Post in collaboration with Original Cottages
It’s a well-known fact that one of the most beautiful places in the UK is the Lake District. It’s also a well-known fact that this is the place to go if you’re looking for a domestic active break. Yet despite my yearning to visit, I have never actually been.
Actually, I lie. I’ve changed National Express coach there when on an epic journey to Belfast from London. I’ve also visited Tebay Motorway Services. This is actually much more pleasant than it sounds as it is independently run and is like a giant farm shop. I enjoyed a splendid game pie when we called in on the way home to London from Edinburgh a few years back.
But enough talking about my very long road trips and more talk about the Lake District and why I want to visit. Luckily for me, I’m in talks with a friend about going for a few days next year, so hopefully I will get to check a few things off my list.
Home to England’s highest mountain, it seems wrong to visit the Lake District and not walk to the top. I am hoping to complete the Three Peaks Challenge (Snowdon, Scafell Pike, and Ben Nevis) at some point, so walking Scafell Pike is the perfect training, while enjoying magnificent views. With over 100,000 people a year climbing Scafell Pike, it’s a popular challenge, with many of those walkers doing it as part of the Three Peaks. Plus all that walking works up the appetite for a fantastic recovery over pub grub and a pint.
We all knew that parkrun had to make the list, didn’t we? I love an excuse for parkrun tourism and Keswick parkrun is a one lap out and back course, with views of the river. Described as “quite flat for Keswick” it sounds like a stunning opportunity to enjoy a trail run, without too many climbs!
This may surprise some of you, but I really love rock climbing. I’m not particularly good at it and I don’t get to go very often, but it’s a lot of fun. There’s definitely no shortage of rocks to climb in the Lake District and there are many instructors on hand to take out beginners. This is something that is definitely on my to-do list for when I visit, even if I do come away bruised and battered. Rock climbing is also a fantastic leg workout – you’ll discover strength that you never knew you had!
Even just driving on the motorway and looking out of the car window, you get an idea of how beautiful the area is. Since moving out of London, I am living in a more rural area, but I’m still in the city once a week or so and the busy A1 is nearby. The idea of getting away from the busy roads and perhaps even escaping technology for a few days and just enjoying the scenery, activity and good food is extremely appealing.
You can’t visit the Lake District and not enjoy the view from the water! Kayaking is relaxing and a great workout for the upper body. Kayaks are available for hire, or you can tour the likes of Windermere and Coniston with a guide to show you around. On a calm day, stand up paddle boarding is an option, although I’m not sure that the water will be terribly warm if you fall in. Still, sounds like an excuse to warm up with coffee and cake afterward…
I’d love to hear from those of you who have visited the Lake District. Where are the best places to eat and what are the absolute must do activities?