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Discover the Lake District

Inspiration for authors and poets

The Lake District

Deep blue lakes, scenic mountains and ancient castles: the English Lake District looks beautiful from every angle. We planned a route along some of the highlights of this gorgeous part of England.

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Stunning landscapes

It comes as no surprise that the magnificent Lake District was the inspiration for poets and writers such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. The stunning landscape has a magical effect on anyone who drives, cycles or hikes through this region. 

The Lake District encompasses 16 lakes and is a big playground for outdoor lovers. But thanks to the region’s rich cultural and literary past, there is plenty to see and do even if running, climbing or hiking are not your thing.

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Bowness-on-Windermere

The world of Beatrix Potter

The lovely town of Bowness-on-Windermere is a great starting place to explore the Lake District. The town is nestled on Lake Windermere, England’s largest natural lake. The areas around the water are perfect for boating, cycling or hiking, but most visitors are drawn here because of its most illustrious resident: the late author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. 

The interactive museum ‘The World of Beatrix Potter’ makes her most famous characters, such as Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck, come to life. 

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Miller Howe
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Afterwards enjoy an authentic afternoon tea at Miller Howe. Pile your scones high with clotted cream and jam and nibble on a delicious sandwich while looking out over the glassy surface of Lake Windermere. 

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Coniston

Set foot on a Victorian steamer

A trip to the Lake District wouldn’t be complete without at least one boat tour. A 30-minute drive from Bowness-on-Windermere lies Coniston. From here the beautiful Steam Yacht Gondola sets out across the Coniston Water. This historic Victorian steamer was first launched in 1859 but fell into disrepair in the 1960s. 

Fortunately, a group of steamboat fans raised funds to restore the ship to its former glory. Since 1980, the ship is back plying the waters and you can enjoy a 45-minute tour. Opt for a luxury First Class Saloon ticket or take in the fresh air on the open deck. 

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Coniston is also a paradise for walkers and hikers. Various shorter and longer hiking routes start right from the village or in the surrounding area.

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Muncaster Castle

Britain’s most haunted castle

Footsteps in the hallway, crying babies and a door that has a mind of its own: Muncaster Castle does indeed sound haunted. Researchers have been investigating the strange phenomena at the castle since 1992, but an explanation for the mysterious occurrences has yet to be found. The ghost of former resident Tom Fool is said to roam the castle and there are stories about a White Lady and a ‘Woman in Black’. 

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Fearless souls can book a night in the notorious Tapestry Room.

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Start the evening with a tour as your guide tells you all about the castle’s ghost stories. Then you will spend the night in the Tapestry Room and keep an eye (or two) out for ghosts. When the sun comes up, breakfast is served in Creeping Kate’s kitchen. 

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Follow the pleasant trail that runs along the west shore of Crummock Water to the idyllic Scale Force Waterfall, tucked away in a tree-lined gorge. The water drops down more than 50 metres, making this the highest waterfall in the Lake District. For a gorgeous view of both lakes, we recommend a hike to the top of Grasmoor. 

Buttermere

Mountain tops and waterfalls

From Muncaster Castle it is just an hour by car to the charming village of Buttermere, located between Lake Buttermere and Crummock Water. The area is off the beaten track, so if you are looking for quiet hiking trails or bike routes, this is the place to be. 

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Castlerigg Stone Circle

History set in stone

The Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of the historic highlights of the Lake District. Historians assume that the circle, which has an impressive 30-metre diameter, dates back to 3,000 B.C. Originally it was composed of 42 stones, but today only 38 remain, ranging in height from 1 to 2.3 metres. 

From Castlerigg Stone Circle, it takes only an hour to return to the starting point in Bowness-on-Windermere. When you make your way back, be sure to stop in the town of Ambleside for a piece of homemade pie at The Apple Pie Bakery. 

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