The Lake District Weekend Breaks

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Weekend Breaks to The Lake District

Planning a short break to The Lake District? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in The Lake District. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to The Lake District. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Windermere

This and Bowness are the tourist centres of the Lake District. The well-stocked tourist centre is next to the railway station, where you can buy guides to the lakeside trails.

The whole area attracts hosts of visitors who enjoy walking in the natural splendor of the surrounding countryside. The scenic lake is flanked by green hills and mountains and a cruise here is a good introduction to the area.

For more information visit - www.lake-district.gov.uk

The World Of Beatrix Potter

Located in the Bowness Laundry Theatre (All good clean fun), The original Potter of the literary world wrote her children’s tales in this area. Fans of Jemima Puddleduck and friends will love this monument to the author. Scenes from many of her books are bought to life in the centre. The kids will love it and it should jog a few older memories.

Visit www.lake-district.gov.uk

Ambleside

Just a couple of km north of Windermere is this attractive village. A popular base for hiking the hills and lakes. Plenty of B&Bs and a couple of youth hostels are used by hikers. The village houses a small museum in Rydal Road, which portrays literary figures of the lakes. There is a market on King Street on Wednesdays.

Visit www.ambleside.co.uk

Coniston

The town is located at the north of the waters made famous by Sir Donald Campbell’s water speed records in the 60s, and the former home of the writer John Ruskin. A museum is dedicated to the great man on Yewdale Road and he was buried in St. Andrews Churchyard. His home ‘Brantwood’ can also be visited to see it’s wonderful lake views and his collections. The perfect place to hike or cycle the fells to the north.

Visit: www.coniston-net.com

Grasmere

This picture postcard village was the home of the ironically named poet William Wordsworth. Can get very touristy in the summer as guides take the visitors on a Wordsworth ramble to the museum in his honor, Dove Cottage where his family lived for a few years and ‘finally’ his grave. Row a boat on the lake or take the Wordsworth walk round two lakes.

For info go to: www.grasmere.com

Keswick

This charming town set on a captivating lake is understandingly one of the main centres of The Lake District. Located in the northern area of the district, Keswick is home to one of the most beautiful lakes of Derwent Water where one can take an organized cruise or hire a boat. For rainy days there is a good museum/Art gallery in Fitz Park on Station Road and for the desperate days pop in to the Cumberland Pencil Museum to sharpen your pencil knowledge.

Go to www.keswick.org

Borrowdale

Enter this forested valley south of Derwent Water and be enchanted by the beauty surrounding you. Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak towers over the valley and is only to be attempted by the serious hiker. Though a good base in which to take in the many less strenuous hikes.

Please go to www.borrowdale.com

Ullswater

Situated in the northeast of Lakeland is a delight to visit as there are surprising lake vistas around every rocky outcrop and grassy bank. The main places to stay are Patterdale and Glenridding and serve as base camps for the over 300-foot climb to the summit of Helvellyn. A less strenuous outing would be to Aira Force a lovely waterfall just off the A5091.

For information please go www.ullswater.co.uk

Miller Howe Hotel & Restaurant

Rayrigg Road in Windermere, Founded in 1971 by the well known chef John Tovey, this outstanding restaurant serves English and International cuisine in style. The unique wall paintings and of course the exquisite lake view make for a cullenary experience.

For extra details go to www.millerhowe.com

Bridge House Hotel

This family owned hotel is located in the heart of the Lakes at Grasmere. The hotel is situated in 2 acres of wooded land in the centre of the village.

The casual atmosphere makes it a perfect place for a family break.Comfortable rooms, a fine restaurant, well stocked bar and 2 lounges with log fires compliment this lovely hotel;

Details are at www.bridgehousegrasmere.co.uk

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Hawkshead - Tourist Attraction

Remaining largely untouched for the past 300 years Hawkshead has all the charm and character of the perfect village. With its whitewashed houses, cobbled alleyways, courtyards and squares, Hawkshead is often referred to as one of the most picturesque villages in the Lake District. see www.hawkshead-village.co.uk

Gorge Scrambling - Tourist Attraction

Probably the best fun you could have in the Lake District. The trip involves scrambling up a Lakeland stream, climbing waterfalls, wading through pools and sliding, jumping or abseiling back down. We booked through http://www.destinationcumbria.co.uk

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