Wast Water Lake

Wast Water Lake

Photo by Andrew Hayward (Flickr Creative Commons)

British Lake District

Photo by Thorneh (Wikimedia Commons)Scafell Pike Photo by Thorneh (Wikimedia Commons)

A recent survey on the perfect celebrity to take on a UK motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday put Colin Firth in first place, followed by Peter Kay, and George Clooney third.  How could handsome George only get to third place?  But one thing they did get right was the best destination, the Lake District, considered to be the most romantic destination in the whole country.

Located in the northwest of England in rural Cumbria, the Lake District is one of the country’s most scenic areas.  It’s the place that inspired poets and writers, it’s the great outdoors on a grand scale, and for visitors who enjoy pretty chocolate box villages there are some excellent places to explore.  The whole area is packed with things to see and do whatever the weather, and that’s why it appeals to so many visitors.

In the Lake District it is possible to climb to the top of the highest peaks such as Scarfell Pike, take to the lakes of Windermere, Coniston, Ullswater, and Derwent, or just stroll around villages such as Bowness, Ambleside, and Kendal.  For visitors interested in literature the areas association with poets and writers such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter draw large numbers.  Visit places such as Dove Cottage and Wordsworth’s museum in Grasmere, or Hill Top Farm at Near Sawrey which was once home to Beatrix Potter and the setting for many of her popular animal tales.

If it’s your first time in the Lake District head for the Visitor Centre at Brockhole near Windermere.  Here you can pick up information on walking, cycling, and horse riding trails, information on water activities such as waterskiing, wakeboarding, or fishing, and importantly for motorhome rental or campervan hire holidaymaker’s, details of places to stay in the National Park.

For visitors who enjoy something challenging there are lots of centres offering ‘adrenaline experiences’ from rock climbing to kite surfing, the area even has ‘green road’ driving areas which are open to 4x4’s and trail bikes with a permit.  But, a great road trip wouldn’t be complete without excellent food, and the Lake District’s got that too.  There are traditional delicacies such as the curled Cumberland sausage, produce made from Damsons such as jam, gin, or even cheese, something you shouldn’t miss.  Some of the villages even have their own specialties such as Grasmere gingerbread made from a secret recipe dating back to 1854. There’s Herdwick lamb, tasty and sweet because the animals graze on the high fells, and of course Kendall Mint Cake, a peppermint flavoured congealed sugar that has been used by walkers and climbers for over a century, it even went to the top Everest in the famous 1953 expedition.

So with fells and mountains, lakes and picturesque villages the Lake District is definite thumbs up with visitors on a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday.  For me, with George by my side the Lake District would be heaven on earth, but even without him it would be great too.

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