If animals aren’t the main focus of your interest then enjoy the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway, where you can travel through time, enjoying a leisurely journey through the Leven Valley watching the gorgeous scenery. The Lake District is also the location to enjoy great walks and outdoor pursuits, with many centres located around the area where you can begin a new hobby or just enjoy a current one.
The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness-on-Windemere, Cumbria LA23 3BX (0844) 504 1233
One of the Lake District’s most famous residents; Beatrix Potter, is celebrated in The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction.
Split into six parts, the attraction takes the visitor through Beatrix Potter’s life and work, including a short introduction to all 23 of her tales followed by an indoor and outdoor journey through the lives of Jemima Puddle-duck and Peter Rabbit.
Lakes Aquarium, Lakeside, Newby Bridge, Cumbria LA12 8AS (015395) 30153
Located on the shores of Lake Windermere, the Lakes Aquarium showcases 13 separate areas in the sub aqua world. Venture beneath Lake Windermere or under deepest darkest Africa to see species ranging from carp to piranhas.
Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel
You really can’t go wrong with the Lindeth Howe Hotel, especially if you’re looking for tranquility, character and history. Perched above Lake Windermere (whose view is idyllic from the third floor), Lindeth Howe can appear a little old-fashioned at first, but its charming quality, attentive staff and indoor swimming pool and sauna really made my stay a relaxing one. Paul Bingley
Windermere Quays Boat Hire, Glebe Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3HE
There’s nothing quite like a relaxing day bobbing about on Lake Windermere, and thanks to Windermere Quays Boat Hire, you can be the captain of your very own ship.
Offering rowing boats and compact electric launches for hire at a very reasonable fee (you also receive detailed instruction, so don’t worry), Windermere Quays also offers a café restaurant and bar from which to view the watery scene.
My family and I enjoyed a fun hour away from the shore and managed to return the boat without so much as a sinking, capsizing or collision! Paul Bingley