Holidays in the Lake District | Michael Paul Holidays

The Lake District

Self-catering holiday in the Lake District

Holiday in the Lake District

The Lake District is a mountainous region in the North West of England, known for its lakes, tarns (mountain lakes) and forests. A beautiful and tranquil place, there are 16 lakes, the largest being Windermere, which is over 10 miles long and 220 feet deep, the largest natural lake in England. 

This is a place for walkers and dreamers with its wonderful walking trails and mountains including Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. The serenity of the Lake District has inspired many great artists and writers, including the beloved children’s author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter, and Britain’s most famous poet, William Wordsworth. Ideal for anyone looking for a relaxing holiday or an active getaway, the Lake District has some of the most picturesque vistas in the country, fascinating places of historical interest plus plenty of water sports and boating to be enjoyed.


Newby Bridge Country Caravan Park

Newby Bridge Country Caravan Park is set within wild woodlands near the southern tip of Lake Windermere. Tranquil and picturesque, it is a perfect base for anyone wanting to explore the many walking and cycling routes in the Lake District National Park or water-based activities on the lake. 

Tewitfield Marina

Tewitfield Marina is a purpose-built marina with a choice of four different types of accommodation available, many with marina views and some are also dog-friendly. The still water of the marina with its boats and ducks is a calming view for a relaxing holiday with near to Lancaster Canal. 

Waterfoot Park

Waterfoot Park overlooks Ullswater, said to be England's most beautiful lake. The park is set in the grounds of a grand Georgian mansion with holiday cottages, glamping pods and hives for hire. Take a boat ride on the nearby Ullswater Steamers, an award-winning environmentally accredited Lake District attraction.

Hill of Oaks Caravan & Lodge Park

Hill of Oaks is an award-winning 5-star park on the shores of Lake Windermere surrounded by ancient woodland for wonderful walks. This idyllic setting features a range of accommodation including deluxe lakeside glamping pods, self-catering apartments and lodges and also offers private piers for boat launching.

Woodclose Park

Woodclose Park is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty close to the River Lune and the Lake District National Park. Offering self-catering accommodation and glamping pods, it is close to several walking and cycling routes as well as the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale with its excellent eateries.

About The Lake District

Holidays in the Lake District can be simply sublime. The expanse of calming water and breath-taking landscapes make the Lake District one of the must-see holiday destinations in the UK all year round. The largest lakes in the Lake District are Windermere, Ullswater, Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite Lake and Coniston Water and at the centre is the Lake District National Park, the largest of all the national parks in England and Wales. 

Apart from the lakes, forests and mountains, there’s so much to see here, from ancient castles to historic houses and pretty villages. The Lake District was home to several notable writers including Beatrix Potter, most famous for Peter Rabbit and you can visit the house which is now a time capsule of her life and work. The17th-century farmhouse, Hill Top near Sawrey was the inspiration for the setting of many of her most famous books. William Wordsworth’s former home Dove Cottage and the gardens where he wrote much of his poetry is also not to be missed as is art critic John Ruskin's former home, Brantwood, the reputedly haunted Muncaster Castle and the medieval house and gardens of Sizergh. 

Things to do in the Lake District

Grizedale Forest

Grizedale Forest

Enjoy breath-taking views in the Lake District World Heritage Site as you walk, cycle or swing through the trees at Grizedale Forest. There are 10 forest walking trails and 9 cycle trails with bike hire, an art trail of sculpture, Go Ape, Forest Segway, children's play areas, a lovely cafe and picnic areas. 

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit

Visit Beatrix Potter's former home near Sawrey, a house called Hill Top, preserved as it was when she lived and wrote her stories there, now owned by the National Trust and then meet Peter Rabbit at the World of Beatrix Potter at Bowness on Windermere, where Potter’s stories are brought to life. 

Wordsworth’s Cottage

Wordsworth's Dove Cottage, Grasmere

Be inspired at Dove Cottage and gardens in Grasmere, where the famous poet William Wordsworth made his home in 1799. Wordsworth penned most of his best-known poems here. Enjoy a walk (or ‘wander lonely as a cloud’) through Wordsworth’s garden and place of inspiration.

Sizergh Estate

Sizergh, Lake District

Enjoy a guided walk through the landscaped gardens or the grand medieval house of Sizergh near Kendal. Still lived in today and set in 1,600-acres of gardens and estate with orchards and woodland the house features centuries-old portraits and antique furniture.

5 Reasons to Book a Holiday in the Lake District

1. Explore Coniston Water, the setting for the beloved children's book ‘Swallows and Amazons’ by Arthur Ransome. Coniston water was also made famous by Donald Campbell who set the water speed world record of 300mph there in 1967. 

2. Relive your childhood or share it with your own children at the Swallows and Amazons For Ever! exhibition for all the family at the Windermere Jetty Museum. The exhibition celebrating the iconic book's spirit of adventure encourages families to explore the landscapes that inspired the story. 

3. Enjoy family fun at the World of Beatrix Potter and step back in time at Beatrix Potter's former home Hill Top, a time capsule of her life and work now owned by the National Trust.

4. Visit Brantwood, the home of the celebrated Victorian art critic John Ruskin, the historical 250 acre Lakeland estate with landscaped gardens offering awe-inspiring views of Coniston Water and the fells that he called ‘a paradise of art and nature’.

5. Don’t miss a trip to the historic haunted Muncaster Castle near Ravenglass, set in over 70 acres of tranquil landscaped gardens, called the ‘Gateway to Paradise’ by John Ruskin. Enjoy spotting wildlife and visit the Hawk & Owl Centre, the ancient church and woodland walks.