The Telegraph has named the Lake District as Britain’s greatest national park. Up against national beauty spots like Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons, we took the number one spot. But what is it about the lakes that keeps tourists flooding to the streets of Keswick, Grasmere, Ambleside, and other local towns & villages?
Who could write a piece on the Lake District without mentioning the incredible views?
Whether you’re gazing over Skiddaw from the comfort of your hotel room or getting lost in the ripples of Derwentwater from the Princess Margaret Rose boat, these are the views that inspired great writers such as Wordsworth and Coleridge, and the views that keep visitors coming time and time again to relax, unwind, or climb our incredible collection of fells.
And if you feel like scaling Scafell on your next stay, we’ve got you covered with our top five apps for hiking in the Lakes.
The Lake District is home to some of the best restaurants in the UK, with ‘proper British dishes’ like fish and chips in the Old Keswickian in Keswick’s town centre, and incredible international cuisine at Mizu Pan-Asian restaurant in the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa, which was named Best Restaurant in England at the 2022 Golden Chopsticks Awards, and boasts over 100 dishes. With a menu ranging from sushi platters to fillet steaks, ramen dishes to gyoza and dumplings, we’re proud to bring a taste of Asia to the Lakes.
Inn on the Square’s Brossen steakhouse, located on Keswick’s Main Street, offers a premium range of steaks to suit all palates. 7oz to 100z, all steaks are 28-day dry salt aged and highly commended by customers past and present!
‘The steak was cooked to perfection!’ – Brian, Google Reviews
Captivating Local History
Did you know that the Lake District has been home to MI5 spies, the creator of the first periodic table, and the face of the £50 note, among other writers and creatives? Did you know that Mary Queen of Scots once sought shelter in Workington’s Curwen Hall?
The Lake District has been home to some of the UK’s most influential figures, and we’re proud of it!
You can immerse yourself in our spellbinding local history at our range of museums and interactive experiences, including Dove Cottage on the edge of Grasmere, and Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum.
The Lakes isn’t all hills and valleys. Even if sky-shattering summits aren’t your style, there are still so many opportunities for thrill-seekers to make the most of their time here.
Glide along zip-wires at Go Ape in Whinlatter Forest or hire a motorboat on Derwentwater.
Still not convinced?
How about letting the rapid waters of Lakes woods carry you along with Lakeland Ascents’ ghyll scrambling? Or facing ‘heart-racing freefalls and knee-trembling sky bridges’ with Honister Slate Mine? Located just fifteen minutes’ drive away from the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa and Borrowdale Hotel, the Adrenaline Pass is ‘the perfect way to make lifelong memories as you tackle the longest highwire bridge in Europe’.
... and Chills
It’s impossible to experience everything the Lake District has to offer, but if you somehow manage, we guarantee you’ll want nothing more than to chill – maybe with a nice glass of champagne, or a massage…
Of all the incredible spas in the Lakes, there is none quite like The Falls Spa. We offer sixteen different spa treatments, including anti-aging treatments and hot stone massages, not to mention the infinity pool…
Imagine rounding off a busy day in the Lake District with a dip in the infinity pool, relaxing as you take in the awe-inspiring landscapes and watch the sun set over Derwentwater.
Our spa treatments and spa days sell out fast – you can check availability here to avoid disappointment.
With all this to offer and more, is it really any surprise that we were named the best national park in England?
How will you make the most of your Lake District experience?
If you’re looking for Lake District accommodation for your next visit, the Kings Arms Hotel is offering advance purchase prices from £111 per room, conveniently located in Keswick town centre; whilst the Borrowdale Hotel and Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa offer flexible stays from £146 per room and £232 per room respectively, each with stunning views of the Lake District. Book a room at any of our 6 Lake District Hotels and you will also receive a freshly prepared Cumbrian breakfast included in the price.