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More than 8 million visitors flock to Lake District attractions every year but – and whisper it quietly – many of them never set foot on fell, crag or bluff. So what on earth are they all doing?
Inspirational art and literature, 4 Michelin starred restaurants (and a whole host of excellent eateries besides) a wealth of history and quirky, independent shops. You don’t have to be a keen climber or walker to find Lake District attractions to take your breath away.
And yet the mountains cast a pretty big shadow over the Lake District, both literally and figuratively. It can be easy to overlook the other Lake District attractions when the key ones – the lakes and mountains – are quite so awe inspiring.
But if you need a break from the climbing (or if you didn’t start climbing in the first place), then why not explore beyond the obvious Grasmere and Windermere attractions (Wordsworth: check. Beatrix Potter: check) and find the Lake District attractions you might not have been expecting.
Ask at your hotel or check with your nearest Tourist Information office to find details of (and directions to) Lake District and Windermere attractions that range from galleries to gardens, wildlife parks to windsurfing and stately homes to swinging through the forest on zip wires.
And if even those Lake District and Windermere attractions sound a touch too strenuous then why not take a casual stroll (with plenty of stops for coffee) around the towns of the Lake District: Bowness, Windermere, Grasmere, Ambleside, Keswick, Carlisle and Kendal?
In fact, whatever your idea of the perfect break, there are Lake District attractions to suit you. And you don’t even have to own a pair of walking boots to enjoy most of them.
Author Bio: Storrs Gate House is the perfect Lake District bed and breakfast for exploring Lake District attractions. Whether discovering galleries, sampling great food or tackling the most demanding Lake District walks: whatever your ideal break, enjoy it more at the award winning Storrs Gate House.
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So good I've lost track of the date! We've had the most brilliant week and are planning our return. Thank you to our excellent hosts.
Alan and Rachel, West Malling, Kent