The Lake District Travel Guide
The most visited towns are Keswick, Windermere and Bowness. They are almost the most touristy, offering Ďauthenticí Lakeland souvenirs in virtually every shop as well as some surprisingly good dining and alehouses. Bowness and Windermere were also, until recently, a magnet for water sport enthusiast but they local authorities finally realised the damage that was being caused to the environment and now enforce strict controls on watercraft. However you can still hire rowing boats and canoes or take a ride on the ferry. Other popular spots include Ullswater, Grasmere, Coniston Water and Derwent Water, which are even more beautiful and a little less commercial. For those seeking peace Wast Water and Buttermere are ideal. There are plenty of excellent campsites throughout the Lake District, but remember the weather can be extremely changeable and it is not unusual to experience all four seasons in one day.
One of the great advantages of a visit to the Lakes (if you avoid the main towns that is) is the cost. Truth be told you can head off to Cumbria with just a backpack, a few supplies and a spare set of clothes and simply spend the day wandering through the magnificent scenery to your heartís content. There are plenty of little villages where you can stop for a breather and charming pubs apparently built in the middle of nowhere but always playing host to a handful of friendly locals. The Lake District is definitely the best bet for a family holiday, especially with younger children who like nothing more than to run around and explore. Itís also possibly the best place in the UK to clear your head and relax for a while.
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