The Lake District was recognised as a Unesco world heritage site in 2017, and is now considered as pivotal an experience as Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat, and the Taj Mahal.
Anyone who catches a glimpse of this area will understand why this accolade was awarded – the Lake district is home to large, still, and slightly surreal bodies of water, flawless flora and fauna, and some of the best walking paths, routes and trails in the UK. A walking holiday in this area is a must on any to-do list!
Among the bounty of beautiful paths and trails is the Ullswater Way, a 20-mile accessible path around Ullswater. This route is the brainchild of the local community, who, following the devastation of the floods in 2015, came together to create a new route that would help walkers visiting the area enjoy the Lake District year-round – and bring more people to visit to the region.
“The Ullswater Way allows visitors to travel around the Ullswater valley in a sustainable way, whether by boat, bike, bus or on foot, in a connected loop that allows them to experience high peaks and lake shores,” says the Lake District national park’s Tony Watson. “Since the days of Wordsworth, travellers have been enchanted by the magic of the Lake District national park, and the Unesco heritage and the Ullswater Way will see that proud tradition continuing for many years to come.”
For those looking for something a little out of the ordinary then Aira Force is the place for you. This waterfall boasts a 20-metre (65ft) drop and is one of the few attractions in the UK that is actually improved when it is raining. Strange, but true!
Our recommendation is to take in the waterfall and streams of Aira Force, before heading through the lush woodland to the summit of Gowbarrow Fell, for northern views over Ullswater. Pick your time right and you’ll be able to really appreciate your surroundings – early morning or late evening is best – when the wildlife comes out and the crowds are yet to appear.
The Lakes, which are visited by 18 million people every year, have provided inspiration for some of the country’s best-loved writers including Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth, Alfred Wainwright, and Samuel Coleridge.
If you need any more inspiration then check out our walking holidays in and around this area of outstanding beauty.