40. Lake District National Park

What is the Lake District?

The Lake District is a mountainous region in the North East of England that includes the largest lake in England, Lake Windermere, and Scafell Pike, the highest peak. The Lake District National Park was created in 1951 and extends 40 miles north to south, and 51 miles from east to west.

What is the Lake District like?

It's stunningly beautiful. There are 19 fairly large lakes, as well as numerous smaller ones (called tarns), 4 mountains that exceed 3000 feet, and 7 sizeable towns including Grasmere, which was once home to William Wordsworth.

Where is the Lake District? 

Cumbria, England

When did we go? 

August 2019

How did we get there?

I drove up to Ambleside and around Windermere with my friend, Sarah-Jane. 

Worth noting

You can buy the best gingerbread in the world in Grasmere. The inventor was Sarah Nelson and Grasmere Gingerbread has been sold from her house in the village since 1854.

What was the Lake District's position in the 2015 edition of the Lonely Planet Ultimate Travelist?

36. It dropped four places.

Does it deserve its place in the 2020 Lonely Planet top 500?

Yes - it's a magnificent place in the world.

Lake District Lonely Planet Ultimate Travelist