The Lake District in England is one of the most popular weekend budget holiday destinations. It offers a tranquil weekend amid spectacular scenery and many outdoor activities to refresh and rejuvenate a city-weary person. With inexpensive hotels and meals, the weekend will be very affordable and visitors return home feeling like a million.
It is easy to reach the Lake District by car, rail or air. The main train station is Windermere in the Lake District.
For those who want to travel by car or caravan they can take the M6, A66, A65 and A69 which make it easily accessible from the north and south of the UK. There are airports in Manchester, Leeds/Bradford and Blackpool which is 40 minutes by car from Cumbria.
Camping is the least costly way to enjoy a weekend break in the Lake District. It offers a lot of freedom as well as the possibility to save a lot on food. There are several ways to camp from pitching a tent to camping pods, which are small timber huts that will keep visitors dry and warm while they enjoy the other perks of camping without the inconvenience of a tent such as a campfire and sitting under the stars.
It is also possible to hire a camper van in the District and drive to all the interesting places to see. Travellers can spend the night anywhere convenient. If visitors prefer to spend their time hiking and not cooking or cleaning, there are excellent hostels that have comfortable beds, delicious home cooked meals and other facilities that are great value for money.
For visitors whose budget extends a bit further there are self-catering holiday cottages with outside space and log fires. They are an excellent choice for a comfortable, inexpensive weekend break. There are also budget hotels and B&Bs that offer home cooked breakfasts, free Wi-Fi and more for a real break from the everyday life.
Along with the peaceful lifestyle in the Lake District and the scenery that inspired poets for centuries, there are historic highlights including Roman ruins, Carlisle Castle in Cumbria, Lowther Castle and others. The Abbey in Carlisle dates from 1122 with 14th century stained glass, and the homes of John Ruskin and William Wordsworth as well as other historic houses are part of the historical heritage of the Lake District. There are also stone circles including the second largest in England that date from late Neolithic, early Bronze Age and earlier.
The Lake District National Park is the largest national park in England and has its highest mountain, deepest lake and 42,400 residents who care for the ecosystems and habitats in this beautiful area. This park is called a breathing space for England, and with walking tours, cycling, swimming and boating in 12 of the biggest lakes in England, each visitor fin enjoyment.
The Lake District is the right place to go for a leisurely, relaxing weekend or a high activity weekend with hiking and water sports, all of which can be done on a budget.
This article was written by Ross who is an avid travel blogger and writes content at Europe Traveler and Travel Ideas.