I think it’s fair to say that the UK has some of the most incredible landscapes in the world. The mountains of Scotland, the rugged moorland of Yorkshire and the Lake District of Cumbria just can’t be beaten. I’ve been thinking about new ways to explore some of these incredible sights. When you think about the Lake District, you might envision middle-aged walkers with their hiking poles and hat. So I looked into finding some alternative ways to make the most of a sunny holiday in this area for the coming summer:
Kayaking – I started my thinking from the water. Is it possible to kayak your way around the lakes? Well, yes and no. You can’t really sail between all the lakes. But you are usually permitted to drop a kayak into most of the bodies of water you might find on the old tourist trails. You can choose to kayak across or around quite a lot of the lakes. There are also some kayaking schools on the larger lakes that can help you brush up on your skills and help you navigate safely.
Cycling – The great thing about the lakes is that they are pretty much level. However, getting from one to the next can be a challenging undertaking on a bike. There are some great tours for cyclists so that you can be assured of the difficulty of each trail. It’s sometimes more fun to meander through the region on your own. There are lots of places to stop and rest if it gets too hilly, but with scenery that stunning, would you ever get started again?
Flying – If you look up a good helicopter tour operator online and visit their blog, you can usually find some amazing pictures of flights over this region. With a helicopter tour you can see from the sky the lay of the land in a way you can’t begin to fathom from the ground. Each tour will allow you to spot many of the peaks, hills and lakes. You can even see the areas that inspired Beatrix Potter to write her tales of Peter Rabbit.
Chauffeur driven – One of the worst things about the Lake District is the driving. If you’re not very confident, some of the roads can be frightening. If you don’t fancy the expense of your own chauffeur, then you can take advantage of one of the many minibus tours operating in the area. Most include picnic spots so you’ll still get plenty of fresh air and time out in nature. The best bit is, you’re not the one having to squeeze past caravans and cyclists on narrow roads!
The Lake District is so beautiful and quiet that you won’t care what the weather is like while you are there. My advice is to pack for all eventualities. Take a sun hat, insect repellent, waterproofs and a woolly pully. You never can tell what you’re going to get, and no form of travel is going to help you avoid the worst of it! Whether you’re camping or staying in a B&B, you can’t go wrong with a holiday in the Lake District no matter how you get there.