|Looking out from the boat on Coniston|
We as a family tend to visit the western lakes area other people prefer the northern lakes, I would suggest a base around the Coniston, Hawkshead or Windermere area that way the whole Lake District is accessible in around an hours drive and in that hour you will take in some wonderful views.
If you are lucky enough to be visiting this area here are few places I would suggest visiting.
Grizedale Forrest - located between Coniston and Windermere has walking trails, biking trails with mountain bike hire, a large go ape with a smaller junior section and a visitor centre with a cafe.
Hilltop farm Sawrey - a National Trust property, formerly owned by Beartrix Potter and said to be the inspiration for many of her famous books.
Ambleside - a nice town with plenty of shops, cafés, restaurants and a small cinema.
Grasmere - a busy village with tea rooms, cafés and hotels. A popular stop off point for walkers and visitors to the nearby Dove Cottage, former home to William Wordsworth.
Ullswater - home to the Ullswater steamers and starting point for many walks. A visit here warrants a visit to Pooley bridge at the north tip of the lake. A small village with shops and pubs next to a bridge that crosses the river Eamont just before it runs into the lake. It's a good spot for paddling and bobbing about in inflatable crafts of all shapes and sizes.
No visit to the Lakes would be complete without a visit to Lake Windermere itself and the main town of the lake Bowness on Windermere. A busy town and the main point for boat trips on the lake.
Lake Coniston - in particular Coniston jetty, the place to hire boats, kayaks and take part in various activities such as raft building .
These are just the tip of the Iceberg and are only things recommended from our own personal experience, I realise the Lakes are a vast area and I don't doubt there are places and things we haven't seen that others would recommend, it is that fact that convinced me to start blogging, so that other readers can comment on things to see and do.
Everywhere you go there are hotels, B&Bs, holiday cottages and campsites, in short, there are no shortage of places to stay no matter what your budget ... So go on .... Visit the wonderful Lake District