The Lake District is England’s largest national park, the largest ‘adventure playground’ and the UK’s top holiday destination throughout spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
There’s a wide variety of activities available to people of all ages, set in England’s most stunning scenery where the diverse & natural landscapes are geographically unique.
Don’t just take our word for it, listen to the great poet, Tony Walsh, in this visually stunning video that sums up the beauty of the English Lake District
England has 5 mountains over 3000 feet high (900 meters) and all 5 of them are here in Cumbria! At 885 square miles, the Lake District is home to England’s deepest lake-Wastwater, England’s longest lake-Windermere, and England’s highest mountain-Scafell Pike. The Lake District also boasts some of northern England’s most beautiful coastline.
The Lake District is quite simply breathtaking and to help you get the most out of your holidays in the Lake District we’ve created several pages of information below about our wonderful corner of England.
Alfred Wainwright the great guidebook author and illustrator famously wrote about his 1st trip to the Lake District in 1930, “I was totally transfixed, unable to believe my eyes. I had never seen anything like this. I saw mountain ranges, one after another, the nearer starkly etched, those beyond fading into the blue distance. Rich woodlands, emerald pastures and the shimmering water of the lake below added to a pageant of loveliness, a glorious panorama that held me enthralled. I had seen landscapes of rural beauty pictured in the local art gallery, but here was no painted canvas; this was real. This was truth. God was in his heaven that day and I a humble worshipper”
The Lake District is UK’s first national park to win UNESCO World Heritage Status and joins the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon in being given one of the highest accolades on the planet.
With its rolling fells, spectacular mountains and stunning lakes, the Lake District not only finds itself in illustrious company but also becomes the United Kingdom’s first national park to be awaded the World Heritage status by UNESCO.
The Lake District has a lot to offer from gentle rolling hills and valleys to dramatic jagged peaks, stunning beaches, coastal cliffs, vast tidal estuaries, roaring waterfalls, meandering rivers and streams, large forests
Want more? Cumbria also boasts lots of historic houses & gardens set in Cumbria’s magnificent landscape, 50 stone circles, Hadrian’s Wall, and lots and lots of history and heritage too.
Whilst there are hundreds of lakes and tarns, the Lake District has 16 lakes of reputable size. Each lake and valley has a distinct character of its own.
The Great Outdoors
And it’s good for you! – available throughout the Lake District
We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this lovely comfortable cottage. Cottage is pet friendly too and our pet dog “George” really enjoyed his stay and was very relaxed staying in the cottage.
We loved the whole layout and it was so well equipped. Spotless bed linen and towels also.The real log fireplace was really cosy to light on an evening after enjoyable long /short walks.
We really enjoyed looking up at the star filled sky on a clear night from the cottage garden. It’s in such a lovely peaceful place. It’s in a great location too. Lovely friendly pub “The Engine Inn” is less than 2 minutes walk away. Handy grocery shop/general store “Londis” is also less than 2 minutes away.
Simon has thought of everything and his recommended walks written in the guest book were a great help.
We will highly recommend staying in your cottages to family/friends/colleagues. Thank you!! – Liza
We can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed Cartmel Hill.
The house is beautiful, even nicer than expected, so spacious. Lots of room for our group of 7, so nice to have so many bathrooms and living space to spread out when we wanted.
The summer house is awesome, what a wonderful place to have a glass of wine and play some games at night.
Cartmel village is wonderful, so many friendly people and great shops and restaurants.
We loved taking the public footpaths through the forest to get to the village. Also enjoyed exploring the footpaths up the hill from the house – what views!!
Simon is a great host, house was easy to find thanks to his directions. We hope to come back to Cartmel one day and wouldn’t hesitate to book Cartmel Hill again. Thanks Simon! – Gillian Pettersen – Prince George, British Columbia, Canada