Holidays and short breaks in the Lake District give opportunities to refresh and unwind amid some of the wildest and most beautiful landscapes in the British Isles. There is a range of good quality and affordable hotels in the Lake District and it’s ideal to return to a comfortable hotel base each evening following an action-packed day exploring some of the varied attractions in the locality.
If you’re holidaying in the Lake District this year, it’s a good idea to plan your trips in advance. The following selection of day trips provide a good start and will help ensure you get the most out of your stay.
If you enjoy trying out different spirits, this could well be the trip for you. The craft distillery makes a range of spirits, using the clear, and highland’s filtered waters, from the nearby river. These include a blended whisky, gin and vodka. You can spend time in the Distillery bistro or bar, and also take a guided tour of the distillery. The Lakes Distillery is on the site of a former Victorian model farm and is located close to Bassenthwaite Lake, near Keswick.
Walk Hadrian’s Wall
If the history of the Roman Empire has always had you enthralled, take the opportunity to walk part of Hadrian’s Wall while visiting the Lake District. The wall stretches across from Northumberland to Bowness-on-Solway. Some of the interesting structures that are well worth exploration include Birdoswald Fort, Pike Hill Signal Tower and Willowford Bridge.
Visit Lowther Castle
Lowther Castle was the family seat of the Earl of Lonsdale and it’s easily possible to spend most of the day exploring the 130 acres of grounds and the rooms at this outstanding visitor attraction. The Castle had fallen into disrepair and was first opened to the public in 2011. Work is ongoing to create a unique visitor centre and cafe.
If you plan a circular driving route for your trip to Lowther Castle, you can take in the towering beauty of brooding Helvellyn from Patterdale, and perhaps also enjoy a steamboat trip on Ullswater from the Glenridding Pier.
Spend a day hiking around Loweswater or Newlands Valley
Loweswater is a hidden gem of the Lakes, as the majority of tourists seem to neglect this north-western area. There are a variety of walks in the hills around Loweswater, or you can spend a peaceful time walking the circuit of the lake. Some parts of the Loweswater Lake circuit do require road walking, but most of this scenic walk is on marked footpaths. Watch out for the local wildlife, as you’re sure to spot plenty of red squirrels at the very least. You can hire rowing boats at both ends of Loweswater, so taking a day trip over to this tranquil lake will be an enjoyable outing for the whole family.
The Newlands Round hike is a fairly easy ten-mile walk which takes in all the peaks around the Newlands Valley. Again, this is off the main tourist track so you will enjoy a peaceful day communing with nature and admiring the views across fells and peaks. There are a variety of good walks of differing lengths in this locality with routes starting from the village of Little Town or Keswick.
There are heaps of attractions for families, singles and couples to visit in the Lakes and a variety of exciting and interesting day trips you can organise to make the most of your stay. The Lake District Information Centre can provide you with further suggested activities for your holiday.
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