Holiday Inspiration from the Comfort of Your Own Home
By Mary Mason
We hope that you are all keeping safe and well.
Whilst holidays may be on hold at the moment, there is certainly lots going on behind the scenes at Herdwick Cottages.
Rest assured, we will be here for you with our fantastic range of properties in Cumbria and North Yorkshire, as soon as we are able to go on holiday again.
Over the coming months, we would like to share a series of articles to give you some inspiration for future holidays.
And what better place to start than to take a look at some beautiful places in the Lake District, the largest National Park in England.
As we can’t visit places in person at the moment, we thought it would be nice to share some webcam links with you, courtesy of some fantastic local businesses.
So, here you go – explore this stunning area from the comfort and safety of your own home.
Windermere is the largest natural lake in the National Park.
It forms the central spine of this beautiful area, known as the South Lakes.
There are many great places to visit nearby, including Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere.
Ambleside is a small town located in the Rothay Valley, one mile north of Windermere lake. With many shops, pubs and restaurants, it’s a fantastic centre for tourists, particularly those with a love for walking and climbing.
Bowness-on-Windermere is another town popular with holidaymakers, situated on the shore of Windermere. It was originally a small fishing village, dating back to the 15th century. The railway line arrived in 1847, bringing lots of Victorian tourists to the town.
Check out this live view over Windermere.
This webcam is courtesy of Brockhole, the Lake District National Park Authority Visitor Centre, located between Ambleside and Windermere.
Coniston is a pretty village in the heart of the Lake District with shops, pubs and places to eat.
It’s a great place to stay if you want to get out and explore the surrounding fells and mountains.
Above the western shore, you’ll find the Old Man of Coniston. From the top of this fell, you can enjoy spectacular views of the lake and village.
Take a look at Coniston Water which is half a mile from the village.
This webcam is courtesy of Coniston Boating Centre.
Ullswater is one of England’s most beautiful lakes, located in the stunning Eden Valley.
It’s close to picturesque Lakeland fells and is a popular spot for tourists. There are many towns and villages to explore in the area, including Pooley Bridge, Glenridding and Patterdale.
You can enjoy lots of exhilarating outdoor activities around here, or perhaps you’d prefer to take it easy with some gentle strolls – there’s something for everyone.
Here we have a live feed of Ullswater Lake, courtesy of the Inn on the Lake, a beautiful hotel in Glenridding.
Keswick is a bustling market town in the north of the Lake District.
It has a superb range of visitor attractions, shops, pubs and restaurants.
It’s also one of the main centres for outdoor activities in the UK.
This webcam is provided by one of Keswick’s most popular stores, George Fisher, selling a wide range of outdoor clothing and equipment.
Take a 15-minute leisurely stroll from the centre of Keswick and discover Derwentwater, commonly referred to as “Keswick’s Lake”.
Derwent Water is surrounded by the hills of Borrowdale, Cat Bells and Skiddaw.
It’s an area where you can discover lots of wildlife, including birds, red squirrels and otters.
Derwent Water Marina can be found in the north-west part of the lake with outstanding views of the mountains.
Check out their webcam at Portinscale, a quaint village close to Keswick.
Bassenthwaite Lake is one of the largest water bodies in the English Lake District.
The area is perfect for a spot of birdwatching and has been designated as a National Nature Reserve.
View the stunning lake from this webcam, thanks to Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa:
We will certainly be able to enjoy some fantastic holidays with friends and family in the not too distant future.
And when that time comes, we’ll be here with our extensive range of holiday properties – something for everyone and to suit all budgets.
Our stunning countryside is going absolutely nowhere.
Stay safe and healthy everyone.
Look out for further holiday inspiration over the coming months.