Lake District National Park
The National Park with Everything
National parks come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but each one seems to have its own unique attractions. Lake District National Park is a little different because this place seems to have everything that visitors could ever want. The 912 square miles that make up the park was first established in 1951 and with over 15 million people visiting the location each year, it is no secret that this park is a popular place to go. Here are some reasons that you need to make the trek to Lake District National Park right now. With a name like Lake District National Park, you can rest assured that you can find the water activities that you want. With 16 different lakes throughout the park along with ample coastline, you can enjoy an array of water activities including boating, canoeing, kayaking, and even snorkeling. Plan ahead for any water activity that you choose and be sure to have enough life vests for everyone in your group. Lake District National Park rangers are very strict about safety procedures, so be sure that you are well-versed on the rules and always ask questions when you are unsure. Fun on the water can turn tragic quickly, so never overestimate anyone’s ability and take all safety regulations seriously.
Something Just for Kids
Some national parks seem to only have attractions for adults and older children. Children can get tired quickly on a long hike and when the children get tired, they often get cranky and no one wants to be walking deep in the woods with a cranky child in tow. Visitors at Lake District National Park do not have that problem, as the park caters some of the activities specifically to children. Throughout the year there are specific child friendly events, but there are also many activities to be found in Brockhole Visitor’s Center.
At the visitor’s center, you can not only get information about the park, but kids can enjoy the many exhibits put on display throughout the year. Families can also enjoy a round of mini golf or take part in some fun in the Counston Boating Centre. Even if the weather does not cooperate with your visit, the children will still enjoy electric boats and a host of other activities within the boating centre. The weather is never a factor when it comes to having fun in Lake District National Park.
Bring the Canvas
When you think of visiting a national park, you likely think of high-energy attractions to fill in the day, but sometimes it is good to just slow down and take in the scenery. There is no better way to do this than on canvas. Throughout the years, Lake District National Park has become the place for artists to paint the scenery around them. The lakes and rivers give the artist the perfect backdrop for the scenes. Some of the most popular locations are Packhorse Bridge and St Catherine’s Church, so when you go for a visit to Lake District National Park never leave home without your canvas and paints for a memory that will last a lifetime.
Park the Car to Travel in Style
You can see a lot of Lake District National Park from the comfort of your own car, but roads are not always available to the places you want to see.
The other downside is that the driver does not get to enjoy the experience fully because their eyes must remain on the road. You do not have to rely on your own car to see it all.
Booking a bus tour will allow everyone to enjoy the experience, but if you truly want to enjoy the journey and the experience, Eskdale and Ravenglass Railways are for you. These railways travel at the foot of the highest mountains in England right within Lake District National Park.
You can watch the world go by while you sit in perfect comfort.
Things to Know
There are no entrance fees to Lake District National Park, but other fees do need to be accounted for. Parking fees may be charged depending on which location you choose to park, so be sure to look for any fee stations when you park the vehicle. Special events may charge an additional fee, but these fees are usually very minimal. Research what you want to do and what it will cost before venturing out to Lake District National Park.
Staying within the park is quite an experience as the nocturnal animals will venture out in the evening. Camping is by far the best way to enjoy your experience in Lake District National Park to its absolute fullest, so be sure to pack a tent or make arrangements for one of their glamping sites before you go. Reservations are not required, but are highly recommended during peak seasons.
High fells, deep glacial lakes and thriving rural communities, the Lake District has inspired writers and visitors for centuries.
Key areas of interest
- Scafell, Englands’s highest mountain
- 16 main lakes and many smaller tarns
- Boat trips, sailing, canoeing and swimming
- Wainwright’s famous 214 fell walks
- Less than 2 hours from Manchester