The Lake District

The Lakes is our favourite destination for day trips. At around 2 hours drive from Durham to the edge of the National Park, we're very lucky to have such stunning landscapes so close. The walking's harder work than the rolling Dales, Cheviots or Moors, with lots of steep climbs, but you're well rewarded for your exertions at the top.

The National Park, established in 1951, boasts 60 of the 67 English mountains over 2500ft (762m), England's highest mountain (Scafell Pike, 986m (3235ft), England's deepest and longest lakes (Wastwater, 74m and Windermere, 10.5 miles) and the wettest inhabited place in England (Seathwaite, with an annual rainfall of 3552mm or, in old money, 11.7 inches per month!).

Despite its reputation for high rainfall, the Lakes is a very popular tourist destination, attracting over 15 million people a year, who spend almost £1bn in the region. While near the main tourist honeypots it can feel very busy, a short walk takes you away from the crowds into the idyllic mountainous country. The Lake District's variety is part of its appeal; a day's walk can take you along a lakeside, through some ancient deciduous woodland, up a bleak, deserted valley to a windy ridge then on to the summit of a mountain with 360° views.

Crummock Water and Buttermere from Red Pike

Lake District Destinations