I spent a lovely weekend in the Lake District a few years ago with my husband, where I ate a lot of cake, admired the views and learnt a whole lot more than I needed to know about Beatrix Potter. There aren't many areas of unspoilt countryside about anymore, but the Lake District is one of them- so when Lake District Estates offered me the chance to give one of my readers a trip away to Ullswater, how could I refuse?
Ullswater, in the Lake District National Park, is the third deepest English lake (at 250 feet deep) and it's surrounded beautiful fells. It's also the setting for William Wordsworth's famous Daffodils poem. When you are in a place like this, you should spend as much time outdoors as is humanly possible. Luckily, the countryside surrounding Ullswater has many beautiful walks and cycling routes, and there are lots of water-based activities you can do on the lake itself.
You can walk round the lake to most of the surrounding quaint towns and villages to look at the shops and have some lunch, or you can tackle some of the more strenuous hill climbing routes. Handily, and a saving grace for your legs, once you walk one way, there are handy steamer boats to take you back across the lake. If cycling is more your thing, this is also a great place to bring your bike. Alternatively, you can hire electric bikes from the Electric Bicycle Network too. Cumbria Tourism has a handy map of the area with information on how to get around.
If you would like to win a two night mid-week (Sunday to Thursday) wigwam break to Ullswater's Waterfoot Park, which includes Sail all Day cruise tickets on the Ullswater Steamers and one half-day hire of a Renault Twizy, enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below...
Image Credits- 1) Shane Turnball, 2) & 3) Lake District
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