The Lake District

Exploring Cumbria on your short break

Beautiful flowers in Windermere

The Lake District provides the perfect backdrop for a short break to Cumbria, and Lingmoor Guest House is ideally located within Windermere for exploring the timeless character of this region, which retains its beauty, charm and tranquillity that was once immortalised by William Wordsworth.

Technically there is only one true ‘Lake’ in the Lake District and this is Bassenthwaite Lake, the rest are actually ‘meres’ or ‘waters’ eg Windermere and Derwentwater. However, all the lakes boast unique and spectacular scenery surrounding them. The distinctive character of the Lake District is also due to the mountain peaks, crags and fells that dominate and separate the lakes, with a number of beautiful waterfalls making it a haven for walking short breaks. With its central location Lingmoor Guest House provides the perfect base from which to explore.

The Lake District is a contrast of landscapes with the more remote and dramatic north-western lakes such as Wastwater – England’s deepest lake and home to England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike at 3,210 feet. Closely followed by Helvellyn at 3,118 feet where views and ascents can be approached from Ullswater or Thirlmere. The central part of the Lake District is the lowest in terms of elevation – although none the less breathtaking. The area surrounding the Lakes, Carlisle, The Eden Valley, Cartmel and the Furness Peninsulas and Cumbria’s West Coast should not be missed either. The diverse scenery and local attractions offer no shortages of places to visit for visitors on a short break to the area.

There are many famous people associated with the Lake District including Beatrix Potter, the famous children’s author, William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Alfred Wainwright famous for his pictorial guides to the Lakeland Fells. For more information visit our famous people page.

The Lake District is steeped in history and the area abounds with many beautiful historic houses and gardens, castles and churches, and traditions including Lakeland events. The Lake District is a foodies haven with many unique Cumbrian delicacies that should be tried on your short break including Grasmere Gingerbread and Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding. There are also numerous delightful tea rooms, cafes and award-winning restaurants, not to mention the traditional inns and pubs where you can sample some local ale.

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