Group Accommodation in The Lake District
The National Park is the largest in England. There is actually only one lake in the Lake District, although it is home to many waters, meres and tarns only Bassenthwaite Lake has Lake in its’ title. The most famous non-lakes includes: – Winderemere, Ullswater, Derwent Water, Coniston and Grasmere.
Windermere is Englands’ longest lake at 10.5 miles long. The Lake District attracted 16.4 million visitors in 2014. The Lakes most famous resident was the poet, William Wordsworth who lived in Grasmere, today, Dove Cottage his home, is now a museum dedicated to his life and work. Beatrix Potter also wrote some of her books from her house near Sawrey. She bought the house in 1905 and bequeathed it to The National Trust in 1943.
The Lake District is a walkers paradise and offers walks for every ability, whether you want a gentle amble by a lake or wanting more of a challenge such as Scarfell Pike at 3210 feet. For a more leisurely day out try a scenic boat trip around Windermere.
With so much water in just one National Park, the Lakes offer a wide range of water sports. The Windermere Outdoor Centre offers lessons in canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing. There are various companies offering boat hire and also water-skiing or wakeboarding, which is basically snow boarding on water.
The Lake District has plenty to offer the foodie as well, of course you will find the traditional English tearoom in just about every town and village but you can also find some fine dining establishments and excellent gastro pubs. L’Enclume, in the pretty little market town of Cartmel has a Michelin star. The menu is small and very seasonal. For another fine dining experience you could also try Holbeck Ghyll, a 19th century hunting lodge which has held a Michelin star for 12 consecutive years.
The Drunken Duck is the original gastro pub and sits on a hilltop between Coniston and Hawkshead. A very popular pub, it doesn’t accept lunchtime reservations, so in the summer, except to queue. Hooked, in Winderemere, as the name suggests, is a small bistro specializing in fish and seafood. Of course, if you do still want that traditional afternoon tea then Gilliams tearooms have been providing tea and scones since 1892.
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