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The Lake District is a picturesque patchwork of spectacular scenery- from enchanting mountains, rolling valleys and woodlands, shimmering lakes and picturesque postcard villages. So, it’s no wonder that walking holidays in the Lake District are so popular.
Whether you’re looking to tick off trails of the legendary walker Alfred Wainwright, take on airy ridge hikes, or stroll with your children or dog alongside stunning scenery which has inspired poets, artists and literary legends, there’s something for everyone with walking breaks in the Lake District.
You plan to stride miles, but you’ll also need to relax to recover for your next adventure, that’s why our Visit England graded 3 to 5 star cottages, which include 175 pet friendly homes, are popular for Lake District walking breaks.
Thanks to 500 million years of geological processes, the Lake District has England’s highest mountains and deepest and longest lakes. So, there’s plenty of dramatic beauty to explore.
So, don’t just stay for the day, Lake District walking breaks will give you time to roam and take in all that this beautiful area has to offer.
You get total privacy to spend your stay however you want, and with a stay in one of our homes, you are welcomed with hampers, you’ll get special priority tickets to top attractions, plus, we can arrange private dining and even at-home spa treatments for a day off the fells.
Walking breaks in the Lake District can be romantic, family-orientated, relaxed or filled with adventure and we have a home that’ll match the type of stay you want.
From five-star gold award barn conversions and contemporary apartments to charming period cottages in bustling towns or at the foot of the fells you want to explore, you’ll find the right spot for your perfect break away with more than 460 homes in our collection.
Children love to explore and the Lake District is a great playground for free fresh air fun and they’ll have adventures to spark their imaginations too.
Great children’s authors, including Beatrix Potter, Author Ransome and John Cunliffe have been inspired by the Lake District.
Let kids’ imaginations get carried away with tales of making camps and sailing as the Walter and Blackett children did in Swallows and Amazons, or recounting tales of Peter Rabbit on a walk around Sawry, or Squirrel Nutkin as they amble around Derwent Water.
Older children may want to take in locations where the big-screen cameras have rolled on stars in films such as Snow White and the Huntsmen at Cathedral Rock in the Langdales or Derwent Water and Tarn Hows, where Miss Potter was filmed.
Lake District Walking holidays don’t have to just be for and about adults, there’s plenty of trails perfect for little legs, including Tarn Hows, near Coniston; Scout Scar, near Kendal; Friar’s Crag and Latrigg, near Keswick.
And, there’s pram and push-chair friendly routes too, such as Blea Tarn in Little Langdale and Loughrigg Tarn, near Ambleside.
Many of our cottages are children and baby-friendly and within easy reach of suitable walks.
And, some of our homes have gardens too, so while you’re having a break from strolling the countryside, your little ones still have space to roam and carry on their own little adventures.
Dogs love to walk – some even make light work of an ascent up Helvellyn! So, walking holidays in the Lake District are just as fun for our four-legged friends as they are for us.
And, you don’t have to leave your pooch at home, they can come and stay too because they are more than welcome in one of our 175 pet-friendly homes.
Their stay will be just as comfortable as yours. So, come and share the summits with your pet, they’ll love you for it.
There’s scores of beautiful walks to fill your Lake District walking holidays – from an easy few miles to full-day 10-mile plus walks testing strength and fitness.
Easier – but nonetheless scenic walks, include trails around Buttermere and Tarn Hows, near Coniston; Wansfell, near Ambleside and Orrest Head, Windermere, and not forgetting Borger Dalr, Borrowdale, described by famous Lake District pictorial guide author Alfred Wainwright as the “finest square mile in Lakeland”.
Waterfalls are a plenty and you can’t beat the easy walk to Aira Force, near Ullswater, for a stunning spot where water tumbles spectacularly in a pretty woodland setting.
But, if a challenge is what you are up for on your Lake District walking breaks, then you might want to head for the heights of Helvellyn – England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, or the Langdale Pikes – one of the Lake District’s most iconic walks.
Ticking off the walks from Alfred Wainwright’s seven-volume pictorial Lakeland Fells is another past time goal for many – have you scaled Skiddaw? Coniston Old Man? Helm Crag?
While you can predict the walks will be wonderful, you can’t predict the weather in the Lake District – unfortunately!
So, ensure you are prepared with suitable clothing and footwear – boots with a good sole and tread – and spare layers too.
A waterproof and windproof jacket is a must, together with a bag for your walk containing map, compass, food, water and in case of emergency a first aid kit, whistle and torch.
Know the length and daylight hours of your walk to keep you safe.
And what you can be prepared for, is that when you return after a long day walking on the fells and taking in the majestic scenery that the Lake District has to offer, that you’ll be staying in one of our beautiful cottages.
So you can be rest assured that it will be the perfect place to kick off your walking boots, have a soak and put up your feet – whether gazing out through a large window onto the fells or over a lake, or by a warm roaring fire….perhaps even in a hot tub…. followed by a stroll to the village pub!
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