The Lake District is consistently voted the UK’s best holiday destination and it really is a remarkable corner of north-west England, one that seems to have a disproportionate share of grandeur, beauty, iconic images and national affection.
It doesn’t just have England’s highest mountain (Scafell Pike), largest (Windermere) and deepest (Wastwater) lakes; it’s also deeply rooted in the English psyche. Few English people couldn’t recite the first few lines of William Wordsworth’s classic; “I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils…” written on the banks of Ullswater lake.
But there are additional subliminal influences from classic childhood stories, set in the Lake District. The lovable Beatrix Potter characters – Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy Winkle, Tom Kitten et al; the Swallows and Amazons adventures of Arthur Ramsome or the classic television series about Postman Pat by John Cunliffe.
Walking, climbing or just admiring the fells and messing about in boats are the main reason people visit the Lakes and there are short walks or strenuous whole day scrambles.
And as Wordworth's poem ends …“In vacant or in pensive mood, They (lakes & fells) flash upon that inward eye”… meaning that no matter where you are the unforgettable sights and memories of the Lake District will be with you forever.