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10 reasons to visit Lake District in England

ENGLAND: The Lake District in Cumbria, north-west England, has just become Britain’s first national park to be awarded this momentous status by the World Heritage Committee, bringing the tally of Unesco World Heritage sites in the UK and its overseas territories to 31.
If that’s not reason enough to visit this stunning area of Britain this summer, here are ten more. Click for large pictures.

  1. Award-winning food scene
    From gastropubs to Michelin stars, the Lake District’s ever-growing gastronomic menu sees local chefs making the most of the region’s abundant natural produce.  Many of its restaurants have won awards, including coveted Michelin stars. The Forest Side is a gastronomic boutique hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant in Grasmere headed up by Kevin Tickle – former sous chef and head forager for nearby two Michelin-starred restaurant L’Enclume, which frequently tops lists of Britain’s best restaurants.
  2. The view from Catbells
    Picking out just one Lake District view is a tricky task, in an area blessed with landscapes so striking they’ve inspired writers and poets throughout history. One of the loveliest vistas to be found is looking east from the top of Catbells hill across the lake of Derwentwater to the mountain of Skiddaw. The Catbells Lakeland Walk is a short, sharp, steep 451-metre climb, but well worth the effort.
  3. New lakeside hotel and spa
    This August, the team behind the acclaimed Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall are opening Another Place, The Lake on the shores of Britain’s second largest lake, Ullswater. This stylish new hotel and spa has been designed around the lakeside environment, with a homely feel.
  4. Monkeying around in the treetops
    Treetop Trek is a network of more than 30 treetop challenges in an ancient woodland canopy for adventurers to swing, climb and fly through. Complete the adventure by racing down the park’s triple zip: three parallel 250m (820ft) zip wires taking in spectacular views of Lake Windermere.
  5. The ‘best gingerbread in the world’
    Test this well-substantiated claim for yourself at Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread  shop in the village of Grasmere. This legendary gingerbread’s special recipe has been a closely-guarded family secret since Victorian cook Sarah Nelson concocted it in 1854. A trip to the Lake District wouldn’t be complete without visiting the original tiny green shop and bakery to sample this spicy-sweet cross between a biscuit and cake.
  6. Crossing Europe’s longest Burma rope bridge
    Walking aside, the Lake District is renowned as an outdoor adventure playground, including the   (Italian for ‘iron way’) in Honister. Inspired by the popular mountain climbing route of similar construction that traverses the Dolomites in northern Italy, this adrenaline-boosting course involves vertical climbs, cliff-edge ladders, and Europe’s longest Burma Rope bridge suspended 2,000ft/610m over the valley.
  7. Wandering lonely as a cloud
    The Lake District has long been a place to stop, pause, and reflect on nature’s beauty – just like world-renowned poet William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere. Here he wrote much of his best-loved poetry. Now a museum, the cottage is full of Wordsworth’s personal belongings and looks remarkably unchanged since he and his family lived here.
  8. Drive an eco-friendly Twizy
    Get behind the wheel of an electric Renault ‘Twizy  branded with its own distinctive sheep personality and name. These groovy two-seater vehicles are available to hire around Keswick and Ullswater.
  9. Afternoon tea aboard a gondola
    Push the boat out with a sailing trip on the steam-powered Steam Yacht Gondola. With its opulent saloons and open-air decks, this impressive example of Victorian engineering glides across Coniston Water, with several cruises every day from the start of April to the end of October. You can even enjoy afternoon tea during your journey.
  10. Test your nerves 
    If it’s extreme outdoor adventure you’re after, Adventure-makers will make it happen – and summer is a great time to do it. Conquer new heights with the Cathedral Quarry’s impressive 100ft abseil; you’ll get to practice on a smaller abseil first. Getting to the rock face is an adventure in itself, passing through tunnels into the huge, dramatic Cathedral Cave

Getting to the Lake District: The nearest airport is Manchester Airport and there is a direct train from Manchester to Windermere. Travelling from London, the nearest train station is Oxenholme, reached from the capital in two hours and 40 minutes.

About the Author:

Gudmund Lindbaek
I travel, enjoy local food and meeting people. But I don´t require gorilla-stalking in Africa, sleeping under the stars in Brazil or going wild camping in the Arctic part Norway. I just want a tiny slice of adventure to be alive. And then excited to return home.

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