmere Gingerbread Shop
“World-famous Grasmere Gingerbread® is only made here” – from the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop.

Invented by Sarah Nelson in 1854, the award-winning Grasmere Gingerbread claims to be ‘the best gingerbread in the world’ and attracts foodies all over the UK. The compelling quality of gingerbread is that it’s still baked daily according to her original sweet, spicy, and super-secret recipe. It’s sold at the Sarah Nelson church, which is renovated into a Grasmere Gingerbread Shop now.


damson fruit in Lake District England
Damson in Lake District has a unique flavor.

Fruit of the plum family. It has grown in the Lyth Valley since the 1700s. Although available throughout the UK, the particularly delicious, unique flavor of those grown in the Lyth Valley thanks to Cumbria’s perfect climate. They are harvested in September and used to make a multitude of delicious local products such as gin, cakes, jams, chutneys, and cheeses. There is even an annual national fair held to celebrate these unique fruits!

Cumberland Sausage

Cumberland sausage in Lake District
Cumberland sausage, which is produced by the Cumberland pig, is a unique food in Lake District.

The exceptional quality of Cumbrian sausage is that it is one of the very few products to be awarded the PGI label. To elaborate, this label was created to protect the reputation of local food and will only be enacted if the EU agrees that the product has characteristics or qualities that are a result of the region associated with it.

Cumberland sausages have a long, rolled appearance and are sold by weight or length. It is traditionally made from Cumberland pigs, which once became extinct in the 1960s, and flavored with herbs, spices, and pepper.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

sticky toffee pudding
The popular Sticky Toffee Pudding. Image source: stu_spivack on Flickr.

Francis Coulson created the original Pudding Sticky Toffee recipe in the 1970s. Another popular pudding recipe comes from Cartmel, who originally only sold their famous pudding at the Cartmel Village Store in Lake District National Park.

Kendal Mint Cake

kendal mint cake from lake district cumbria england
Kendal Mint Cake is a great source of energy for climbers and mountaineers.

Another top-secret recipe, Kendal Mint Cake has been a Cumbrian delicacy since it was created by Joseph Wiper in 1869. Its high energy content means it has become food for mountain climbers for many years. Even, it is carried to Mount Everest! Due to growing demand, Romney’s began producing homemade Treacle Toffee and Fudge, as well as brown, white, concentrated, and chocolate-coated versions of the world-famous original Mint cake recipe.

The Best Places to Stay in Lake District

Here are suggestions for some great places that you can stay while traveling to Lake District National Park:

Holbeck Ghyll

Holbeck Ghyll and visitors' cars
The 4-star Holbeck Ghyll has cozy rooms and a boutique spa.

With one of the best views of Lake Windermere in the Lake District, Holbeck Ghyll is a great place to stay for first-timers. There are several popular walking routes that start right at your doorstep, or if the weather is unfavorable, you can hide in the spa. Rooms are playfully named after Beatrix Potter characters and either overlook the lake or face back into the street.

The Gilpin Hotel

gilpin hotel on a 21 acres with 28 bed rooms is one of the best places to stay in Lake District
Gilpin Hotel locates on 21 acres of land with 28 bedrooms and a Michelin-starred restaurant.

The Gilpin Hotel offers the ultimate luxury getaway, with just 28 rooms, two award-winning restaurants, and a soccer field! For the ultimate in luxury, the five Spa Lodges come with their own built-in spas complete with outdoor hot tubs overlooking the moors.

The Forest Side

forest side hotel is one of the best places to stay in Lake District
A view of the Forest Side hotel.
mussels and caviar dish from Forest Side's restaurant
Mussels & Caviar is one of the top dishes from the Michelin-starred restaurant on the Forest Side.

Combining a Michelin-starred restaurant with luxurious rooms, the heart of Forest Side is the food. No vacation here is complete without enjoying a locally inspired menu. By the way, the well-known Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread Shop is not far from the Forest Side.

The Samling

samling hotel is one of the best Lake District places to stay
The tastiest foods are the top attraction of Samling Hotel.

