Have you ever visited the Lake District?
I made a pilgrimage up there last year and it was one of the most naturally beautiful places I’ve ever been. Stunning vistas around every corner, incredible lakes as far as the eye can see and gorgeous towns and villages to discover.
Visiting in winter meant there was just a little bit of walking, followed by a lot of scone eating and luxuriating in front of fireplaces when the rain came, and I can’t wait to return for more beauty and sunshine later on this year.
Next on my list to visit is Ullswater – it’s featured in this week’s Grazia, so you know it’s good. This beautiful lake, like the rest of the area, is surrounded by stunning scenery: mountains to the south and hills to the north. It’s the second largest lake in England at seven and a half miles long, but is less than a mile across.
Sitting near the charming historic market town of Penrith it’s easy to get to from all over the UK. And like the rest of the Lake District, the area is full of natural beauty for lakeshore strolls or hilly hikes – there’s something for every age and taste. You can find more information about walking & hiking routes here and here. You can also hire bikes across the Lake District. There are country lanes, permitted cycleways and bridleways with some fantastic views!
One of the wonderful things about the Lake District is that you can leave the car at home and travel by train. Often a car is a necessity in the day-to-day commute or school run – I know it is in ours! – so it’s a real pleasure to sit back, relax and let someone else take the hard work out of the journey for you. Those travelling from the southern counties (as I did) can jump on a train and arrive in less than three hours, and Ravenglass and Eskdale steam railway each provide a unique experience to view the mountainous landscape and wildlife of the Lake District National Park.
The Lake District website has more information about Ullswater including recommendations on places to go including the incredible Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre. You can also find out more about local buses & public transport here. Ullswater ‘Steamers’ offer an exclusive combined train/bus/boat ticket which not only saves money compared to buying separate fares, it also allows visitors to reduce their carbon footprint!
Have I whet your Lake District appetite? Then you’re in luck! I have a 2 night mid-week Wigwam break to give away at Waterfoot Park, Ullswater which includes ‘Sail all Day Cruise Tickets on Ullswater ‘Steamers’ & a half day hire of the Renault Twizy on site at Waterfoot Park. It’s easy to enter – just use the handy Rafflecopter below before the closing date of 4th April. Good luck!