If you’re heading the Lake District for a break, you’ll no doubt be familiar with the main tourist hot spots and the more well-trodden paths, but if you’re looking for something a little bit different you may be wondering where to head that isn’t quite so popular.
With that in mind, we thought we’d bring you four of our favourite best-kept secrets of the Lake District that are well worth paying a visit to during your next stay in the area!
For fantastic views across Lake Windermere, head to Claife Viewing Station which is not too far from the ferry to Bowness. The viewing station has been there since the 1800s, but was recently reopened to visitors by the National Trust and features beautiful coloured glass panels which represent the different seasons.
There is also a lovely cosy cafe where you can pop in to grab refreshments, such as tea and cake. Perfect for unwinding or recharging after the climb!
For luxurious accommodation in beautiful surroundings, look no further than Broadoaks Country House Hotel near Windermere. Perfectly located to be just close enough to where the action is, yet still secluded and tranquil, so the ideal spot to relax and get away from it all.
With a river rushing by outside, and a fire crackling in the lounge, Broadoaks is certainly a cosy place to stay, and the period furniture really adds to the charm of the place.
There is a spa for a spot of pampering, and a restaurant serving gourmet food with a French twist! Perfect for romantic getaways, weddings, or just a weekend away in a beautiful area.
If you love wild swimming, then Tongue Pot Waterfalls is well worth a visit during the warmer months. This beautiful area of the Lake District is a favourite with those looking to take a dip when the weather allows.
Tongue Pot forms a pool underneath the waterfall that is 5m deep, so perfect for jumping into. It is part of a series of pools, with Kail Pot below being shallower and more secluded for those who wish to just chill out and enjoy the water.
This relatively short walk is one of the best walks for those who want a spectacular view but don’t have a lot of time. The walk starts from the Gummer’s How picnic area, rather than the shore of Lake Windermere, and takes a mere 40 minutes or so.
There are often cattle, so the path can get rather muddy, but there is no climbing involved and this is an easy walk suitable for all.
This fell is only 1,053 ft at the summit, but the views over Windermere are absolutely spectacular, particularly at sunset or sunrise.
We hope this has given you some inspiration for where to go and what to do on your next trip to the Lake District to really make the most of the area and explore more.