Lying in the North of England is Cumbria - an area renowned for its varied landscapes, beautiful areas and incredible scenery. From beaches and lakes to rolling countryside and quaint towns, whatever you’re searching for in a UK staycation, you’re sure to find it here. Plus, with so many things to do and see, it’s no wonder it’s so popular with families, couples and individuals.
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These are the best locations to visit for a luxury holiday in the Lake District and surrounding areas of Cumbria.
Best for: Exploring the Lake District
The largest lake in Cumbria’s Lake District, Windermere, is surrounded by beautiful villages and mountain peaks. For this reason, it makes a great base for your holiday. Bowness-on-Winderemere, Orrest Head and Grasmere have got to be on your list. And the town of Windermere itself is also just as pretty - with bars, restaurants and cafes lining the street.
Best for: Getting out in the great outdoors
The market town of Keswick really does have something for everyone. If taking it slow and spending your morning in a cafe suits you, you’ll be pleased here. But equally, if you want to get out and feel the wind in your hair, its boat tours and countryside adventures will not disappoint. There’s also a local museum and art gallery for those who like to uncover tales of the past.
Best for: Its bars, restaurants and cafes
While Ambleside might be one of the smallest towns in the Lake District, it’s certainly one of the most popular tourist destinations around. Boasting a fantastic selection of shops, bars, pubs and restaurants, it’s got a great atmosphere and an even better foodie scene. After a long day exploring the local area on foot, there’s nothing better than resting in one of Ambleside’s gastropubs. It’s also ideally located for exploring the lakes including Lake Windermere.
Best for: Something a little lively
As the border city of England and Scotland, and the county town of Cumbria, Carlisle has everything a UK city has to offer. Think of a vibrant cultural scene, busy nightlife and lots of bars and restaurants to take your pick from. Few know that it’s England’s biggest city too, meaning there’s always something going on for all ages.
Best for: Its culture and arts
When you arrive in Kendal, you might think it’s just an ordinary market town in the Lake District. But it’s so much more than that. Boasting an annual calendar that’s rich with arts, events, festivals and culture, Kendal is steeped in history and has some impressive shopping districts too.
From dog-friendly hikes to gentle strolls, there’s a walk for everyone in Cumbria.
Walk length: Two and a half miles
Orrest Head walk in Windermere was the first ever fell climbed by Alfred Wainwright - the famous hillwalker. Starting at the Windermere Hotel it takes you up a winding path, through green fields and woodland trails. There’s no missing the viewpoint either and it’s a great place to watch the sunset with all your loved ones.
Walk length: Six miles
Walla Crag is a circular route that starts at Keswick and takes you through Derwentwater and Ashness Bridge. Expect to see incredible local nature, even better views and outstanding lakeshores. You certainly won’t want to forget your camera for this one, and why not pack a picnic to enjoy whilst taking in the scenes?
Walk length: Three and a half miles
Ambleside to Skelwith Bridge walk is ideal for those with children or those who are looking for a gentle introduction into walking in the Lake District. Expect to see woodland, countryside, lakes and more with some climbing, hiking and walking. On the way back, you’ll find a few pubs too which are ideal for refueling after a long day.
Walk length: Seven miles
Carlisle Cathedral Hike isn’t for the faint-hearted and a good level of fitness and walking ability is required. Starting at Raffles Avenue, you’ll head to the Cathedral and along the bridge over the river Eden before heading through Bitts Park and coming back on yourself. If it does become too much for you though, there’s plenty of pit stops and public transport links along the way.
Walk length: Five miles
Ten Bridge Challenge in Kendall is a straight walk that will take you along the river, past a castle, ski slope and over a lot of bridges. It’s a great one to get the whole family involved - including your four-legged companions - as its trails are pet-friendly. Abbot Hall Art Gallery is the place to go for refreshments as well.
As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK, there’s always plenty to do and see in Cumbria.
Best for: A fun day out for all the family
A holiday in Cumbria isn’t complete without a trip to Hadrian’s Wall. Built as a protection of the Roman Empire, it stretches from coast to coast. Today, only a few bits of the wall stand but the on-site museum has lots of interesting artefacts too. With sites dotted all over Cumbria, wherever you’re based, you’re sure to find something close by.
Best for: A variety of activities
Possibly one of the most famous attractions in Cumbria, the Lake District National Park offers plenty of things to see and do - for all ages. Stay on dry ground and explore the area by foot, hiking up mountains and walking through green fields. Or, head out onto one of the many lakes and enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming - if you dare. There’s also lots of pubs to explore too.
Best for: Reliving those childhood memories
Allow the tales that you loved during your childhood to come alive with a day at The World of Beatrix Potter. Here, you’ll find interactive opportunities and activities that tell the story of this famous writer. Plus, you’ll uncover her passion for Lakeland conservation. It’s worth checking out what’s on at the on-site theatre when you’re due to visit too.
Best for: Learning about the local heritage
Having stood proud in the city for nine centuries, Carlisle Castle has a very colourful past. Discover stories about the royal prisoner who was held here, hear about the sieges that have gone on and take in the incredible views when you walk the city walls. It’s also home to the Museum of Military Life which makes for a great day out.
Location: Lake District
Best for: Exploring with your furry friends
Nestled in the heart of the Lake District lies Grizedale Forest and its rope activity centre. Not just that but you’ll also find incredible views, endless exploration and lots of artwork on offer. Pack a picnic, take some chairs and get ready for an unrivalled day out in Cumbria, that is guaranteed to keep you coming back for more. It’s also close to Coniston Water - which is great for additional exploration.