The Hidden Secrets of the Lake District

15.8 million people make the trip to the Lake District each year, but despite the popularity of the region overall, the vast majority of those people visit the same old tourist traps Lake Windermere, Ambleside, Keswick, and so on. Although these are certainly places to visit if you’ve never been to the Lakes before, you shouldn’t feel as though you’ve exhausted all of your options once you’ve been to these iconic locals. In actual fact, there’s so much more to see and do in the Lake District, so once you feel like you’ve done the obvious tourist traps, take a look at our guide to the hidden gems of the Lakes, and find yourself a secret of the Lakes.

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The Sky Blue of the Rannerdale Bluebells

Generally speaking, the Lake District is known for its vast expanses of water, but that isn’t exclusively what it has to offer. Taking a trip to the outskirts of the Rannerdale Knotts, you’ll find yourself astounded by the rustic, wild fields packed full of Bluebells. Of course, this is only a view that’s available for a very brief amount of time, essentially the month of April and very early May, but the exclusivity of this experience is part of what makes it so special.

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Levers Water, the Hidden Secret of Old Man

The Old Man is a climb and walk up through Coniston, which sits at the heart of the Lake District. Throughout the walk, you’ll be presented with breath taking views of the Lakes’ most expansive landscapes. As a result, this is a road well-travelled, but if you want to go the extra mile (literally), you can find yourself somewhere quite well-hidden: the Levers Water – a precarious, steep climb surrounded by cutting waterfalls. Not only is this a unique part of the lakes’ identity, it’s also a real spectacle and contrast to most of what the Lake District has to offer.   

St. Bartholomew's Church, Berchtesgaden
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Windermere Winter Wonderland: A Cloud Conversion

Although, naturally, many more people visit the Lakes during the spring and summer when it is at its most dry and placid, there are some things that you really need to experience which will force you to break the habit. For example, if you can brave the weather, seeing Lake Windermere on a chilly winter morning will be something you never forget.  If it’s cold enough, the surface will be covered in foggy cloud conversion. Of course, you’ll need to be there early, so stay nearby (somewhere like the offerings of Chic would be best), and wake up early. If you can be there for 7 am, it will be worth it.

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