The Lake District is England’s largest National Park and, for me, one of the most beautiful National Parks in the world. Home to both William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter no trip to the UK could be complete without a stop off here. But if you need any more convincing here are my 5 reasons why you should go to the Lakes:

photo by Nina Hüpen-Bestendonk

1. Play on the water

Despite the fact it’s called the Lake District there is only one official lake – Bassenthwaite Lake. All the others are ‘meres’ or ‘waters.’ However despite this small geographic technicality there is over 5669 hectares of water for you to get your feet wet in – plenty of opportunity for a swim or something slightly more adventurous.

Canoeing, windsurfing and sailing are all really popular in the Lakes (all motor boats are banned so it’s always super calm) so a great place to start out and learn to do something different. Check out this site if you want to find more about watersports. However if you do decide to go for a dip – good on you, because the water is generally bloody freezing!

2. Go walking

The highest mountain in the Lake District is Scafell Pike at 978 metres (3210 feet) so if you are a more adventurous Travelette, there are a few great challenges for you to get your teeth stuck into – with the appropriate footwear, mind you.

However, if climbing a mountain sounds too much like hard work for you then do not fret – there are plenty lakeside strolls which will be easier on your lungs and thigh muscles.

This site is really useful and provides you with all the classic Lake District walks and classifies them according to difficulty. All content is free to download including map, GPS route and statistics.

3. Enjoy nature

top three photos by Nina Hüpen-Bestendonk

As I said, the Lakes is one of the most beautiful National parks filled with nature so plenty of opportunity for a picture with a sheep or two – keep your eyes open for Foxgloves, legend has it that they are the houses of fairies!

4. Play boardgames

It sounds strange, that I’m recommending you to play boardgames in one to the worlds most beautiful National Parks – but the reality is that it’s always hard to count on English weather, especially when you’ve planned a week of outdoors activities. Seathwaite, a small village in the Lakes, is in fact the wettest inhabited place in England!

So what better way to pass the time then settle down with a good book you’ve been dying to read for ages or play boardgames with your family and friends. I don’t know why but scrabble always ends up getting violent in my family!

5.  Sample the delights of a good English country pub

Photo by Adam Hawkes

No trip to the English countryside would be complete without an afternoon or evening spent in the local country pub sampling some of the local ale and enjoying a good pub quiz . Here and here you’ll find good lists on the best pubs and inns in the Lakes.

So have a great time, and don’t forget to send us a postcard!