9 Places for a Dose of Fresh Air


When you feel a need to get away, have a break, or simply relax, then a deep breath of clean, crisp air can be just the ticket. The Lake District and Cumbria have lots of wonderful, isolated locations away from traffic and crowds where you can simply be calm and let it all go.

1. Ennerdale

Ennerdale in the Lake DistrictNo roads enter the valley of Ennerdale, making it the most remote in the Lake District. Amazingly tranquil and beautiful, it’s a wonderful place to enjoy some fresh air. You could walk the whole length of the lakeshore and not bump into a single person. When you reach the river at the southeast edge, take a moment to sit on the little stone bridge and hear nothing but the birds and the rippling water. Bliss!

Take a look at our cottages close to Ennerdale.

2. The Solway Coast

Silloth on the Solway CoastStretching from the coastal town of Maryport in the west to the northern reaches of Cumbria, the Solway Coast is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There’s nothing like the smell of salty sea air to clear your head and you can choose any place along here to really enjoy the benefits. Long stretches of sandy beaches seem to go for miles when the tide is out while the gently undulating dunes are home to lots of interesting birdlife. It’s well worth stopping at Allonby, too, for some fish and chips to eat whilst watching a stunning sunset.

Browse our holiday cottages on the Solway Coast.

3. Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike in the Lake DistrictWhere could be better to get plenty of fresh air than at the top of the highest mountain in England? Scafell Pike and the rest of the Scafell Range is a great hiking challenge for experienced and well-prepared walkers. Though it’s a tough climb to the top, the breathtaking views from the summit make it all worthwhile.

You can read our guide to walking up Scafell Pike or find your perfect holiday cottage close to the mountain.

4. Eskdale

Devoke Water in EskdaleAh, wonderful Eskdale! Sometimes overlooked because it has no lakes, another's loss is your gain! Stretching deep into the central Lake District, Eskdale is a valley of craggy mountains, hidden waterfalls, crystal clear wild swimming pools, and shady forests. It’s the ideal place to escape to if you really want to get away from it all and take some time for yourself.

View our self-catering properties in Eskdale.

5. Martindale

Martindale in the Lake DistrictMartindale, close to Ullswater, is a difficult place to reach. You can get there either via an Ullswater Steamer or along a steep, twisting road with lots of hairpin turns. It’s certainly worth the effort though! Because of its isolation, it’s an amazingly tranquil place that sees minimal traffic. The only other living creatures you may spot are the birds and – if you’re very lucky and patient – semi-wild fell ponies or England’s oldest herd of red deer!

See all of our cottages around Ullswater.

6. Loweswater

Loweswater in the Lake DistrictOn the western edges of the Lake District is beautiful Loweswater. Lesser known that its neighbouring lakes of Buttermere and Crummock, it is the very picture of tranquillity. You can wander around the ancient woodland or take a stroll along the whole of the lakeshore, even having a go on the rope swings if you’re feeling playful! Or why not just find a quiet spot and take in the sights whilst you enjoy some deep breaths of that delicious fresh air!

Explore our Loweswater self-catering cottages.

7. Wasdale

Wasdale in the Lake DistrictBoasting some of the most dramatic scenery in the national park, Wasdale is one of the big Lake District valleys. It's famous for the screes that plunge into Wastwater and as the starting point for a route up Scafell Pike. However, despite these popular attractions, it is large enough that there are plenty of hidden spots to be found! If you set out with a good supply of food, appropriate clothes, and a map and compass, you can spend all day exploring the secret nooks and crannies of this gorgeous valley.

Take a look at our holiday cottages in Wasdale.

8. The edges of the Lake District

Bobbin Mill near CaldbeckWherever you explore the very edges of the Lake District, you’ll find the same beautiful scenery but fewer people. Away from the popular towns like Keswick and Windermere, when you head a little further out you can be sure of less traffic and more fresh air that you can enjoy all to yourself! If you’re feeling more adventurous and looking for something even more remote, why not visit parts of Cumbria outside of the Lake District? We promise you won’t be disappointed!

View our cottage map to browse our outlying cottages.

9. The Eden Valley

The Eden Valley in CumbriaThere’s a lot that the Eden Valley has to offer! With the Lake District to the west and the Pennines to the east, it’s one of Cumbria’s best-kept secrets and therefore one of the best places for a dose of tranquil fresh air! Abounding with history, you could imagine yourself back in a different era. Or why not just explore on two legs or two wheels? There are plenty of options for all abilities!

See all of our cottages in the Eden Valley.


It’s important now and again to enjoy a quiet moment and take some deep breaths of delicious, clean air. We hope we’ve given you some inspiration to find some fantastic locations to do just that. You can see all of our holiday cottages with our cottage search.

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