Many of us look forward to going on holiday every once in awhile, giving us the chance to relax, unwind, and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
And, more and more people are choosing to spend their holiday in their home country rather than going abroad. In fact, 75% of Brits were planning a staycation this year, with the UK hospitality industry seeing an 8.3% increased turnover in the first half of 2017.
Not only can a staycation save you money, it can also cut down on travelling times, help you to experience British culture and history, and help support the UK tourist industry.
Here, we’ve found five reasons why you should choose a staycation in the Lake District over a holiday abroad.
Where else to start but with the most famous characteristic of all? The Lake District is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, with challenging peaks, windswept fells, and beautiful lakes all jostling for position.
This ever-changing and magical terrain provides a stunning backdrop to any holiday, and can beat a bland beach scene every time!
Many people think a staycation means you’re missing out on some of life’s greatest adventures.
However, the Lakes have a whole multitude of activities on offer, from the every day through to the daredevil. Whether you spend your days climbing some of the highest peaks in England, try your hand at some caving, or take in the local breweries, you can find just as much adventure on your doorstep as you can abroad.
This guide by the Lake District National Park has some great suggestions for things to see and do on your holiday in the area.
Lots of accommodation
As it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, the region has a wide range of accommodation on offer.
Boutique hotels, like the Lake District Country Hotels, can rival any overseas resort, offering a taste of luxury and relaxation in the hills of the Lakes. For those looking for something more outdoorsy, glamping or log cabins can provide a great taste of the Cumbrian countryside.
The Lake District can also offer a great foodie experience. With three Michelin starred restaurants and lots of delicacies on offer, including Cumberland sausage, Herdwick lamb, and the famous Grasmere Gingerbread, a staycation allows you to discover real, great tasting British food.
Whether you choose a fine dining experience like L’Enclume or opt for one of the more traditional pubs, you can indulge your senses with lots of great dishes.
One of the main reasons people go abroad is to experience another culture. What many don’t know, however, is that the Lake District is steeped in culture just waiting to be discovered.
Famous for its romantic poets, like Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, as well as later literary figures such as John Ruskin, Beatrix Potter, and Arthur Ransome, the Lakes has produced some notable figures in British history.
You can find museums, houses, and attractions dedicated to these figures, as well as a chance to experience the countryside that provided much of their inspiration.
So, we hope this has provided you with some inspiration for your next staycation in the Lakes!