Famous for its associations with Wordsworth, Wainwright and the much-loved children's author, Beatrix Potter, The English Lake District is home to some of the UK's most famous landmarks including beautiful Lake Windermere and England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike. There are plenty of opportunities for fell walking including in the Western Fells which offer views over Wast Water, England's deepest lake or at Helvellyn with routes starting from beautiful Patterdale at the southern point of Ullswater. If you wish to see the scenery in a more leisurely fashion, you can take a steam train ride between the foothills of Scafell to the Cumbrian coast which takes you through seven miles of wonderful lakeland scenery. The Northern Lake District offers easy access to other famous attractions including Hadrian's Wall and there are plenty of scenic coastal walks and pleasant beaches to enjoy along the Cumbrian coast which are ideal for days out. Search out website for a great choice of B&Bs in some of the Lake District's prettiest locations including Windermere Village, Keswick, Kendal or Penrith for easy access to all of this picturesque National Park's natural attractions. Look out for ones with extra facilities for walkers including drying rooms or outdoor gear storage and plenty of Lake District B&Bs accept pets at an extra charge.
Enjoy beautiful lakeland views or explore the famous Beatrix Potter attractions when staying at a welcoming Windermere bed and breakfast. The train station provides easy access into the picturesque village which is full of attractive boutique shops and there are plenty of period guest houses close by to choose from. Head down the hill to Bowness-on-Windermere for a choice of B&Bs close to the scenic boat trips which can take you out across the lake or you could also stay at a well appointed guest house in Ambleside to be close to the charming restaurants and bistros at the northern end of Lake Windermere and nearby Grasmere.
Take the short drive westwards to explore the peaceful scenery around Coniston Water with walks including up one of the Lake District's most recognisable fells, Coniston Man. Alternatively, enjoy woodland walks or cycle rides in adjacent Grizedale Forest which is home to a high ropes adventure course - perfect for a day out with the kids. A short drive east of Lake Windermere brings you to the pretty riverside town of Kendal which is also home to numerous attractive B&Bs where you can enjoy a relaxing break.
Easily accessible from both the Cumbrian coast and M6 motorway, The Northern Lake District is home to the famous waters of Derwentwater and Ullswater. A bed and breakfast in Keswick or Penrith is ideal for exploring this beautiful area which also incorporates scenic walks in Whinlatter Forest Park, Catbells and Blencathra. You could also book a stay at a well appointed guest house in Cockermouth for easy access to both the coast at Maryport and Workington and the lakeland scenery of Bassenthwaite Lake which lies just to the east. The A66 makes exploring the Northern Lakes very easy and Penrith is home to Junction 40 of the M6 motorway plus a mainline train station with services to Carlisle in the North and Oxenholme near Kendal to the South.
The western Lake District is particularly popular with walkers being home to the Honister Pass, Ennerdale Forest, Borrowdale and the famous peaks of Scafell Pike and Great Gable. A welcoming B&B close to beautiful Wast Water or Buttermere offers the ideal base for walkers exploring this beautiful area or families wanting easy access to the scenic beaches of the Cumbrian Coast. The Ravenglass to Eskdale Steam Railway can let you explore the area the easy way and takes you through seven miles of stunning Lakeland scenery between the foot of the Scafell range to the pretty Cumbrian coast. A great day out for the whole family!
Whether you are arriving by public transport or just want a scenic day out, the Cumbrian Coast Train Line runs from Barrow in Furness all the way up the coast to Carlisle and makes exploring this beautiful area very simple. Stay in a welcoming B&B in Grange over Sands or Ulverston for easy access the the southern Cumbrian beaches or head northwards to stay at a guest house in Whitehaven to be close to St Bees Head, Workington and Maryport. Right at the top of the Cumbrian coast, a B&B in nearby Carlisle not only offers easy access to the Solway Coast but also scenic walks in the nearby Hadrian's Wall area - the perfect base for exploring both the coast and countryside of Northern Cumbria.