Friday, 25 March 2011

5 Things to Do in the Lake District

The Lakes within Cumbria is among the most picture postcard destinations in Britain , with it's diverse countryside and outstanding coastline it attracts 1000s of travellers and holiday makers every single year to marvel and relish the fabulous landscape.

Amongst its hills, wetlands, gorgeous countryside and the many small villages and towns to check out and see, you can guarantee that you will have an active and fun packed holiday.  Self-catering cottage holidays in the Lake District offer a distinct style of accommodation with fantastic locations and unquie style, suited for all family members, groups and also couples to enjoy the comfort and charm they have to offer.

An ideal location to explore sights, enjoyable days out, walking, hiking or riding, you can be certain the a cottage rental will be the excellent retreat after a fun time plus action stuffed days out.

Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk
Ennerdale Bridge is the final part (or first part depending on where you start) of Alfred's Wainwright's famous Coast to Coast Walk from Robin Hood's Bay on the east coast to St. Bee's on the west coast, which in Wainwright's own words takes in 'the grandest territory in the north of England'  Alfred Wainwright's Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, first published in 1952 contauned detailed information on 214 peaks across the region with carefully hand-drawn maps and stories of the area, drew many to the area and are still they are used  by many visitors today as a guide to walking excursions. 

West Cumbria Cycle Path
This10-mile path that runs from Whitehaven to Rowrah, and continues along minor roads towards Ennerdale Bridge, provides a great way to see some of wonderful unspoilt countryside that the Lake District has to offer.

Ennerdale Valley Forest
One of the largest forests in the whole of Cumbria, Ennerdale Valley Forest contains around 20 miles of forest road, beautiful and picturesque footpaths and cycle path routes. It is also an excellent place for horse riding.

Rock climbing - Pillar Mountain
Pillar mountain is one of classics of Lakeland climbing and is great place to visit if your into climbing. The rugged north face of Pillar Mountain offers superb rock climbs for all levels of ability with the western part of the area between Buttermere and Wasdale , with Sty Head forming the apex of a large triangle. Ennerdale bisects the area, which consists of the High Stile ridge north of Ennerdale, the Loweswater Fells in the far north west, the Pillar group in the south west, and Great Gable (2,949 feet / 899 metres) near Sty Head. Other tops include Seatallan , Haystacks and Kirk Fell . This area is craggy and steep, with the impressive pinnacle of Pillar Rock its showpiece. Wastwater , located in this part, is England's deepest lake. Rising up around the Western Valley of Wasdale is Scafell Pike , England's highest mountain.

The Eskdale Mill
In the hamlet of Boot, the Eskdale mill takes its water from the beautiful Whillan Beck, which runs down from Burnmoor Tarn, high on the fell below the imposing Scafell. The current mill dates from the 1700s this wonderful piece of working history, today it is open to the public, with tours of the milling process and the 2 waterwheels that still work. The mill is usually open 11.30 to 5.30 from April to September.and is great to combine with a trip on the Larl Ratty, which if take the train to the final station at Dalegarth, is a short 10 minute walk to Boot.