This is why the Lake District is one of the most beautiful places in the UK

With its simply stunning scenery, more gourmet and Michelin-starred restaurants than you’ll be able to stomach, and enough adventure activities to keep any adrenaline junkie happy, the Lake District really does have a lot going for it.

Put it this way. There’s a reason why the Lake District is the most popular national park in the UK – the 15 million people that visit the region every year can’t all be wrong!

Within a mere 30 miles there are 16 lakes all packed in between England’s highest mountains (yes, we really do have mountains here!) – it’s like an English version of the Swiss Alps. Sort of.

Valley in the Lake District

Even though it took me 31 years to finally visit the Lake District, I am now in love with the place.

It didn’t take me long – it was on the drive from Carlisle when all of a sudden I was in the heart of the lakes with gorgeous green rolling hills and craggy mountain tops all around me.

Also, if you’re into your literature then this is where Beatrix Potter, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and of course William Wordsworth found their inspiration. Just another reason to visit the Lake District!

Even though I was only in the Lake District for less than a week, I still managed to visit Coniston, Grasmere, Honister, Keswick, Ullswater and a couple of small places too, so if you’ve got your own car then you’ll be able to pack loads in. Trust me on that one.

As a bit of inspiration though, here are 16 photos that’ll make you want to visit the Lake District.


Most of the Lake District looks something like this

Mountains in the Lake District

And even on grey rainy days the whole place stills looks magical

Lake District tree

Make sure of get on the water for a different perspective of the place though

Ullswater, Lake District

One thing the Lake District is famous for is world-class hiking – easy to see why with views like this

Catbells view, Lake District

With a number of Michelin-starred restaurants in the area (like this one, The Forest Side), the food is as beautiful as the scenery

The Forest Side, Lake District

Even pub grub (like at the George and Dragon) is of an amazing standard too. The Lake District really is a foodie destination in its own right

George and Dragon, Lake District

But if adventure activities are more your thing there are plenty to choose from in the Lake District (and here are 5 amazing adventures for you)

Amazing Adventures in the Lake District, England

Like walking a high rope over a massive gorge at the Via Ferrata Xtreme at Honister (yes, this really is as scary as it looks!)

Via Ferrate Xtreme, Lake District

Or perhaps you’d prefer something a little more relaxing like standup paddleboarding at the Coniston Boating Centre

Standup paddleboarding, Lake District

And for those with a sweet tooth, there’s Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread, the original and best gingerbread in all of the Lake District

Grasmere gingerbread, Lake District

They even have waterfalls in the Lakes. Lots and lots of waterfalls

Waterfalls, Lake District

But at the end of the day it’s all about the views

Views of the Lake District

You’ll never get bored of the views

Lake District

And remember, if it does rain, it means you just might get to see a rainbow…

Rainbow, Lake District

If you’re looking for some of the best places to eat at in the Lakes then check out Wanderlust Chloe’s amazing guide on the best restaurants in the Lake District.

My trip to the Lake District was part of Cumbria Tourism, Visit England and Hertz’s campaign promoting places to visit in England – not all adventures have to be abroad! As always, views are entirely my own and without bias.

Have you ever been to the Lake District before? If so, what are some of your favourite things to do in the region? Make sure you let me know in the comments below!

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Photos of the Lake District

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Macca Sherifi is a presenter, photographer and videographer who has worked in the travel industry for the past six years. He has travelled to over 75 countries, volunteered in Bangladesh and worked in both China and Australia.

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