The Telegraph recently listed reasons why lakes are better than beaches and, whilst we love a tranquil lake, we thought: why choose, the Lake District and Cumbria have both! Here's our guide to some of the best seaside and lakeside destinations that you can visit in the region!
Our home town of Keswick is set on beautiful Derwentwater. Surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery, with easy access from the town, and offering water sports galore, you can spend the whole day on or near the water! Little ones will love feeding the ducks or why not take a walk part-way round the shore and then glide back to Keswick on a Derwentwater Launch?
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The Solway Coast
The Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is well-deserving of the title! Stretching from Maryport all the way north to the border of Scotland, it is full of beautiful sites, wildlife, and lots to do. Explore the aquarium, go-karting, and climbing wall in Maryport; enjoy a round of golf in Silloth; visit one of the many nature reserves, or simply treat yourself to some fish 'n' chips whilst watching a beautiful sunset!
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England's longest lake and perhaps the Lake District's most popular, Windermere is a hub of activity and a paragon of beauty. Whether you choose to stay in bustling Bowness-on-Windermere with its shops, water sports, and Beatrix Potter connections; Ambleside with its quaint buildings and wonderful restaurants; or in quieter areas such as Newby Bridge, you'll be blown away by the stunning surroundings and the activities on offer!
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St. Bees is a beautiful and popular coastal village that is well worth a visit. With miles of sandy beaches, rock pools, cliffs, a wild bird colony and a seaside cafe, it will remind you of a simpler time. You can continue your exploration of the Cumbrian coast here by heading south on the train along a route that hugs the coast and offers amazing sea views, or else head north on Wainwright's Coast to Coast walk!
Widely considered to be the most beautiful of the Lake District lakes, Ullswater is nonetheless much quieter than other tourist hubs of the national park. You can enjoy the lake from above when you scale the likes of Helvellyn and Hallin Fell; set off on tranquil walks along the shore (don't forget to visit Aira Force waterfall), or get onto the water either with a rented boat or aboard one of the Ullswater Steamers.
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Seascale is a hidden gem known mostly only by locals. Its long, flat shingle beach is perfect for gentle walks and lovely expanses of sand are exposed at low tide. If you're a history buff, you will love exploring the Viking and Roman history of the area. It is also only a short drive into the Lake District and a number of special nature reserves.
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This little lake, once forming a larger body of water with its twin lake of Crummock Water, is the perfect destination for families with young children and those who enjoy walking but don't want anything too strenuous. The small, pretty lake is surrounded by some of Alfred Wainwright's favourite scenery and includes a Victorian tunnel carved into the rock that kids will adore. In Buttermere village, there are also two good pubs and a fabulous cafe serving homemade ice cream from their own cows.
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Ravenglass is the only coastal town within the borders of the Lake District National Park. It's an old fishing village with an interesting Roman heritage and you can visit the old Roman baths. Ravenglass is also the start of the ever-popular Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, a miniature steam railway that runs into the heart of the Lake District - great fun for all ages!
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The only 'real' lake in the Lake District, Bassenthwaite sits between the mountain forest park of Whinlatter and its smaller cousin, Dodd Wood. A nesting site for ospreys and other rare wildlife, it's part of an important natural reserve. Why not take a walk to the little, pre-Norman church of St. Bega, the inspiration of Lord Alfred Tennyson's poem Morte D'Arthur, and then head to The Sun Inn in Bassenthwaite village for a tasty meal?
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On the southern tip of the Cumbrian coast, Walney Island is home to two nature reserves, sandy beaches, and the Walney Bird Observatory. Seals can be observed in their natural habitat at the south end of the island whilst birds, rare flowers (the Walney Geranium is only found on the island), natterjack toads, and other rare species are also found here.
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We think you'll agree that, when you have these many options, there's no need to choose whether you prefer the lakes or the seaside! For your perfect holiday, take a look at our cottages with lake views and coastal cottages, or browse all of our holiday homes with our cottage search.
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