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The Lake District

Travel Time: Within 60 Mins


The Lake District is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the UK. Benefiting from an incredible diversity of natural and cultural heritage which makes it stand out from other locations in the UK and across the world. The spectacular landscapes are known to have inspired many, including William Wordsworth, Alfred Wainwright and Beatrix Potter.

It is the largest National Park in England, a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to the highest mountain in England (Scafell Pike), the largest lake (Windermere) and the deepest Lake (Wastwater).

With over 3,100km of public rights of access are available across the various valleys and fell and mountain peaks, the possibilities for walking and cycling are almost limitless.

The many lakes, water bodies and rivers provide wonderful opportunities for water sports such as sailing, rowing, kayaking, steamer cruises, fishing, ghyll scrambling and swimming. Outdoor activities aren’t limited to the water as the Lake District is known as the adventure capital of the UK. Caving, rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking and many more are all available with several tour guides offering specialist courses and tours.

For those wanting a more leisurely experience the Lake District is also known for its range of historical sites and has an enviable food heritage with a diverse range of country pubs, restaurants, seven of which are michelin star accredited, breweries and distilleries all making the most of fantastic locally sourced produce.

Some of the most prominent hills in the Lake District such as Blencathra are visible from the cottages and many of the key sites and attractions are within 1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes away from Long Byres.

Top Highlights

  • Walking
  • Outdoor Activities
  • History
  • Incredible scenery
  • Cafe's & Restaurants throughout