Kendal Parish Church
River Kent, Kendal


There are so many people enjoying staycations and it’s hardly surprising that they’re growing in popularity.

By Mary Mason

It’s becoming more and more important for people to have a greener lifestyle – ethical and eco-friendly breaks are all part of this. Consider how you can reduce your carbon footprint – climate change needs to be on everyone’s agenda.

There are actually many benefits to having a staycation:

  • They can be significantly cheaper than other holidays, meaning that you can have more of them!
  • They are much easier to organise – less holiday-planning stress – now who doesn’t want that?!
  • They allow you to explore beautiful places that are on your doorstep.

In the UK, there are countless stunning places to visit – we are literally spoilt for choice.

A brilliant place for a staycation is the Lake District – the largest National Park in England which is visited by 19 million people every year. This stunning area has so much to offer with its rich and varied landscape – amazing lakes, spectacular mountains and beautiful coastline. Caterer.com has described the Lake District as Britain’s top staycation destination for 2020.

At Herdwick Cottages, we have a fantastic range of accommodation so that you can have an amazing time exploring this wonderful area.

We have Cottages & Apartments, Glamping & Camping, Static Caravans & Lodges and Campervan & Motorhome Hire. So, if you are wanting a romantic weekend away, a family holiday or a group getaway, we will have accommodation that will be perfect for you and your budget.

Here are some great places to visit during a stay in the charming Lake District:


Bowness-on-Windermere is a popular place on the shore of Lake Windermere – it’s often described as the most popular town in the Lake District. So, whether you want to have an action-packed day enjoying some watersports or you want to just soak up the lovely relaxed atmosphere – it’s well worth including a visit in your holiday itinerary.

Attractions include the World of Beatrix Potter, Blackwell The Arts and Craft House and the Old Laundry Theatre.


Grasmere is one of the most picturesque villages in the Lake District and is well worth a visit. Take in spectacular views of the lake. Relax and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in one of the many cafes. Explore Dove Cottage, the former home of William Wordsworth, and Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery, learning about one of the founders of English Romanticism. A visit to this village would not be complete without sampling the world-famous Grasmere Gingerbread first introduced by the Victorian cook, Sarah Nelson in 1854.

Why not visit these events:


Ambleside is located in the heart of the Lake District and has lots of fantastic shops, cafes and restaurants. It’s not surprising so many tourists head to this remarkable town that has so much to offer. You can enjoy a cruise with Windermere Lake Cruises. Take a short walk from the centre of Ambleside to Stock Ghyll Force, a superb 70-foot waterfall. Visit the Armitt Museum to find out about the town’s history including local people like Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin.

Here are some great things happening in the area this year:


Keswick is a historic market town nestled between Skiddaw and Derwentwater. Visitors will discover fascinating medieval roots, a great range of shops, restaurants and visitor attractions. Noteworthy places to visit include Derwent Pencil Museum (Keswick was the home of the very first pencil), The Puzzling Place, Honister Salt Mine, The Lakes Distillery and the Theatre by the Lake.

Oh, and Keswick has been voted the UK’s most dog-friendly town several times. Pooches are made very welcome – perfect if you are bringing a four-legged friend on holiday with you!

Don’t miss out on these popular events:

Caterer.com has reported that 70% of people plan on taking a staycation in the UK in 2020, adding £27 billion to the economy.

So, why not join them and do your bit for both the UK economy and the environment.

Oh, and did you know that the Duchess of Cambridge revealed that the Lake District is a popular spot for their secret family holidays? Don’t worry Kate, your secret is safe with us!

The beautiful area has also provided inspiration for many writers, poets, artists and photographers over the years. The Lake District has also been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, joining amazing places like the Grand Canyon and the Taj Mahal.

So, don’t miss out on exploring this magnificent National Park that truly has something for everyone.

Herdwick Cottages is a family-run business, with lots of local knowledge. If you would like some help with planning a Lake District staycation, just get in touch and we will be happy to help.

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