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A Lakey Adventure
Lake District (Cumbria)
Member Name: GuruOnAMountain
Lake District (Cumbria)
Advantages: Very beautiful with plenty to do.
Disadvantages: Public transport seems scare and car parking charges are high.
I spent a few days in the Lake District recently with my dad staying at a lovely place called the Cuckoo Brow in in Far Sawrey (much recommended, even though there is no review category on here for it). My dad works as a coach driver so he knows most arts and parts in these places so we got to see a great deal of it while we were here.
For those who don't know, the Lake District can be found in Northern England in the district of Cumbria and, as one can imagine, is littered with lovely picturesque lakes, hills and small, picture book pretty towns. It is a popular location with hillwalkers with some of the hills being over 3000 feet (or so I was told although I tend to avoid hillwalking myself)! For the less adventurous, there are plenty of walks that aren't so strenuous and the tourist information offices have plenty of books and leaflets available telling of all the walks in the area (there was even information on walks that can be done easily with pushchairs that avoid styles etc.). While driving around we seen many people walking on the roads and as the roads are relatively quiet, this is possible with a bit of care, although there are a few blind corners on some of the windier roads so walkers need to be cautious.
England's largest National Park can be found here in the Lake District and it really is an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The most well known of the lakes is probably Lake Windermere and the town of Bowness on Windermere and the nearby town of Windermere are often full of tourists, particularly in the summer season. Bowness is a particularly good place to head if you fancy a trip on the Lake as there are loads of boat trips up for offer here and even rowing boats and small motor boats to be hired.
There are also quite a few unusual shops and so for the shopaholic, a wander round the town will be productive. In Windermere the flagship store of Lakeland can be found which sells homewares and baking goods and is worth a look for people who enjoy spending time in the kitchen.
Keswick is another lovely town to visit and is very picturesque. Again, there are a few unusual shops here and also quite a few museums in or nearby such as the Puzzling Place and the Pencil Museum. Kendal is also worth a visit and has a small museum and is the home of the famous Kendal Mint Cake, a favourite with hill-walkers due to its high energy content. We also visited the small town of Hawkshead which was small but again, very picturesque and visited the Lakes Aquarium on the banks of Windermere.
For the outdoorsy types, there are plenty of things to do such as walking, hill-walking, canoeing, sailing or cycling and for the those of us who prefer a less active holiday and who have already enjoyed all that the towns have to offer there are plenty of museums and tourist attractions such as the Lakes Aquarium, The Pencil Museum, the Rum Story and the Puzzling Place.
There didn't seem to be much in the way of public transport round here. We did see a few buses but they were rare and I don't know if this improves in the peak season. Relying on a car to get around is great in terms of seeing most of the area but parking charges are in place everywhere (even at night) so it becomes very expensive over the course of a few days.
All in all, I'd recommend a visit. It is a beautiful place and there is plenty for everyone to do.
Summary: England's biggest National Park.
- Irchester Country Park
- Hainault Forest Park
- Ben Nevis (Fort William, Scotland)
- Farthing Downs (Greater London)
- Becketts Park (Northampton)
- Rickmansworth Aquadrome (Herts)
- Abbey Gardens (Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk)
- Bestwood Country Park (Nottingham)
- Chester-le-Street Riverside Park
- Etherow Country Park (Stockport)