Destination in Review: The Lake District
It’s easy to think London when you think of the UK, but the capital, as vibrant as it is, is not the be all and end all of the United Kingdom. The Lake District is an amazing example of this.
The Lake District is a pretty big jewel in the crown of the UK. Located in the county of Cumbria and home to some of the most stunning views of nature that you will see anywhere in the world, you cannot fail to be moved by its magical mountains, lovely lakes (which are, for the most part, not officially lakes at all - they’re tarns, meres and waters) and unique wildlife. Travellers visit the region in their millions every year for hiking, climbing, sailing and relaxation. Here are a few reasons why you might want to join them:
Why You Should Explore the Lake District
The Beauty of Nature
We touched upon it above, but it’s worth mentioning again the beauty of nature you will come across in the Lake District. If sweeping landscapes, punctuated by rolling hills, rugged mountains and beautiful wildflower-filled meadows is your thing, the Lake District won’t disappoint. Some of the area’s most loved beauty spots include the Castlerigg Stone Circle, which is thought to date back to the year 3000 BC, the village of Grasmere, which is as picturesque a village as you are ever likely to see, and Tarn Hows which was gifted to the National Trust by none other than Beatrix Potter herself, and which is a relaxing place to walk, being that it is flat and easily accessible to everyone from experienced hikers to disabled visitors.
The Cumbrian people are known for being a friendly bunch, and should you decide to spend some time on a working holiday in the Lake District, you will be treated to some of the best hospitality of your life. Whether you need to ask for directions or you want to shoot the breeze in one of the many quaint local pubs, you’ll always find a friendly ear. Once they hear your accent, you probably won’t need to buy a drink all night because the Cumbrians love to get to know Aussies and Kiwis away from home. You’ll be welcomed into the close-knit community before you know it!
Fabulous Local Produce
The Lake District and surrounding areas are home to lots of farms and food production companies, which means that you never have you go far to sample amazing local produce lovingly crafted by artisans who are passionate about the food they put on your plate.
Local delicacies include Cumberland sausage, Grasmere gingerbread, The Lakes Distillery Gin, and of course, Kendal Mint Cake.
The pub grub is great, but if you’re looking for something a bit fancier to enjoy on your gap year, you’ll be pleased to know that the Lake District is home to several Michelin starred restaurants, including L’Enclume, Cavendish Street in Cartmel and The Forest Side Hotel in Grasmere.
Quaint Country Pubs
Whether the Lake District really excels (apart from the fabulous scenery) is with its pubs, which means it’s never hard to find good UK pub jobs there, especially in the summer. There is an abundance of cosy country pubs to be found dotted around the county offering up, in many cases, numerous real ales, local ciders and gins, and all of the usual stuff you’d expect to find. Oh, and the pub lunches, which are always hearty, are to die for too.
The best pubs to check out include Wasdale Head Inn, which offers up amazing mountain views, and The Eltermere Inn near Ambleside, which retains many original features dating back to the 18th Century.
Of course, the Lake District is the perfect place for adrenaline junkies to play during their working holiday. As well as mountain climbing, there are attractions like Go Ape!, Gyroscope experience days, and countless watersports available to help you get your kicks.
However, if peace nd tranquillity is more your thing, the Lake District is also a good choice. It’s really easy to leave the hubbub of the towns and villages to find some quiet space where you can relax and recharge in the beauty of nature. Just make sure that you pack for all eventualities, as although the Lake District can be enjoyed in all-weathers the changeable nature of the climate means that you do need to be prepared to make the most of it.
As you can see, the Lake District is an amazing place to spend time, whether for work or pleasure. Even if you aren’t doing anything in particular, you will always have the stunning views of the area to keep you smiling.