The Lake District – Where Nature Is At Her Best
In the urban jungle of modern cities, it is not easy to find huge tracts of greenery and scenic beauty where one can retreat to enjoy the pleasures of cool natural beauty. However the Lake District National Park is one such exception that covers about 875 sq miles and has been widely regarded to possess amazing natural beauty and ideal for those who wish to go trekking.
This particular stretch of nature’s bounty seems to have it all. You can find sixteen lakes, mountains, woodlands and fells. Each of the lakes has their own distinct character and is surrounded by a wonderful backdrop of hills. The area hosts the largest lake of England – the Lake Windermere as well as the deepest one – the Waste Water. Though the mountains here are not very tall in comparison to other similar landscapes in the world, they still offer an amazing network of pathways and routes that are an absolute delight for hikers, walkers and trekkers. Scafell Pike is one such fall that is a must visit along with Helvellyn as well as Great Gable due to the magnificent views you can get.
But the principal attraction remains the pathways for walking. Despite the fact that over time, some of the scenery has undergone a change due to development by way of farming, the lakes as well as the fells that have been carved out through erosion of the glaciers still present an awesome sight. History tells us that it was the occupation of Norse during 900AD that led to destruction of some of the forests in order to produce coal and some of the terms used in this region such as ‘tarn’ for a lake or ‘thwaite’ to refer to an opening in the woods are the legacies of their rule. You can still get an idea of how things were during those times by looking at the stone walls that appeared during those times and still cover the fell sides.
The Lake District is apt for a romantic getaway and the many isolated guest houses adorning the area provide for a perfect setting. You can also find hotels and all of them do brisk business, indicating the tremendous popularity of the place. The cute narrow-gauge train running between the Eskdale and Ravenglass stations also takes you back in time.
As mentioned, this place is appropriate for those who are looking to spend a holiday amidst nature and do not particularly want the conveniences of a typical pub or restaurant associated with urban life. The local food is the attraction here with roast lamb along with Cumberland sausage being the pick. The lakes offer a pleasant boating experience and you can also catch some Borrowdale trout if you are lucky.
For those who are young and restless, the bed and breakfast accommodation arrangement here including Holiday Parks in Lake District, along with the many hostels, camping barns and camping sites would be just right. The trip would suit the budget and would be a wonderful way to enjoy nature at its best.