POSTED ON May 18th, 2016
The picturesque hilltops, glistening lakes and the vibrant colours make the English Lake District one of the UK’s top holiday destinations. There is something magical in this place that stirs the imagination of every visitor, inspires literary geniuses and gives every traveler a trip worth remembering.
You really should try to see the Lakes at their most lush and green, and summer is definitely the best time to visit. Sunny weather allows you to enjoy the many activities The Lakes has to offer. As the Lake District is rather large, we’ve just concentrated on things to do around the central area.
Ambleside is the walkers’ heaven. Go for guided walks as there are tours for every age and ability. Or if you want to explore on your own, go ahead and enjoy scenic strolls through the Rydal and Grasmere valleys. Climb up to see the picturesque view from Wansfell and Loughrigg. Let your feet take you to the Stock Ghyll Force, the famous 70 foot waterfall. Look over the Langdale Valley, enjoy the village, relax in a pub, forget all your worries and just have a great time.
From the terminal at Waterhead Pier, take a scenic lake cruise in England’s largest lake, Windermere. Enjoy the tranquil boat ride and bask in the magnificent views of mountain scenery. Listen to the sound of the waves, leave the hustle and bustle of modern life behind, and enjoy every moment with friends or family.
Predominantly a Victorian town, Ambleside is rich in culture and history. Visit the Armitt Museum and learn about the town’s iconic characters, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin. Walk around and you can see the foundations of the Roman Fort. Visit historical houses, know the fascinating stories that come along with it, and marvel at its stunning interiors. Feed your mind and fall in love with the stories that make this place so wonderful.
Take part or be a spectator in the Ambleside Sports, which takes place on the last Thursday of July. Enjoy the annual showcase of traditional Lakeland sports such as Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, Fell running and races, hound trails, and much more. It’s definitely an exciting day out and this event is never to be missed when in Ambleside.
There is always a lot going on in the Lake District and to truly enjoy the place, why not visit some of the many local country shows and festivals?
June 2 – 8: Appleby Horse Fair
June 10 – 12: Great North Swim in Windermere
July 8 – 10: Flight by Geraldine Pilgrim in Brockhole, near Windermere
August 13 – 14: Lowther Show in Penrith
August 23: Hawkshead Show
August 28: Grasmere Sports
A visit to the Lake District, wherever it may be, will always leave you wanting more and planning your next return trip.