Having a weekend away can revitalise the most jaded of individuals, but the choice of where to go can be overwhelming. For many, a weekend in the Lake District is pretty high on their bucket list.
This most scenic of regions has a plethora of exciting and interesting activities, to see and do. The most fascinating and accessible lake areas are listed below. Others include Grasmere, Buttermere, Ullswater and Langdale.
Coniston Water is a gorgeous lake and the ideal starting point for all kinds of boat tours. It has its own Boating Centre, which caters to those who are looking for the thrill of a motorboat, or others who may prefer the more sedate pursuit of kayaks and canoes.
There are plenty of photographic opportunities, particularly encompassing the Old Man of Coniston, a mountain on the western shore.
Windermere is the most popular area of the lakes and is home to Ambleside, known as the starting point for taking a scenic stroll or simply exploring its many quaint shops and restaurants. Lake Windermere itself has 18 islands, each one having a mysterious folklore tale associated with it. Families are not forgotten, with an adventure playground to explore, and the Lakes Aquarium on hand for a fun day out.
More active individuals will enjoy taking the eight-mile walk around the shores of Lake Derwentwater. Those who prefer a gentler option can take the Keswick Launch, which allows visitors to hop on and off, combining a day of walking and sailing. More unusual attractions include a visit to Honister Slate Mine, an afternoon at the climbing wall, or boarding a Segway to conquer the more challenging terrain.
Time to get packing, and make the most of a weekend in the Lake District, another activity to tick off the bucket list.