It is all too easy to forget home; the UK has a stunning variety of holiday options whatever your tastes. There are great areas of natural beauty and ironically many are in the North of England that has a general reputation as being the industrial heartland of England.
Image Credit: Wastwater by alancleaver
As an island, many people traditionally spent holidays by the sea; these days, traffic permitting, no part of the country is much more than two hours away from a coast. People still love the sea and sand but air travel has meant that many seek it in warmer countries. Those wanting more than a suntan and not willing to spend any of their holiday in crowded airports can have a relaxing or energetic holiday on these shores and the numbers of overseas visitors that come to the UK are evidence there is plenty to see.
While traffic has built up in recent years, the UK road network still allows people to easily access all parts of the country and choose from a variety of holiday accommodation.
There are boarding houses, caravan parks and camping sites on the coast and top quality hotels in many cities, but increasingly people are opting for self catering and Cumbrian Cottages are an excellent means of getting a base to explore what is increasingly seen as the best of an excellent range of natural areas to enjoy.
The Lake District is a National Park which welcomes all:
- Those interested in water sports
- Hikers and ordinary walkers
- People simply seeking fresh air
- Families looking for variety, perhaps a little culture, a little activity and a little relaxation
The Lakes themselves are very popular for water sports but there are regulations in this National Park limiting noise and speed. There are sailing options or simply the chance to cruise around many of the larger lakes and take in the scenery.
Many of the Lakes are best viewed from on high, and hikers and walkers can get stunning views of them from the summits of many of the famous named peaks such as Scafell, Scafell Pike, and the highest mountain in England at 3200 ft., Skiddaw or the Langdale Pikes.
The Lake District has inspired artists, poets, writers and academics and much of their heritage is available for visitors to see;
- Wordworth’s cottage, Dove Cottage near Grasmere which now belongs to the William Wordsworth Trust, and another of his former homes, Rydal Mount
- Brantwood, John Ruskin’s home near Coniston; philosopher, mathematician and art critic
- Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s home near Sawrey
It is an area that can inspire anyone, but perhaps not to the heights of these famous people. These are surroundings to stop and take in. For anyone that has not yet visited the Lake District, you must make up for this omission. Many of those who have visited, have returned time and again because there are so many things to do and see like Cumbrian Cottages, and there is a unique atmosphere that makes this National Park a real national treasure for people of all ages to enjoy year after year.