The Lake District: Spectacular Views That Will Last A Lifetime
Let the colours of nature allure you
With mesmerising miles of beauty to captivate you, and all the shades of green lining the rolling hills, blue-coloured hues in the fells and the golden glow on the mountain tops, explore what England proudly calls the Lake District National Park. The unique area situated in the North of England, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to 16 beautiful lakes, including the famous Lake Windermere and 150 adventurous peaks. Not only does all of the aforementioned attract tourists from all over, the Lakes boast captivating wildlife, exciting hiking trails and water sports, and scenic cycling routes. Find your way up England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, standing at an astonishing 978 metres high and swim in the waters of Wastwater Lake, the deepest in all of England. This natural wonder hidden within the hills and fells of the country, will give you all the excitement you need for a halal-friendly family getaway. Read on to plan your enchanting weekend in the fairytale land, which is closer to home than you may think.
How to get to the Lake District
The Lakes are well connected to the rest of the UK via the motorways, and many may opt to travel by means of car, as part of a road trip with atmospheric views to appreciate on the drive. Anyone who lives a bit further away can get a train, plane or bus into the city of Manchester, where a car can be rented. For those who do not drive, there are trains from Manchester and national coaches.
Make the most out of a halal-friendly weekend trip
Within the Lake District, there are no mosques or prayer facilities, but they can be found just over an hour's drive away in the major cities close by, such as Bolton and Manchester. What the Lakes do have, however, is an abundance of natural beauty. Immerse yourself in nature and reflect on all of the Almighty’s splendid creation. Enjoy the serene and tranquil atmosphere and remember praising your Lord is also an act of Ibadah. Looking at all the beautiful waterfalls and wildlife will remind us of what we have to be grateful for, which we can often forget in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Become close to Allah by praying in the serene atmosphere and pack your travel prayer mat to make sure you're ready for all your daily prayers.
When to visit the Lake District
Whilst one may typically think the best time to visit the countryside would be the summer, the Lake District is one of the places in England where the seasons does not affect the appeal of the area. Each season offers a different vibe - the blooming flowers of the spring, the sunny blue skies of the summer, the change of the foliage in autumn and the snow-capped mountains in the winter. Whilst spring and summer bring water-sports, late night barbecues and picnic vibes, autumn and winter will see you cosying up in a cabin, and finishing the evening with a hot chocolate or a dip in the hot-tub. Peak season is during April and October but with mild winters and cooler summers, the weather is mostly wet and muddy. Be sure to pack your wellies and a raincoat!
Where to stay in the Lake District
The entertainment in the Lake District is plentiful and entirely your choice as to what you prefer. Guided walking tours are available March through October, and activities such as water-sports, hiking, archery, rifle shooting, ziplining and riding a Segway are available. There are many places to stay in the Lake District, but we will be introducing the most popular.
The historical town on Ambleside is home to the head of the Lake Windermere. Take a walk and witness the beauty of the Loughton Fell, the nature and trees of Grizedale Forest. Enjoy the adventure and sail across Waterhead Pier, go fishing in the Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery and enjoy family fun at the Go Ape Grizedale.
Enjoy the mountainous views at this hotel within the national park. Only a 15-minute drive from Lake Windermere, you can walk or enjoy the views on the way to the heart of the Lake District. Breakfast is included and the ‘free cancellation’ option can be selected.
The market town of Keswick is home to beautiful walks including Derwentwater, Catbells Lakeland Walk and lookout points with panoramic views such as Surprise View. Families can enjoy the wildlife at the Lake District Wildlife Park and explore ancient ruins at Castlerigg Stone Circle.
At the Borrowdale Hotel situated next to the river, you will appreciate the natural beauty views. Halal food and alcohol-free rooms can be requested in advance.
Take a boat trip across the iconic Lake Windermere, in the town of Windermere. Walk across historical sites such as Orrest Head and Rydal Water. Whatever season you visit, the scenic views of the Holehird Gardens will delight you, and you can even explore archery and treetop activities at the Brockhole on Windermere. Families with children will particularly enjoy the Lakeland Pony Trek.
At the nearby Bowness-on-Windermere, find yourself exploring museums such as The World of Beatrix Potter, perfect for children, and Blackwell Arts and Crafts House. Make sure to ride on the Windermere Ferry at least once if you get the chance, and if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous try your hand at sailing.
At this cosy and welcoming hotel, Lake Windermere and the World of Beatrix Potter is only a 15-minute walk away. As it is a bed and breakfast, you will be sure to start your day off well with a hearty meal. Halal food is available close by and alcohol-free rooms can be requested.
Halal food may be hard to find in the Lake District, however, there are some halal restaurants in Bowness-on-Windermere and Penrith Valleys. In the other areas, there are plenty of cafes and tea rooms which will allure you with the aroma of freshly baked goodies and a hot beverage. It doesn’t get more British than this. Do your bit and support small businesses, the little things we do on holiday can make a big difference. There are also vegetarian and seafood options at most restaurants and artisan shops. Be sure to pack snacks to take with you whilst you're out discovering.
Our recommendation is to make sure you try the 150-year old Grasmere gingerbread shop in Ambleside. The owner, Sarah Nelson, was a source of inspiration and still is for the women of today. Try the famous gingerbread - a cross between a cake and biscuit with a chewy centre. The recipe is the same as it was in 1854, and the staff are even dressed in Victorian outfits.
Be sure to also check out The Wild Strawberry, Keswick, housed in the oldest and most characterful building. They employ and source their ingredients locally. Indulge in the sweet treats whilst taking in the incredible views of nature.
Rolling hills, mountains and fells
The Lake District is beautiful in spring and summer with the colours changing seasonally, the ripple like effects in the lakes will keep you bewitched. As with the change of the seasons, activities change and so do the experiences. Many famous writers, painters, and poets have been inspired when immersed in the beauty of the Lakes, so you too should let your creativity flow in the heart of nature.