What is the best way to visit England’s countryside?

When you think of England’s countryside, the first thought that comes into many heads is The Lake District. A unique corner of England, it’s easily the most scenic place in the United Kingdom.

This summer we’re experiencing lots of beautiful sunshine in England’s Countryside, so we thought we’d show our lovely readers our favourite ways to travel this beautiful, World Heritage Site. Should this be by car, boat, bicycle, bus, train, through the trees or walking!

Whatever the weather, however you travel, the Lake District. It’s always a pleasure travelling England’s adventure playground.

TRAVEL BY BOAT, with WindermereCanoeKayak

Firstly, you have to see England’s biggest Lake and what better way to do that than by Canoe or Kayak. Located within the unique & mountainous setting of England’s Countryside just twenty minutes from the M6 is the Windermerecanoekayak company.

As well as Canoes and Kayaks, visitors of the Lakes can sail across by stand-up-paddleboards, or view the stunning hillsides by Hybrid Bikes or Mountain Bikes.

Bring the family, enjoy Lake Windermere, create memories and show the rest of the UK why Cumbria is such a unique place to visit.

Star Rating:☆☆☆☆☆
Website: https://www.windermerecanoekayak.com/

CLIMB THE TREES, with TreeTopNets

Imagine giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels all made from netting. Now picture this suspended up to 40ft off the ground in the tree canopy and you’ll have the right idea.

A great way to spend a day out with the family, children and adults can all enjoy an exciting playground and treetop nets.

It’s worth a note, Windermere’s Treetop Nets was the first in the UK to be designed to offer an amazing and adventurous way for both children and adults to play up high in the trees. Unlike traditional high ropes courses, you’ll be completely surrounded by 3m high walls of netting which means you are always safe and therefore you do not need harnesses.

Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Website: https://www.treetopnets.co.uk/

Here’s a sneak peek into what a TreeTop Net experience looks like in Manchester (Very similar to Brockhole) Watch the video below!

 

SAIL ACROSS,  Coniston Water

The most popular way to explore Coniston Water is by one of their Gondola Cruises! Travel across this unique corner of the UK aboard one of the oldest steam yachts in the North of England.

All aboard! Travel with friends, family, your loved one or the little ones and begin your 45-minute
voyage from Coniston Pier, towards Coniston Hall, the Coniston Fells and Brantwood.

Come back, time and time again and enjoy a unique experience every time as there are 10 different
and unique steam yachts to step aboard on!

Feeling adventurous? Why not seek a more personal day out and hire a motorboat, canoe, paddle boards, sailing boat, kayak or rowing boat for a scenic view across one of the most beautiful waters in the Lakes!

Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/steam-yacht-gondola

See a day on the Gondola by watching the video below.

Climbing Scafell Pike is a serious undertaking and should not be underestimated. Whichever route you take, it’s a tough, steep hike which involves scrambling over hard terrain. However, conquering it is a great achievement and

Planning and preparation are key whatever the season – there could be high winds, rain, snow, extreme cold or poor visibility. So, check the mountain forecast, have the right clothing and equipment and know how to use it.

It’s not only England’s highest mountain but also our highest war memorial, given to the National Trust in memory of those who died in WW1 so that people would have the freedom to enjoy the mountains

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Website:https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wasdale/features/enjoying-englands-highest-mountain—scafell-pike-in-wasdale

Learn more about the great walk up Scafell Pike by watching the video below!

WALK AROUND, Brockhole Gardens

Visit the Brockhole visitor centre and explore 30 acres of stunning gardens. Whatever time you choose to visit, the gardens are always a delight to the eyes. Take a stroll around the grounds, visit the lake,  enjoy the lakeshore.

The gardens are home to a wide variety of birds and wildlife and are open all year. Although, depending on the season you can walk along the terraces to see dazzling displays of camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons filling the air with delicate fragrances. The terrace enjoys a beautiful view of the Langdale Pikes, Pike of Stickle and Harrison Stickle, two of the most well known Lake District mountains.

Star Rating ☆☆☆☆
Website: http://www.brockhole.co.uk/attractions/gardens-and-grounds/

An insight into Brokehole on Windermere!

TAKE A BUS TOUR, via Mountain Goat!

One of the most popular ways to explore England’s countryside is via bus! And whilst there are many tours to take, Mountain Goat are the most popular as well as one of the best!

Since 1972, Mountain Goat won a variety of award-winning guided tours that reach every corner of the National Park. Departure areas include Ambleside, Bowness, Grasmere, Kendal, Keswick and Windermere. However, Mountain Goat also offers a Private Hire service from any location in the UK. Including tours to Hadrian’s Wall and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

This summer visitors can take their pick from 10 exciting guided tours. Including, 10 lakes spectacular, the high adventure, Beatrix potter’s favourite countryside, the lake district loop and more!

Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Website https://www.mountain-goat.com/

Take a look at Mountain Goat’s 10 Lakes Spectacular in the video below!

TRAVEL BY TRAIN, through the West Lakes.

The  “La’al Ratty” as it’s locally known or The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, is one of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England and great fun for all the family. That includes the kids, the parents and the dog!

Step onto a covered or open top carriage and venture on toward a 7-mile journey from the heart of the Eskdale valley. All aboard! Your adventure begins in Ravenglass before passing over the estuary, through the hills, past seven request stops, all the way to the Roman port of Ravenglass.

Your journey ends at Dalegarth-for-Boot station, where’s there really is something to do for everyone! Enjoy a range of shopping facilities, a museum to explore, adventure playgrounds to conquer. As well as plenty of places to eat and drink. There’s free Wi-Fi, plenty of trails and walks to discover in this beautiful corner of the Lake District National Park.

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

Take a look at the La’al Ratty below!

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