24 Reasons to Visit the Lake District in 2024
03 January 2024

Are you still planning your 2024 escape, but you're not sure where to go. If so, why not ditch the passport and rediscover the magic that lies right on your doorstep and head to the amazing Lake District? Breathtaking scenery, amazing food and the promise of adventure are just a few of the reasons why you'll fall head over heels in love with this beautiful part of England. 

But in case you need a little more convincing, here are 24 reasons to visit the Lake District in 2024.

The Stunning Landscape

The Lake District boasts some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the UK, from the dramatic mountains to the serene lakes that reflect the beauty of the surrounding fells.

A Walker's Paradise

Lace up your boots and explore the fells and peaks of the Lake District National Park. From gentle lakeside strolls to adrenalin-filled mountain challenges, there are paths and trails for all abilities, all of which offer stunning views and a chance to connect with nature.

Bag Some Wainwrights

If you really fancy a challenge, why not start Wainwright Bagging? A Wainwright is one of the 214 fells identified by Alfred Wainwright, fell walker and the author.

Some aim to complete this challenge in a year, others in ten years. Some simply enjoy taking part whenever they're visiting. And yes, some walks are harder on the knees than others; most will leave you gaping in awe at the scenery; all will leave you with a sense of achievement and memories to last a lifetime.

Fun on the Water

You can't come to the Lake District and not take advantage of the lakes that give this corner of England its name. Enjoy a variety of watersports including kayaking, paddleboarding and sailing - an action-packed adventure the whole family.

Wild Swimming

Have you ever been wild swimming in the Lake District? If not, perhaps it's time to give it a go. 

Among the health benefits of wild swimming (and cold water immersion) are improved circulation; a boost to your brain power; a boost to your immune system; reduced anxiety and stress; increased ness; feelings of euphoria and achievement; and if you're swimming with others, a sense of community.

And there are plenty of amazing spots.

Lake Cruises

If your idea of fun on the water is slightly warmer and a little less wet, why not relax on a leisurely lake cruise and soak up the panoramic views - you'll see the Lake District from an entirely different perspective.


Explore the rolling hills and quiet country lanes on two wheels. Take a leisurely family ride along the shores of Lake Windermere. Or challenge yourself to the leg burning uphills and technical descents of the North Face MTB trail in Grizedale Forest (easier routes are available). There are also several routes around Ullswater for those staying in Elm How, Cruck Barn or Eagle Cottage.

Family Adventures

From animal parks to adventure playgrounds, the Lake District is the perfect destination for families. Go Ape at Grizedale Forest, Treetop Trek at Brockhole (on the shores of Lake Windermere) and the World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness are just a few family-friendly attractions close to our Windermere holiday cottages. For guests staying in one of our Ullswater holiday cottages, Whinlatter Forest provides a number of activities, including treetop adventure and forest segway.

Adventure for Thrill Seekers

Arguably the adventure capital of the UK, the Lake District is the perfect playground for the outdoor enthusiast. And it's not just hiking, canoeing and cycling. For the adrenaline-junkies amongst you, the Lake District offers ghyll scrambling, rock-climbing and white water rafting - to name just a few. 

Foodie Heaven

Did you know that there are eleven Michelin Star restaurants in Cumbria boasting a total of thirteen coveted stars? In fact, the county has the highest number of Michelin Star restaurants outside London, making it a world-class destination for a gourmet escape.

Cosy Village Pubs

After a day exploring, nothing beats ducking into the comfortable surroundings of a traditional Lakeland pub. Get yourself a drink, sink into a comfy armchair in front of a crackling log fire and while away the time with family and friends.

Charming Tearooms

Experience quintessential British charm in the numerous tearooms scattered across the region, serving delightful treats and refreshing beverages.

Delicious Local Cuisine

Of course, you don't have to go out to indulge in the local gastronomy. There is so much amazing local produce readily available to try in the comfort of your Matson Ground holiday cottage. From Herdwick lamb to sticky toffee pudding, Cumberland sausage to Grasmere gingerbread, there's something to suit every palate. 

