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Top 5 Attractions in the Lake District

Everyone has their own idea of how they’d like to spend their time in the Lake District. Some want an action-packed trip, with hiking, watersports and other adrenaline-pumping activities. Others would prefer to wander the region’s quaint villages, taking in the charming area before retiring their spa hotel to learn the meaning of true relaxation.

Whichever way you choose to spend your Lake District holiday, there are a number of top attractions that everyone will love, whether you’re a thrill-seeker, or in need of a little rest and relaxation. Check out these top ten attractions in the area.

Lake Windermere

What list of Lake District attractions would be complete with the breath-taking Lake Windermere? This ten-mile stretch has the prestigious honour of being the largest lake in England, and it’s been a huge draw for visitors since the 19th century. The town of Bowness-on-Windermere has plenty of amenities for you to enjoy, and you can book a boat trip onto the lake at one of many providers around the perimeter.

Dove Cottage

The former home of William Wordsworth is packed with the poet’s old possessions, including his passport, his own reading glasses and even a pair of his ice skates! He wrote many of his pieces here, and visitors can enjoy a tour of his whitewashed cottage between March and October. Adult tickets cost £7.75, with a child’s ticket available for £4.50. There are two other properties in the Lake District associated with Wordsworth: Rydal Mount and his boyhood home in Cockermouth, which has also been transformed into an interesting museum.

The World of Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter, famous children’s author, lived much of her life in the Lake District – it’s said her favourite place was Derwent Water, and she drew much inspiration from the natural world around her. This fantastic family attraction allows visitors to explore Jemima Puddleduck’s glade, Peter Rabbit’s Garden and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’s kitchen, as well as enjoying a tasty snack in the tea room. Don’t forget to buy a souvenir from the well-stocked gift shop!

Tarn Hows

The wooded tarn here is one of the most popular beauty spots in the Lake District. Situated just 2 miles northeast of Coniston, the area has plenty of paths and walking routes, making it ideal for those who want to get out and about and enjoy the natural beauty of the region. The area is also operated by the National Trust, which means it’s not short of amenities – great for families and guests with young children.

Coniston Water

If Lake Windermere is renowned for its size, Coniston Water is famous for something else entirely: speed! This lake was the location of a string of world water-speed records, with attempts taking place regularly between the 1930s and 1960s. You won’t be able to power across the lake at top speed today, but you can take a trip on a solar-powered ship, or a 19th century steamer.

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