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Explore the Lake District

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Our Inspire and Explore articles have been created in association with a host of Lake District experts to offer the ultimate guide to holidays in the Lakes. Find things to do for the family, the best places to go, things to do, a host of fine dining recommendations and a few surprises.

Best bike rides in the Lake District

Some say the Lake District was made for cycling with extreme off-road mountain biking to gentle country lanes, cross country routes as well as the Lake District Cycling Loop. Bike hire in the Lake District can be found in most areas including electric bikes which could be a good idea; mountain biking in the Lake District can be a bit more enjoyable with a bit of assistance! We have picked a variety of the more popular routes to inspire you.

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Best walks in the Lake District

One of the really special things about this UNESCO National Park is the wonderful choice of Lake District walks; there really is something to suit everyone! Whether you prefer a gentle waterside ramble or strenuous mountain climb you’ll find yourself at famous locations, as well as hidden away gems, amidst stunning landscapes. There is so much to discover as well as rich and diverse nature and wildlife to look out for throughout all the four seasons.

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Exploring the Lakes - Day 1

We set off from Kirkby Lonsdale in South Lakeland early in the morning. The small market town is just a short distance to the glorious green landscapes of the Lakes, and it’s not long before we encounter one of the region’s most notable features…

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Exploring the Lakes - Day 2

Our good fortune continues into Day 2 of our Lakes exploration: with searing summer heat and blue skies greeting us as we stop off at Sizergh Barn for breakfast on the way to Windermere.

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Fine Dining

The Lake District isn’t short of perfect places to eat. Whether you’re looking for a Michelin starred meal for two, hearty pub grub in glorious surroundings, ornate tea for two or a quick pit stop as you make your way from one gorgeous location to another – you will find a wealth of wonderful choice.

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Fun for the Family

The Lakes are a perennial holiday favourite: the fresh air; the endless views and the abundance of nature combine to make the Lake District on of the most romantic and peaceful place in the UK. So, not the sort of place to bring your kids, right? Wrong.

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Literary Locations

Celebrated for its vast and awesome bodies of water surrounded by majestic fells, Lakeland’s other claim to worldwide fame are the writers and luminaries, who were excited and influenced by its wonderful landscapes.

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As Seen on the Big Screen

The Lake District has played host to a number of big screen productions, from fantasy and family films to classic comedies and chillers. Take a look at our Lakes’ film location guide to follow in their footsteps.

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The Best Bars and Pubs in the Lakes

There’s a proud tradition of innkeeping right across the majestic Lake District, and the growing popularity of craft beers and artisan spirits makes this a great time to sample that tradition for yourself.

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The Great British Lake Off

There’s nowhere quite like the Lake District: a breathtaking region offering some of the country’s finest and most iconic views. This is a place where gorgeous lakes occupy centre stage, surrounded by the scooped out valleys, famous fells and imposing peaks of this deservedly popular National Park.

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The Lakes and Cumbria’s Loveliest Locations

Make some memories where majestic mountains meet shimmering lakes. The South and Central Lakes are an ideal base to explore the National Park and beyond. Cumbria Tourism offer their expert insight on some of the best and most beautiful Lake District locations to visit.

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