Another hotel with stunning views and another with a Michelin-starred restaurant, you certainly can’t mistake it for Samling. With a view of Lake Windermere, you can eat and sleep with a beautiful view of the lake.

The Malabar

the malabar hotel is one of the best places to stay in Lake District
The Malabar hotel. Image credit to The Travelling Stomach.

Just across the highway from the Lake District, head to Malabar for a cozy ride. Make yourself comfortable here, from a hearty breakfast to a bottle of vino from the cellar.

With stunning landscapes, mountains, lakes, and pretty towns, it’s no wonder that Lake District has become the muse of poets and writers like William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

This post contains affiliate links from which I can earn commissions if you use services or buy products from the blog’s partners. If you love the blog, please use the services or buy the products. In that way, you give me support for the blog’s maintenance and development. I appreciate it a lot and thank you for that!

Hey, I Have Travel Planning Resources Here to Help You Easily Plan Your Trip

Essential Items

Don't forget to bring the Travel Medicines, as well as your necessary Travel Kit.

If Your Next Destination Requires a Visa

IVISA will help you with their speed, simple, and secured services with just a minimal chance of being rejected.

Find Your Flight and Transportation to The Destinations

You can read my travel tips to Find Cheap Flights. You can also use 12Go to book buses, trains, ferries, or any transportation to places.

Book An Accommodation

I mostly use to find a place for my trip. Sometimes I try to Get Free Credits on Airbnb to book homestays.

Driving Yourself Will be More Enjoyable

You can easily compare prices and find great deals on Discover Cars.

Protect Yourself and Your Trip

Travel Insurance is Important, especially after COVID-19, there are more possible health issues and pandemics. Please don't forget to have a shield for yourself and your trips!


lake district best places to stay - the broad life pinterest board
lake district england - the broad life pinterest board

Khoi Nguyen builds The Broad Life with a desire to inspire people go exploring the world and live a more interesting, experience, and adventurous life. This blog shares the stories, pictures, and experiences at destinations where he has traveled to.


  • Olga

    Thank you for an inspirational article! I love every image on this page. I hope I`ll visit England one day.

  • Krystle

    The waterfall is gorgeous! I would also love to try the sticky toffee pudding.

  • TweenselMom (@TweenselMom)

    Wow, the lake view looks breathtaking! There are also a lot of places to go sightseeing.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Lake District truly has great scenes that are extremely attractive.

  • Ivan Carlo Jose

    What a beautiful place and wonderful experience. It sure is nice to go on an adventure here.

  • pacioalita9

    Such a beautiful countryside. I’d love to drive around the lake and get there by car. It’s more fun!

  • Ntensibe Edgar

    Wow! I didn’t know places like these existed in the United Kingdom. I am attracted to Wast Water lake. Thanks for sharing about them all.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      You’re welcome! And have a great trip to the Lake District. 😉

  • May De Jesus-Palacpac

    You had me at sausage and gingerbread, haha!
    Seriously, though, the places you specified here are gorgeous! I would love to see all those tourist sites and stay at those castle-looking hotels. We don’t have those, here. Our hotels here are plain, boring buildings, haha!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Different places have different attractions, bro. But this place has so many attractions haha.
      Btw, where are you?

  • Rose A (@mail4rosey)

    I do like a quaint little village. And who doesn’t love a waterfall?

    • Khoi Nguyen

      The villages are truly great destinations to visit in Lake District.

  • Fransic verso

    The food look buzzing and the place is amazing. I will save this guide for future reference

  • An Indian Traveler

    Lake District has indeed many amazing views. It seems like a great place to spend time. Would like to stay at Holbeck Ghyll and try Sticky Toffee Pudding.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      You have great choices for a great trip to the Lake District National Park.

  • Chikumo Fiseko

    This is so beautiful! I would be going to England in a few months from now. I will take note of this so I can visit if time permits.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      I’m gonna have more posts related to this beautiful Lakeland so perhaps you can plan your trip to be awesome!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

a man running to the sun on a rope bridge

Sign up for Newsletter

    Discover more from Travel Blog - Blog About Traveling | The Broad Life

    Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

    Continue reading