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Western Lake District Top 5

The allure of the Lake District is undeniable. But within this sprawling National Park, the Western Lakes offer a concentrated dose of everything that makes the region so special. Here, we unveil the Western Lake District top 5 experiences in this awe-inspiring corner of England:

Summit Scafell Pike

No trip to the Western Lakes is complete without conquering England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike. This challenging hike rewards you with unparalleled panoramic vistas.

https://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/things-to-do/walking/routes-and-maps/routes-and-maps2/map-8

Wild Swim in Wastwater

Float beneath the towering crags of Wastwater, England’s deepest lake, keeping an eye out for resident wildlife like red kites and ospreys soaring overhead. If swimming isn’t your thing, explore the lake’s edge on foot. Wastwater offers a variety of hiking trails for all abilities, allowing you to experience the lake’s beauty at your own pace.

https://westernlakedistrict.com/wild-swimming-need-to-know-information/

Explore Muncaster Castle

Step back in time at Muncaster Castle, a formidable medieval fortress with beautifully manicured gardens. Meet the castle’s legendary ghosts (or perhaps not!), and delve into its fascinating history. Muncaster Castle also hosts a multitude of family friendly events throughout the year. 

https://www.muncaster.co.uk/

Embrace The Wild

Lose yourself in the tranquility of Duddon Valley, a walker’s paradise. Breathe in the fresh air as you meander along riverside paths, following the course of the Duddon River. Hike up one of the many surrounding fells, like Dow Crag or Harter Fell, for panoramic views of the sprawling valley. The Duddon Valley offers a slower pace, perfect for reconnecting with nature and unwinding amidst breathtaking scenery.

https://www.alltrails.com/en-gb/trail/england/cumbria/duddon-valley

Ride The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Take a nostalgic journey on a charming steam train through the Eskdale Valley. This delightful railway offers a unique perspective of the captivating landscape, chugging past quaint villages and quintessential Lakeland scenery. After your train ride, delve deeper into the Eskdale Valley by exploring its charming villages, like Santforth, a traditional Lakeland village known for its traditional pub, The Boot Inn.

https://ravenglass-railway.co.uk/

Bonus: For a taste of the coast, head to one of the areas many dog-friendly beaches. Relax on the sandy shores, take a refreshing dip in the Irish Sea and watch the sun set on the horizon. 

The Western Lake District promises an unforgettable adventure, packed with stunning scenery, historical intrigue, outdoor thrills, and charming villages. So pack your bags, lace up your walking boots, and get ready to discover the magic of this captivating region.

Base yourself at Damson Cottage (sleeps 6 + 3 dogs) or Hodbarrow House (sleeps 2), both promising a comfortable place to rest your head after a day of exploring.

 

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