Quaint Villages

Wander through picturesque villages such as Grasmere or Hawkshead, where the cobbled streets and traditional architecture will transport you back in time.

The Wildlife

The Lake District is home to a wealth of interesting and rare species, thanks to its diverse habitats such as mountains, wetlands, lakes, woodlands and beaches. Which means that it doesn't matter where you're staying, there's wildlife at every turn. Red squirrels, ospreys, otters, kingfishers and seals can all be spotted, and if you're out on the fells you may see small groups of fell ponies, a hardy breed well-suited to the sometimes harsh conditions of the Lake District fells.

Stunning Sunsets

Find a hidden nook on a lakeshore, climb a fell, or snuggle up on the terrace at Birkdale House and witness unforgettable sunsets over the lakes and mountains, creating a magical and romantic atmosphere.

Stargazing Opportunities

With minimal light pollution, the Lake District offers unparalleled stargazing opportunities. Marvel at the Milky Way on a clear night. Take a guided stargazing tour, download a stargazing app, or simply lie back and wonder at the vastness of the universe.

A Photographer's Paradise

Many visitors to the Lakes are keen amateur photographers. Others simply rely on their phone to capture the moment. The results from both can be amazing. But if you really want to capture the perfect shot, a lifelong memory of your stay in the Lake District, there are so many locations where the natural surroundings, the light and the colours lend you a helping hand.

Literary Heritage

Follow in the footsteps of literary giants such as Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Ruskin, whose poetry and prose drew inspiration from the region's natural beauty.Visit their homes, museums, and favourite viewpoints -maybe you'll be inspired to write something yourself.

Lake District Culture

Take time to visit some of the region's historic houses such as Levens Hall and Sizergh Castle; if live performance is your thing, there's nowhere quite like Theatre by the Lake on the shores of Derwentwater in Keswick or the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness; if you want to immerse yourself in the Arts & Crafts movement, soak up the atmosphere at Blackwell, just outside Bowness, one of the UK's finest examples of Arts & Crafts architecture

Fascinating Museums

Gain insights into the region's history and culture by visiting one of the many museums celebrating anything from the humble pencil (Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick) to the motorcar (Lakeland Motor Museum in Backbarrow), Windermere's boating history (Windermere Jetty Museum) to Beatrix Potter (Hill Top House).

Amazing Gardens

Take a leisurely stroll through well-maintained gardens, where colourful blooms and manicured landscapes create a stunning atmosphere. From cottage gardens to historic houses boasting world famous plants and topiary, there's a wealth of choice. 

If you're staying in one of our Windermere Holiday Cottages, Holehird Gardens, Levens Hall, Holker Hall and Sizergh Castle are all easily accessible. Or for those of you enjoying a stay in one of our Ullswater Holiday Cottages, Dalemain, Hutton-in-the-Forest and Acorn Bank are within easy reach. 

We do advise that you check they are open before you visit.

Festivals and Events for Every Taste

Whether it's a summer music festival or a winter celebration, the Lake District hosts a range of events throughout the year, adding vibrancy to your visit.

Matson Ground Cottages

We've saved the best until last. If you are planning a trip to the Lake District this year, our holiday cottages on Matson Ground provide the perfect location from which to explore all that the Lake District has to offer and the ideal spot to unwind and spend time with family and friends. What's more, you can make your stay even more memorable by opting for one of our tailormade offerings, such as private dining, hawk walks or guided walks. 

Matson Ground Lodge and Elm How are both dog friendly, so if you're staying in one of these cottages, your four-legged furry friends can enjoy a fabulous holiday in the Lake District as well.

Hopefully we've convinced you to visit the Lake District in 2024. This is the perfect place to be whatever your age and whatever the season. There's always something to do - from family hikes to leisurely meals, museums to kids' attractions, everyone and everything is catered for. 

So what will your 2024 travel plans include? We hope that a trip to this stunning part of the country is on the list. 

If you'd like any more information, please do get in touch.

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