Coniston is a lake known for speed records and tragedy. The Campbells, Malcolm and Donald, set speed records on the lake in days gone by, but the death of Sir Donald when his boat, Bluebird, broke up at over 300mph brought an end to that episode. That was almost half a century ago but the memory still lingers.
What doesn’t linger is the use of such beautiful lakes for anything that is not regarded as environmentally friendly. The environment is a huge topic of debate worldwide and in such areas of natural beauty there is an avowed aim to ensure that visitors’ enjoyment of the region does not impact in any negative way.
There is little industry in this part of Cumbria though there is still a working slate mine. The region is dependent on tourism but it is never allowed to clash with nature. The Lakes run cruises and encourage water sport but there are restrictions that are strictly enforced. That involves speed limits in keeping with the environment and the control of noise pollution regarded as important. The Lakes are a wonderful setting enjoyed by many, but the crowds are expected to have sympathy for their surroundings.
Where there are lakes there are often mountains. The highest in the area overlook Wast Water, Scafell and Scafell Pike, with Striding Edge on Helvellyn perhaps just as famous. The views from the highest points in the region are even more stunning than those from ground level.
Even though the roads may sometimes be busy in high season, the setting more than makes up for any inconvenience. The crowds do dwindle outside the summer months though there is still much to enjoy, not least the fresh air.
Fauna and birds
It is great news that the wildlife is responding to the National Park status. Raptors are on the increase and Golden Eagles have appeared at Hawes Water, the only site outside Scotland, where they can be viewed.
The Lakes are also one of the few strongholds for the indigenous red squirrel that has been pushed towards UK extinction by the far more aggressive grey. Wildlife enthusiasts and walkers can join cyclists and anglers in this picturesque setting long after the summer crowds have departed.
Do some research?
There is an enormous amount of information on the Lake District on the Internet. Cumbria Cottages by Lake Cottage Holiday options will tell any visitor what there is on offer. Accommodation ideas are accompanied with ideas of the major attractions in each area. There is always something new to explore. Some people, having found their ideal location, return time and again. Others who may have explored more widely before often decide on a new location based on the things they saw on the last visit.
Once anyone has been ‘captured’ by the region it is difficult to ‘escape’. There is plenty for all the family to do and with North West England so accessible, with an excellent motorway system, visitors can spend their holidays having fun; and avoiding crowded departure lounges.