The Lake District in Cumbria has just become Britain’s first National Park to be awarded the important status as UNESCO World Heritage site adding to the many reasons to visit the area this year.

Catbells. One of the loveliest vistas to be found is looking east from the top of Catbells hill across the lake of Derwentwater to the mountain of Skiddaw. The Catbells Lakeland Walk is a short, sharp, steep 451-metre climb, but well worth the effort

The Treetop Trek is a network of more than 30 treetop challenges in an ancient woodland canopy for adventurers to swing, climb and fly through. Complete the adventure by racing down the park’s triple zip: three parallel 250m (820ft) zip wires taking in spectacular views of Lake Windermere.

Grasmere in the Lake District has long been a place to stop where William Wordsworth lived in Dove Cottage from 1799 to 1808. Here he wrote much of his best-loved poetry, including ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’, fondly known as ‘Daffodils’. Now a museum, the cottage is full of Wordsworth’s personal belongings and looks remarkably unchanged since he and his family lived here.

Whilst in Grasmere visit Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread shop which is in the village. This legendary gingerbread’s special recipe has been a closely-guarded family secret since Victorian cook Sarah Nelson concocted it in 1854. A trip to the Lake District wouldn’t be complete without visiting the original tiny green shop and bakery to sample this spicy-sweet cross between a biscuit and cake.

Crossing Europe’s longest Burma rope bridge: apart from walking the Lake District is renowned as an outdoor adventure playground, including the Vis Ferrat Xtreme (Italian for ‘iron way’) in Honister. Inspired by the popular mountain climbing route of similar construction that traverses the Dolomites in northern Italy, this adrenaline-boosting course involves vertical climbs, cliff-edge ladders, and Europe’s longest Burma Rope bridge suspended 2,000ft/610m over the valley.

Giant abseil :-If it’s extreme outdoor adventure you’re after, Adventuremakers will make it happen – and summer is a great time to do it. Conquer new heights with the Cathedral Quarry’s impressive 100ft abseil; you’ll get to practice on a smaller abseil first. Getting to the rock face is an adventure in itself, passing through tunnels into the huge, dramatic Cathedral Cave which starred in Hollywood movie Snow White and the Huntsman.


The Gondola on Conistan Water, Cumbria

The Gondola on Conistan Water, Cumbria

Food and new hotels: From gastropubs to Michelin stars, the Lake District’s ever-growing gastronomic menu sees local chefs making the most of the region’s abundant natural produce.  As a result, many of its restaurants have won awards, including coveted Michelin stars .The Forest Side is a gastronomic boutique hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant in Grasmere headed up by Kevin Tickle.

New lakeside hotel and spa, Another Place: This August, the team behind the acclaimed Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall are opening Another Place, The Lake on the shores of Britain’s second largest lake, Ullswater. A stylish new hotel and spa has been designed around the lakeside environment, with a homely feel. Among its 18 acres of parkland are trees strung with hammocks and a wooden jetty by the lake, where open-water swimming and stand-up paddle boarding are encouraged.

Afternoon tea aboard a gondola: take a sailing trip on the steam-powered Steam Yatch Gondola.. With its opulent saloons and open-air decks, this impressive example of Victorian engineering glides across Coniston Water, with several cruises every day from the start of April to the end of October. You can even enjoy afternoon tea during your journey.



Travel to the Lake District: Nearest airport: Manchester and there is a direct train from Manchester to Windermere. From London, the nearest train station is Oxenholme, journey approximately two hours and 40 minutes.

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