Dream Destinations: The Lake District

The Lake District

By Emma Dodd

As lockdown starts to ease and caravan sites begin to reopen, we’re dusting off our motorhomes and preparing for the first post-lockdown trips away from home. Dream Destinations is here to offer inspiration on where to take your trusty caravan and this time the focus is on the Lake District.

This land of rugged mountains, tranquil lakes and characterful market towns is the perfect place to escape in a motorhome. Hiking has always been one of the biggest attractions about the Lake District, with the likes of Scafell Pike and Helvellyn tempting walkers to tackle their peaks.

If you prefer your walking routes flatter, then you can do a circular route around one of the lakes and still get world-class views. The likes of Windermere and Derwentwater are serviced by boats travelling to different jetties throughout the day, so you could end your walk on a lake cruise.

Anyone who would be happier in the water than on top of it will be pleased to know there’s plenty of opportunities for wild swimming in the Lake District. As well as the larger lakes, where you need to be particularly careful about boats, there’s smaller lakes, including Rydal Water, which was much loved by the Romantic poet William Wordsworth.

For something a little different and an activity that will appeal to the whole family, check out the Derwent Pencil Museum. You can find out about the history of the pencil, complete a quiz around the museum and even discover how they hid a map and compass in a pencil during World War II.

A true taste of the Lake District comes in the form of Grasmere gingerbread, which is still sold from a quaint shop in the corner of the churchyard of St Oswald’s Church. Victorian cook Sarah Nicholson’s recipe has only grown in popularity since she first baked it in 1854 and buying slabs of the spicy treat wrapped in paper is a quintessential Lake District activity.

Where are you dreaming of taking your caravan now lockdown restrictions are starting to ease? Get in touch to let us know.