Welcome to your personal and friendly guide to the English Lake District!
(The picture above is the view from
Summit, courtesy of Andrew Leaney)
We're different because we know the Lakes
inside out - we've been regular visitors for over 40 years. We've built
up a detailed knowledge of the best places to stay, the best
restaurants, the finest cafes and bars, the most attractive and
delightful walks (whether you want to climb a mountain or stroll along
the edge of one of the beautiful lakes), the most exciting and fun-filled family
activities and attractions, and even the best shops in the district! You
the menus in the left and right columns to navigate around the site; and
please send us
feedback on accommodation, events, and any other items of interest! You
can contact us at rod"at"lake-district-guides.co.uk (replace "at" with @)
- Best wishes to you all, from your Lake District Guides, Rod & Helen.
Where would you go if you wanted to see the
classic Lakeland view, the one that sums up everything about the English
Or if you were buying outdoor gear, where would you go for
great personal service and advice - from experts who really know what they're talking about? What about
eating out? Who's in and who's out of fashion? Where can you go for
the best pub food? Or an
exquisite gourmet treat? And how can you find the most comfortable and enjoyable
accommodation - the place to stay that exactly suits you and your needs? You'd like a romantic weekend away or you just have to have king-size beds? No problem!
We have the answers to these and all your other questions - saving you hours looking around, avoiding disappointment, and simply giving you the best holiday experience you can have!
The Lakes attracts many thousands of
people every year, yet the region retains its beauty, charm and
tranquillity. You can easily find yourself alone among some of the finest
mountain scenery in Europe, or you can explore the beautiful
valleys and little towns with a host of exciting restaurants, cafes,
shops and galleries.
Whether you want to
trek the high passes of the Lakeland mountains, take a weekend break, or plan a fun day out, we can give you the ideas you need to make any Lakeland trip a rip-roaring success!
You can choose where to go in the Lakes -
and, of course, on this website - by clicking on one of the links in the
left hand column, or you can take a short cut to see our favourite Lake
District places and pastimes in our exciting, handy and time-saving "Top Ten" feature to the
right of this page.
So which of the Lakes
will you visit first? The bustling little towns of Bowness, Ambleside
and Windermere offer shops, restaurants, cinemas, and just about everything that everyone in the family could want. You could cruise slowly and
sedately down the length of Windermere in a vintage steamer, stride out from Ambleside on a 20 km (14 mile) trek across 7 high peaks, or sit and watch the swans feeding at Bowness Bay.
Or maybe you'd prefer to visit Coniston, a beautiful and tranquil village with walks through the ancient copper mining districts to the top of Coniston Old Man, where you're rewarded with truly amazing views down to the Lake. Once you're back at lake level, you can visit the home of John Ruskin, anthropologist and social reformer, at Brantwood, and feel the
tranquillity of his ancient lake-side home.
Esthwaite Water offers you the chance of some trout fishing and a visit to the enchanting village of Hawkshead, with its tiny streets, charming pubs and delicious Lakeland treats from the local delicatessen.
On the other hand, Keswick is the archetypal Lakes' market town, much unchanged for hundreds of years, and it's the perfect base for seeing the sheer, unsurpassed wild beauty of the Northern Lake District. And Bassenthwaite Lake, Crummock Water, and Derwentwater may be just about the most beautiful places in England.
We'd like to hear and read about your
experiences. Email us and tell us what you enjoyed and what you didn't -
we especially want to hear about your experiences in hotels and
We truly hope you find as much happiness and
pleasure in the Lakes as we've had over the years, and perhaps we'll meet
at the top of the Langdale Pikes one day.......or wherever. Meanwhile, the
Lakes are yours to enjoy!
Rod & Helen
PS: We list many hotels in every price range,
with personal recommendations and observations. If you find a hotel that
deserves to be on the list, please let us know! Wanting to stay in a Lakes
The finest selection of cottages to rent is
Lake District Cottages
- they have properties for all sizes of groups
in all areas of the Lakes.
One of our good friends, Candy Verney,
offers superb singing holidays in the UK. Over the course of a week or
longer, she builds community, offers a relaxing and friendly experience,
and provides the opportunity to find your voice on
singing holidays in
Scotland, staying in some of the most wild and beautiful places in
An email: Hi Rod, please
see photo I recently took on top of great gable on the 19th May.
Overlooking Kirk Fell and Pillar in the background. Could this be used
on your website? It was taken during a very windy wild camp last week.
As I haven't sent any of my pictures off before, it would be a good
confidence boost towards my photography! Cheers, Chris.
Happy to post such an
inspiring picture....(click to see the full size version!)
Helvellyn by Nigel Wilkins - see more of his stunning Lakes landscape
photography here: www.nigelwilkinsphotography.com
Why Not Do Something Different?
If you fancy trying something different on
your holiday, Kendal Mountaineering Services provide bespoke
adventurous activities and outdoor training courses in the English Lake
This company has an established record of
offering memorable and at the same time - value for money experiences of
all kinds to suit all ages and abilities in every area of the Lake
District. They offer anything from a half day of activities to a full day
depending on what you want to do. All the courses are tailor made to suit
your requirements and this is probably their unique selling point.
Moreover, they will design a suitable program for all ages, and
all sizes of groups. All people - from individuals to large groups - are
welcome, and discounts apply to groups booking above the minimum numbers. What they
offer is as follows:
Half day activities (£45 per person, minimum 2
Half day activities can be combined to make a
Canoeing, Kayaking, Ghyll scrambling,
Canyoning, Abseiling, Introduction to rock climbing, Orienteering, Team
Full day activities (Price depending on
activity minimum £70 per person. Minimum group size - 2 people)
Caving days introductory (level 1trip),
Caving days advanced (level 2 trip), Lake District Classic Rock
Multi-pitch climbing days (guided), Guided Lake District Classic
Scrambles, Guided mountain walking days, Winter skills days,
Hen days, Stag days, Corporate Events.
Outdoor skills training courses (prices start at £75 per person, per
day - depending on course.
(One on one tuition is available
for outdoor skills training courses. Prices start at £135.00 per day.)
Navigation skills training courses (1 or 2 day
courses), Introduction to rock climbing, Learning to lead rock climbing,
Improvised rescue techniques for rock climbers, Learning to lead
scrambling course, Winter skills courses (2 days),
Winter climbing days.
To make a booking or find out more, please
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01539 737332 or
mobile 07761 483364. Additional information can be found at
www.kendalmountaineeringservices.co.uk where you can also see
what theyve been up to on
Hotels in the Lake District - a useful
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Many of the images at the
top of the pages on this website are from
Andrew Leaney's website: www.leaney.org This is a highly enjoyable website with many
of Andrew's walks and photographs.
places Other sites
London Visitor Guide
Thinking of a holiday in
More Lakes walks can be found
here. You can also go here for many
more Lake District walks.
And the latest mountain walks are here.