It had been many years since I have had the opportunity to return to the ‘lakes’, the tranquil of the water, the beauty of the landscape. The Lake District National Park includes nearly all of the Lake District, though the town of Kendal and the Lakeland Peninsulas are currently outside the park boundary.
Containing some of Britain’s finest scenery, greenest countryside and grandest views. Covering a total area of just over 885 square miles, the Lake District National Park has been protected since 1951, and its picturesque patchwork of lakes, valleys, woodlands and fells make it one of the best places in Britain to get out and experience the great outdoors, whether it’s on a leisurely bike ride down country lanes or a day-long hike across the hills.
And while the weather is notoriously unpredictable (locals will tell you that it’s not unusual to experience all four seasons in a single day), showers and racing clouds only emphasise the grandeur of the magnificent scenery I have four days to capture the beauty of the ‘lakes’ the downside is that this time off year it can often be wet, and it was wet! In-between the showers I did manage to tour the area extensively
The main towns of Windermere and Ambleside make the most useful bases, with easy access to the main sights of the central Lakes – including the lakes of Windermere and Coniston Water, the scenic valley of Great Langdale, Wordworth’s former homes near Grasmere and Beatrix Potter’s cottage at Hill Top. To the north lies Keswick, a good base for exploring the northern Lakes and the beautiful valleys of Borrowdale, Buttermere and Newlands. To the west lies Wasdale, home to some of the Lake District’s most famous fells – including the highest of all, Scafell Pike. For the eastern Lakes, Kendal is handily placed for exploring the area around Ullswater and the pretty Eden Valley.