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If you are planning to spend a weekend sightseeing in the Lake District, plan your itinerary before you go to make the most of your time in England’s most beautiful National Park.
Spending a weekend in the Lake District is the perfect chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, with a number of top attractions available to make it a break to remember. While the county is well known for the Lake District, there are a number of other activities to enjoy outside of this famous landmark. If you are hoping to explore what else Cumbria has to offer, there is a variety of choice at your fingertips, including top-quality restaurants, country manors and fascinating museums.
Lovers of the great outdoors can enjoy some of the finest landscapes in Britain while sightseeing in the Lake District. Levels of difficulty and time differ with each walk, and it is up to you whether you spend a day hiking on the fells or an hour enjoying a gentle stroll around the shoreline. There are also some great pubs, bars and restaurants around Windermere serving delicious local Cumbrian fare.
Hoping to brush up on your historical knowledge while away? Cumbria has a massive array of interesting museums to choose from. These include industry-specific institutions, which let you explore the county's rich heritage in pencil making, maritime services and mining, as well as venues dedicated to famous people associated with the region.
The World of Beatrix Potter is popular, while the Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere is also not to be missed. This latter establishment is situated in a two-storey coach house and has a large collection of William Wordsworth's possessions, including poems and other writings. There are also works from his sister and wife, including journals, letters and manuscripts, as well as exhibits from other Romantic period writers, such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Thomas De Quincey.
If you prefer to get out in the fresh air, try visiting one of Cumbria's many manor houses while sightseeing in the Lake District. Holker Hall Gardens is a great place to start, with the 19th century 25-acre plot of land boasting roses, spring bulbs and rhododendrons in an explosion of colour. There are also a number of water features exhibiting both English and Italianate characteristics. Those on a romantic getaway may wish to take part in one of the woodland walks that are held regularly, allowing you to get closer to nature.
Walking, hiking and cycling are among the most popular activities in the lakes, and there is no better place to enjoy the great outdoors and breathe in the fresh mountain air than this part of the Lake District.
If you are planning a short break in the Lakes, why not book into a Windermere boutique spa suite to make the most of your visit?
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