We went on an extended weekend-trip (4 full days) to the Lake District in August 2012 and until today we think of the Lake District as our favourite holiday destination in England and the second-best in the UK just after the Ben Nevis/Glencoe area in Scotland.
We stayed at a bed-and-breakfast in Bowness-on-Windermere and undertook daytrips from there to do some serious hiking. Most trips started with a boat ride on Lake Windermere.
We didn’t think that Bowness was impressive, bit of a strange mix of busloads of tourists everywhere but nothing much to do or see, but as soon as you leave town in any direction the nature just blows you away immediately.
We didn’t have a car and didn’t want to spend too much time on busses, so missed out on Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain at 978m, this time.
On one of our tours we were lucky in that there was a little fun fair in the village we started out tour from with lots of stalls serving hearty BBQ meat and sausages. It was only when we were on top of the mountain that we realised that the fair coincided with another major event: the annual mountain run. It was amazing to see mostly young men (but also a few older people and women) run up to the top of the mountain at incredible speed only to return at even fast speed back to the valley, for the winner to be awarded his trophy with (rightfully) great fanfare.