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Planning a Lake District trip is never quite as easy as it first might seem – there are loads of different places to visit, lots of sights to see and activities to do, and a huge selection of hotels to choose from, so it takes a bit of patience, time, and research to properly nail down the plan for the perfect trip! If you’re having a hard time trying to piece together the different parts of your trip, we’re here to help; we’ve put together a little guide to some of the top Lake District towns to assist you in picking a destination that offers all the things you need to make your holiday a great one!
This bustling market town has become a real tourist favourite over the past few years thanks to its quaint, homely feel and scenic location right by Derwentwater. You can head up the local fells to get a better look at the surrounding peaks and lakes or take a stroll around the town to find a fresh bite to eat or some quirky trinkets from the local boutiques. Castlerigg Stone Circle is close-by, which is a great historical landmark that’s estimated to have been around since 3000 BC and is beside the idyllic peaks of High Seat and Blencathra, which look incredible when they’re capped with snow through the winter months.
When it comes to Keswick accommodation, you’ll be spoilt for choice – there’s everything from cute B&B’s to luxury options, so there’s something to tailor to everybody’s tastes. You can even find dog-friendly hotels such as Inn On The Square so you can bring your 4-legged friends along for the adventure! If you choose to stay at Inn On The Square, you’ll also be staying right above the Brossen Steakhouse, where you’ll find the finest meat dishes around (as well as some veggie and vegan offerings) – they’re an AA Rosette Award-Winning restaurant, so they know their stuff when it comes to good food!
Another popular area for tourists to head to is Ambleside which again has all the amenities you’ll need to be able to make the most of a Lake District trip, with the added bonus of the spectacular views that are found around the town – they’re not to be missed and present you with a fantastic photo opportunity! There’s also a few home comforts such as a cinema for when the weather gets a bit damp.
One of the biggest attractions in Ambleside is the Stock Ghyll Force, a roaring waterfall that cascades down the natural landscape. It’s fairly easy to walk up to and once you’re there you’ll be able to get some great snaps and breath-taking views from the surrounding fells!
The Bridge House is another unique attraction to check out – it’s an old 17th century stone house that’s built over the river as part of the bridge. You can see into both rooms (upstairs and downstairs) from beside the bridge, which again makes for some brilliant pictures. The house is owned by the National Trust, who preserve landmarks such as this so future generations can enjoy them just as we have.
With any luck, you’ll have enough information on the things that each of these two fantastic towns can offer you as the base for your Lake District travels. Of course, there’s so much more to learn about the region, but we wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise so we’ll leave those for you to find yourself – whether you choose Keswick, Ambleside, or one of the many other towns, you’re sure to have a wonderful escape from city life that will leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated thanks to the sheer tranquility that you’re allowed to bask in as you hike up the fells, explore the valleys, and soak up the authentic, rustic nature of the streets and sights.