As 2020 comes to a close, I want to look back on the positives that have come with this very unusual year. I know that the Lake District has provided lots of hope and comfort to many of you, even if you weren’t able to travel here. That’s why I’m taking a look at our most popular blog posts in 2020. You’ve been dreaming of the views, planning future trips, and those of you who were able to travel here have been making the most of the walks and other attractions on offer.
Here are the top 10 Sally’s Cottages blog posts of 2020! Were any of these your favourite?
1. Top 10 Lakeside Walks
You come to the Lake District for the lakes, so it’s no surprise that our most popular blog is one about some of the best lakeside walks you can find! From the full western shore of Windermere – England’s longest lake – to short, family-friendly strolls around small lakes like Buttermere, there’s plenty of choice to suit you during your stay. Read it now
2. 9 Wild Swimming Spots in the Lake District
Wild swimming has grown hugely in popularity over the last couple of years and during lockdown it became an escape for many who couldn’t get to their usual gyms and swimming pools. Wild swimmer extraordinaire and “Lady of the Lakes” Suzanna Cruickshank is the ultimate go-to wild swimming guide in the Lake District. Her guest blog picks some of the best places you can take a dip during your visit to the national park. Read it now
3. Top 9 Views in the Lake District
Wherever you go in the Lake District, you’re surrounded by incredible views that will take your breath away. From the top of England on Scafell Pike to easy-to-access viewing points that anyone can get to, the Lake District has possibly the most admirable scenery in the country. So it’s no wonder that one of our top blog posts this year was our pick of some of the best of the best views. These should all be on your bucket list for places to visit during your stay! Read it now
4. 10 Wonderful Walks Around Windermere
As England’s longest lake, Windermere has plenty of walking options both along its shores and in the nearby fells. It’s also one of the most popular areas of the Lake District, meaning paths are generally well trod and easy to follow, though you can find plenty of quieter routes, too. So tie up your boots, get out your map, and on your way! Read it now
5. 7 Scenic Drives in the Lake District
Sometimes you’re looking for an easy day. Perhaps it’s a bit cold out, or maybe you just want to cover a larger distance in the time you’ve got. That’s probably why our pick of scenic drives was one of the most popular blog posts this year! You don’t have to stay in the car, either. There are plenty of spots on this list where you can stop off for a picnic or safely pull over for a quick photo op! Read it now
6. Top Fishing Spots in Cumbria and the Lake District
Trout, pike, perch, roach… the waters of the Lake District and Cumbria are well stocked with all sorts of fish. Though you’ll have to pick your spot carefully because of tight restrictions in a lot of areas, there are still some fabulous options, from the west coast to the rivers of Eskdale to high tarns. Read it now
7. 1-Hour Walks in the Lake District
What could be better than a short morning walk before you start your day proper, or a post-dinner stroll to work off all that delicious Cumbrian food? Or perhaps you have children with little legs who can’t go that for, or just don’t fancy long, strenuous hikes. Whatever your reason, our list of short, 1-hour walks is always popular and provides plenty of inspiration! Read it now
8. Blencathra, the Easy Way
Blencathra is one of the most famous and iconic fells in the whole of the Lake District, so there are understandably a lot of people who want to reach its peaks. Its shape has earned it the nickname Saddleback and there are several routes up, some of which are difficult, hair-raising and suitable only for well-seasoned walkers. However, even though it’s not ‘an easy walk’ – it’s one of the highest fells in the Lake District, after all – there is an easier route up. This way is much more suited for more casual walkers, though you should obviously still have sufficient experience and skill for mountain walking! Read it now
9. 10 Best Dog-Friendly Attractions in the Lake District
As a nation, we just love our four-legged friends, and the Lake District is known for being super dog friendly. Apart from the abundance of wonderful walks that your dog will love having a sniff and a zoomie along, many of the top attractions welcome dogs, too. That means you don’t have to miss out on some of the most wonderful things to do in the Lake District just because you’re accompanied by your pooch. Here’s a list of our favourites. Read it now
10. 9 Family-Friendly Fell Walks
There are so many mountains in the Lake District that it can often be hard to know which ones are suitable for families, especially if you have young children. This list provides some amazing options that have been tried and tested. From fells you can drive half way up, to relatively flat routes with lake views, the whole family will delight in these walks! Read it now
I hope that gives you some more lovely reading to do over the coming weeks. Or you can take a look at our full range of blogs. We’ve got everything from handy tips for your visit, to stunning photos to send you on a happy daydream, to guest features from many of the wonderful local businesses that have grown and flourished in the county.
And if you’re looking for even more, why not take a look at these other popular blogs that are well loved but didn’t quite make it into the Top 10?