Ordnance Survey (OS) revealed that Cumbria was the most popular place in the UK for people to hike in 2019, with Ambleside placed in the top five of Britain’s favourite spots to start a walk.
Here are some suggestions of places to stay, eat and rest your feet after a long day of rambling this summer!
A touch of luxury in one of Britain’s favourite places to start a walk
The Samling Hotel, located just outside the town of Ambleside, offers ramblers a chance to experience a touch of luxury whilst exploring The Lake District. Overlooking Lake Windermere, the hotel is perfectly placed for guests to access one of Britain’s favourite places to start a walk. The Samling offers walkers a unique haven of bliss and comfort to enjoy whilst exploring trails in and around Ambleside. The Samling gives hikers the chance to enjoy discrete luxury with 12 contemporary suites, exceptional fine dining, one of the world’s best wine lists and an outdoor hot tub – the ideal place to come back to after a long day on The Lake District fells.
Best walks: With 67 acres of its own grounds to wander, the hotel also gives guests direct access to Wansfell where a six mile loop can be joined that takes walkers through Ambleside and Troutbeck.
B&B prices start from £230 per night. For more information, please visit www.thesamlinghotel.co.uk
A proper pub to start (or finish) your hike
The Hare & Hounds is located in an unspoilt gem of the south Lake District, the Lyth Valley, described by Lonely Planet as ‘one of the most beautiful places on earth’. The village of Levens and the surrounding countryside has walks for all ages and abilities and for guests looking to go further afield, the pub is minutes from the historic market town of Kendal and less than half an hour from the popular Lake District destinations Windermere and Ambleside.
The Hare & Hounds is the perfect place to retire after a day spent walking in the Southern Lake District. It’s a proper village pub, full of character, with a mean cocktail list, local cask ales, great craft beers and delicious comfort food. Complete with accommodation options including five bed and breakfast rooms, as well as a self-catering Barn Annexe, all of which are beautifully styled with lots of thoughtful touches to make for a lovely stay.
Best walks: Guests can walk along the limestone escarpment, Whitbarrow Scar where guests can take a seven mile walk from Mill Side, or tackle the six mile Arnside Knott route. For the best view of Lake Windermere, guests can drive ten minutes to start the route to Gummers How.
B&B prices start from £130. For more information, please visit www.hareandhoundslevens.co.uk
Base yourself at a ‘bistro with beds’ before braving the fells
The Yan at Broadrayne is a contemporary bistro with beds overlooking the Central Fells – a stunning viewpoint where guests can see the bright green Lake District summer scenery at its best. The 17th Century former farm has seven family-friendly plush en-suite bedrooms, a rustic bistro, an open-plan lounge area, and a three level roof terrace which is the perfect sun trap for a nice cold beer after a day tackling the surrounding landscape. Family-run, The Yan epitomises Cumbrian hospitality, offering guests a wholesome welcome and hearty food. Close to Grasmere, The Yan is the ideal base for those who want to hike their way round the Lake District this summer.
Best walks: Guests have an endless selection of walks that start at The Yan such as a four mile loop around Grasmere and a walk that takes a couple of hours from The Yan to the stunning Alcock Tarn.
Prices at The Yan start at £90 B&B rate per night. For more information please visit www.theyan.co.uk
Walking with the family and canine companions?
Ullswater Heights is a stunning, brand-new luxury holiday park from five-star resort operator Leisure Resorts. The resort offers gorgeous holiday lodges for ownership or holidays, including spa getaways and a UK-first: centrally heated glamping tents with Jacuzzis – perfect for resting your legs after a day exploring nearby Ullswater.
The whole park is secure, family-friendly and dog-friendly, with a concierge service to cater for guests’ every whim and an on-site restaurant for an easy meal after a long day roaming in the Lake District.
Best Walks: The trails near Ullswater – just a few miles from Ullswater Heights – are a must-see. This Lake District jewel boasts incredible views, different grades of walk from adventurous climbs to pleasant strolls for the family. The famous Aira Force waterfall near Ullswater is sure to be a hit.
Stays in the Safari Tents cost from £486 a week for the single-storey tent that sleeps six, or £558 per week for a two-storey tent that sleeps eight. Holiday lodge rentals start from £464 per week and range up to £2,200 pounds for the most luxurious rentals at peak times. See www.hoseasons.co.uk/lodges/ullswater-heights-ulls for up-to-date prices.
More adventurous? Try mountain bike breaks at Langdale Hotel
Biketreks specialist cycle store, Lakes MTB and Langdale Hotel have joined forces to offer the ultimate mountain bike adventure break in the Lakes. Running regularly throughout the year, the package includes three nights’ luxury accommodation, two days of guided riding with a British Cycling qualified guide, secure bike storage, laundry and drying facilities, qualified mechanic for last minute tune ups in Biketrek’s workshop, breakfast each day, t shirt and water bottle. Biketreks can even hire a pro photographer to document guests’ guided rides so that they can go home with some killer shots of their experience.
Adventurers can ease aching limbs in the 20m pool, spa pool, sauna and steam room, grab a bite to eat in Stove or Wainwrights Inn, dry wet kit using the hotel drying facilities and get their heads down for a blissful night’s sleep in their stylish room complete with Egyptian cotton bedding and Pure Lakes luxury toiletries.
Bike routes: Biketrek’s take care of all the routes and guests can book onto their adventure breaks online.
Prices start from £495 for the weekend. For full itineraries and dates please visit www.bike-treks.co.uk/collections/luxury-guided-mtb-adventure-breaks. To find out more about Langdale Hotel please visit www.langdale.co.uk