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The Lake District, Cumbria

One of the country's most famous regions, known worldwide for its beauty, personality and majesty, the Lake District sits peacefully in Cumbria, one of the largest counties in the country. Book a Best Western Lake District hotel to admire the striking peaks reflected in the glistening waters as far as the eyes can see. To get back and become one with nature, there really is no better place to go on a short break in the UK.

Things to do in the Lake District

The Lake District is mostly full of outdoor activities. With England's deepest lake and five tallest mountains, as well as three areas of outstanding natural beauty and two national parks, the environment here is unique in England. Feast in the spectacular view up Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. Nestled among the hills and mountains, both steep and gentle, are numerous traditional English villages. They all have an antiquated and serene feel, whisking you back centuries as soon as you step within. Kendal, a hugely important centre for textile production, manufacture and trade, oozes history and atmosphere, as does Ulverston as you walk down its cobbled streets between the magpie houses and creaking thatched roofs. In similar vein, why not book a Lake District hotel near the market town of Penrith, an open and spacious town full of charm and sophistication. For those who want something more exciting than sight-seeing and rambling try wakeboarding at Port Haverigg or perhaps glide on the lake on an Ullswater steamer.

Lake District visitor tips

Although the area is wrenchingly beautiful all year round, perhaps it is at its most glorious during autumn time when the explosions of colour from the sleeping trees are reflected and dappled, over and over, in the glistening cold waters at the troughs of every valley. Book your Lake District hotel carefully - location is key. The region's varied terrain means there is a host of different activities to be a part of, whether hiking, cycling, canoeing or horse riding, so research carefully and book anything popular well in advance. If on a long hike or walk, make sure that you pack wellies and waterproofs as the weather here can change at any moment. When the heavens are against you, however, do not despair; there are plenty of indoor attractions. Check out the house of perhaps the most famous of all the Lake Poets, William Wordsworth, known as Dove Cottage in Grasmere. In similar vein, why not visit the World of Beatrix Potter at Bowness-on-Windermere and learn where the author of your favourite childhood narratives.

Although the area is wrenchingly beautiful all year round, perhaps it is at its most glorious during autumn time when the explosions of colour from the sleeping trees are reflected and dappled, over and over, in the glistening cold waters at the troughs of every valley. Book your Lake District hotel carefully - location is key. The region's varied terrain means there is a host of different activities to be a part of, whether hiking, cycling, canoeing or horse riding, so research carefully and book anything popular well in advance. If on a long hike or walk, make sure that you pack wellies and waterproofs as the weather here can change at any moment. When the heavens are against you, however, do not despair; there are plenty of indoor attractions. Check out the house of perhaps the most famous of all the Lake Poets, William Wordsworth, known as Dove Cottage in Grasmere. In similar vein, why not visit the World of Beatrix Potter at Bowness-on-Windermere and learn where the author of your favourite childhood narratives.

Eat

If your Lake District Hotel is near Ambleside, make a date with the local extraordinaire, Lucy. Her cosy and friendly establishments: Lucy's on a Plate and Lucy's Specialist Gorcers serve locally sourced dishes with character and a personal touch - you really can't go far wrong! The endless green landcape of the Lakes and beyond have given the area copious and constant supplies of beautiful and locally grown food. The Lakes take huge pride in their culinary tradition and are full of masterpieces and luxuries, from simple homemade loaves to giddy gastronomic constructions in Michelin-studded restaurants (impressively, there are three three-starred eateries, including Holbeck Ghyll, L'enclume, and Sharrow Bay). Get out of your Best Western hotel in the Lake District and have a wander around some of the charming local pubs. Traditional English watering holes set the tone here and are always full of warmth, laughter and good cheer - the perfect close to a day of scrambling over the surrounding hardy terrain. For a short UK break of sights, wonders and excitement, you cannot go far wrong with booking a Lake District hotel. It really is the most charming destination and one you will never forget!

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