Known for its thick woodland, rolling countryside and breath taking mountain views, it’s easy to see why the Lake District is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations. Offering a natural playground for hiking, biking and swimming, there’s certainly no shortage of activities and spectacular sights when visiting this stunning national park.

Here are some of the top beauty spots the area has to offer:

 

Derwentwater

 

Only a 10 minute walk from the popular market town of Keswick, Derwentwater is the perfect place for a relaxing lakeside stroll. Whether you decide to tackle the eight mile trek that curls the tree-lined water’s edge or travel in style in an old-fashioned steamer, you can rest assured that you will be treated to stunning scenery from every angle.

Photography-enthusiasts will relish the viewpoint of Friars Crag, which offers the ultimate picturesque vista across the entire lake and down towards Borrowdale. For the more adventurous rambler, the lakeside tracks offer plenty of opportunities to venture off up the fells for a high-up vantage point. Set against a backdrop of serene mountain scenery, the lake is celebrated for its year round beauty, from the calm views of summertime right through to the wind-swept waves and rugged landscape during winter.

 

Windermere

 

As the largest lake in England, Windermere remains one of the most popular visitor spots in this picturesque county. Walk the lush wooded trails, explore the grounds of Wray Castle or take a relaxing boat ride around the lake to take a closer look at the stunning wooded islands. Surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery and quiet lakeside bays, the landscape of Windermere seems to perfectly encapsulate the natural beauty of the Lake District.

With so much to see and do, there really is something to suit all ages and tastes in this scenic area. If you’re looking for peace and quiet away from the mainstream crowds, the west side offers plenty of tranquil beachside spots to take a seat and watch the world go by.

 

Tarn Hows

 

Located between the sleepy villages of Coniston and Hawkshead, Tarn Hows remains a popular spot with both locals and visitors alike. Despite the fact that the lake integrates seamlessly into its natural surroundings, the wooded tarn is actually a man-made feature, created in the late 19th century when three pools were combined into one to improve the aesthetics of the view.

The easily accessible lakeshore paths are ideal for a peaceful meander, boasting spectacular mountain views in the heart of the countryside. If you’re a nature enthusiast, or simply love exploring the great outdoors, this stunning area is not to be missed! During the summertime, the area boasts an abundance of lush green fields filled with grazing wildlife, offering an idyllic spot for a relaxing family picnic.

 

Hill Top

 

Nestled amongst the quiet solitude of the rolling hills, this 17th century farmhouse is where Beatrix Potter wrote her most famous children’s stories. Since it was handed over to the Natural Trust in 1943, the farmhouse has been perfectly preserved and still contains many of her favourite possessions.

Upon entering the historic house, you’ll feel as though you have stepped back in time and entered into the literary world of the most well-loved characters from her tales. Even if you’re not familiar with her books, you’ll undoubtedly be able to appreciate the charming surroundings and traditional English country garden that inspired her stories and illustrations. A must-see for families with young children.

 

To fully appreciate the natural beauty of the Lake District, why not indulge in a relaxing cottage stay. Reputable cottage rental firms such as LakeLovers offer a variety of traditional and luxury accommodation to suit all tastes.