The Lake District is one of my favourite destinations in the UK. I love the breathtaking views, the wide range of outdoor activities available and the beautiful camping spots dotted around.
On this occasion, we camped just outside Keswick (the hub for outdoor pursuits in the Lake District) at the beautifully situated and conveniently located Castlerigg Hall Caravan & Camping Park. Our pitch had stunning views whichever way you looked, the pitches were a generous size and the facilities were very good. It was also only a pleasant 30 minute walk into the centre of Keswick.
The majority of our weekend was spent walking and enjoying the views from the top of fells such as Cat Bells and Latrigg. There are so many great walks to do around Keswick, but we chose relatively easy ascents as Freya had limited experience on steeper, more uneven terrain such as that at the top of Scafell Pike. (During our previous ascent of Scafell Pike a few years earlier, the fog descended rapidly and by the time we reached the top we could only see about a metre ahead, so we were denied the incredible views we had heard so much about! But we will return and try again…)
The highlight of our weekend was a fantastic morning canoe trip on Derwentwater with Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft. The weather was warm and sunny, our guide and fellow canoeists were a friendly bunch, and we spent a lovely three hours paddling round the lake and enjoying the spectacular views. We had only done a little canoeing before this, as had most of our group, so the trip was done at a fairly leisurely pace.
The rest of the weekend was spent in Keswick itself, browsing around the many outdoor shops, eating ice creams and picnicking by the lake (accompanied by hundreds of very well-fed ducks!). Whilst you are in Keswick, make time to visit the fantastic George Fisher shop – it has all the outdoor clothing, equipment and books you could ever want! It also has a lovely café on the top floor (with a view of course!) which uses locally sourced products.
Whilst we were only there for the weekend this time, you can easily spend much longer here, exploring the lovely villages, enjoying the many activities available and admiring the lake and mountain views.
If you want spectacular scenery and enjoy outdoor activities (and even if you don’t), the Lake District is hard to beat…