When you are visiting the Lake District and beyond, book into the Aphrodite’s Hotel for somewhere to relax upon your return. With Lake Windermere as your backdrop, you can soak in your own hot tub or make use of other hotel facilities. During the day, why not venture a little further with plenty of other regions to visit in and around Cumbria.
Slightly further inland, to the East of the Lake District, is Eden Valley and the North Pennines. Although the Lakes are famous for beautiful scenery, the Pennines show there is more to Cumbria than just the UNESCO World Heritage site.
It does, however, have much in common with its Cumbrian neighbour. Fantastic for countryside walks, wonderful meadows and charming little villages. The North Pennines have also been given 2 recognised awards. With the region officially declared both an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a UNESCO Global Geopark.
Another of the UK’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is the coastline of Morecambe Bay. With Bowness-on-Windermere in the South of the Lake District, this fantastic coastline is within easy reach.
You can take the car or a day excursion via coach without it eating into your time in the Lake District. Especially when you have the hot tub and those much talked about spa facilities awaiting your return.
In fact, if you really want to make the most of this scenic journey then jump on the train. After all, this would have been the favoured mode of transport in days gone by. Some might say it’s the only way to truly experience arriving in this classic seaside town.
Carlisle and Hadrian’s Wall
If you’re driving to Aphrodite’s Lodge Hotel, then you’re only an hour or so away from Carlisle. It’s one of the UK’s largest cities, bringing together a busy modern life with the historical centrepiece of Carlisle Castle.
If you like the relaxation of visiting the Lake District but are also after some retail therapy, then head to Carlisle. Not only that, but you’ll only be a stone’s throw from another famous monument in Hadrian’s Wall.
Construction of which started in AD 122, running across the width of the country. Often misconceived as England’s border with Scotland, Hadrian’s Wall is in fact further south. Believed to have played a vital role in Roman Britain’s defence against the Scots, the wall remains an important piece of history and a significant tourist attraction.
When visiting the Lake District why just explore one National Park when you can visit two? Much like the Lakes themselves, the Dales are surrounded by not only natural beauty but a rich history too. You could take a tour of the famous Bolton Abbey. Alternativley how about just grabbing a beer at the Black Sheep Brewery?
However, like many areas when visiting the Lake District and beyond, it’s the charm of rural England that’s the main attraction. Delve into the countryside and you will discover wonderful waterfalls, along with mountains and hills providing incredible views.
Book your stay at Aphrodite’s Lodge today, where you will soon discover there is much more to visiting the Lake District and beyond.
Which is better, North or South of the Lake District?
As one of the most visited areas of the UK deciding which is better, North or South of the Lake District, it really does depend on personal tastes. After all, whichever you decide to visit, the Lake District is a wonderful part of the English countryside.
North Lake District
The beautiful hills and rock formations attract visitors to the North, where you can enjoy walks with incredible views. They don’t have to be too challenging either, Walla Crag is a popular short walk in the Lake District. It’s near Keswick, a small market town and known for its picturesque views overlooking Derwentwater.
If you’re after a town steeped in history, then venture to the very tip of the Northern Lakes to Cockermouth. It may have a larger population than Keswick, but much of its medieval heritage remains untouched.
Walking through the fields in the North, you may come across ponies running wild. Don’t be alarmed, they haven’t escaped but are as much of the landscape as the endangered red squirrels. There are also ponies that are looked after by local farmers, making organised pony rides in the Lake District a great experience.
Those of you wishing to venture even further afield, travel outside of the Lake District and you will soon reach Hadrian’s Wall. It’s a common misconception that the famous wall forms the England/Scotland border, however, this is not the case.
Although that said if you did want a day out the other side of the wall, it won’t take you too much longer to reach Carlisle Castle.
If you’re staying in the South don’t worry. You can easily reach the North via trains from Windermere or by taking a scenic drive.
South Lake District
The esteemed author Alfred Wainwright MBE spent much of his life in the Southern Lakes. One of his many quotes on the region still rings true: “All Lakeland is exquisitely beautiful, the Southern Fells just happen to be a bit of heaven fallen upon the earth”.
There is so much to do in the south of the Lake District, in particular, surrounding Lake Windermere. It’s the largest body of water in the National Heritage Park and a popular location for tourists. Check into a boutique spa hotel in Windermere and you can discover why for yourself. You can join a number of lake cruises, hire a boat or take part in local water sports.
If you want to stay on dry land, the South of the Lake District is perfect for those waterside walks. Then there’s Scaffell Pike, England’s highest mountain. Here you can go hiking for the day, conquer the mountain and take in the views of rural England.
Where to stay in the North or South of the Lake District
With a hotel near Lake Windermere as your base, you can take the Steam Boat Gondola along Coniston Water. Bars and restaurants in the South are in abundance too, perfect for somewhere to relax or indulge in great food.
Then back to your spa suite and you can jump in the hot tub. Afterwards, crash out in your cinema room or make the most of other spa treatments available.
If you decide to say in the South Lake District, book a room in a luxurious spa hotel with your own hot tub.