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Staycations within the UK are becoming a more and more attractive option for Brits, from families looking for adventure through to romantic getaways through to pre-wedding celebrations. Whether you’re coming from afar or staying on home turf, the Lake District is the perfect destination to welcome you back into nature and to reset, refresh, and inspire you.

Getting to the Lake District

The Lake District is a popular destination in the UK, and for good reason. With so many people choosing the lakes for their mini-break or holidays, we’ve picked out the easiest routes using CrossCountry trains and stations.

  • Get directly to Carlisle by changing from a CrossCountry Train at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
  • Arrive at Crewe on services from BirminghamCoventryManchester, and more, and switch onto a direct service to Penrith
  • If you get a Cross Country service to Edinburgh, you can then get a direct train to both Carlisle and Penrith

About the Lake District

The Lake District is always appearing on lists of places you have to visit, and with views like these, it's really no wonder. Inspiration for the poetry of William Wordsworth, the Lake District has long held a reputation as one of the UK’s most sublime landscapes, and it also serves as an ideal hiking and adventuring destination.

Home to England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and England’s largest lake, Windermere, the Lake District is the largest of the UK’s national parks at a whopping 912 square miles and encompasses three counties. With countless hiking routes, beauty spots, wildlife varieties, and places to stay, there is plenty to explore, whether you’re an expert hiker, a landscape painter, an aspiring poet, a fan of a relaxing spa trip, or a family of campers.

Things to Do in the Lake District

Many tourists who visit the Lake District are looking for the adventure of a lifetime, and there are plenty of outdoor activities on offer throughout the national park. Join popular guided walks, including Miles Without Stiles walks for those with extra accessibility needs, for a show-stopping view of the finest rural scenes England has to offer. Alternatively, why not cycle along the range of cycle routes, including family friendly trails, hop aboard lake cruises, or even go for a dip in one of the many lakes?

The Lake District boasts some of the darkest skies in the UK, making it a perfect location for stargazing. Take in the starry night - just be careful to travel safely in the dark. Whenever you’re enjoying the unique environments in the Lake District, make sure to be mindful of the world and wildlife around you. Respect other people you encounter, protect the natural environment, and enjoy refreshing your love of nature.

If outdoorsy adventure time isn’t your idea of a perfect holiday, why not visit a luxury spa, historical houses and castles, or indulge your arty side with a spot of painting or writing? The Lakes are famous for their creative inspiration - get involved!

 

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