Can I see the Lake District from London in One Day?
We are delighted to say the answer is yes and will tell you how shortly.
This type of question is one we are regularly asked by those who have regular short trips to London and get the odd free day off. They have seen London, seen Bath, Stonehenge etc. and are looking for something different and a little farther a field to see. With this in mind a visit to the North West of England to the stunning Lake District could not be a better choice and there is a day tour that will take you there. Please see below for details.
The Lake District National Park is in the northwest corner of England, in the county of Cumbria. We’ve mountains, valleys, villages, towns, coastline and of course lakes!
A special corner of England
The cultural heritage of the Lake District is as unique as its geography. Visitors today can indulge in local treats like Cumberland sausage and enjoy centuries old traditions such as hound trailing and rushbearing. The area has also inspired many famous writers.
And if you’ve ever wondered why the Lake District looks the way it does, here are some answers:
Why are so many cottages painted white?
Houses and farms used to be treated with red lead and then limewashed, which whitens, to keep out the damp. Many of today’s homeowners have continued this look by painting their houses white.
Why are there so many dry stone walls?
Dry stone walls are used to divide up the farming landscape and clear the fields of stones. The fields around farm in the valleys are known as in-bye fields, but the fields up the fellside have been ‘taken’ from the fell and are known as in-take fields. The land above the highest wall is the open fell.
Why are there old fireplaces in fields and walls?
Although some may belong to ruined cottages, many are lime kilns. The chemical compound lime is made from heating limestone. When mixed into soil it sweetens acidic soils and helps improve farmland fertility. Farm and field kilns were built close to where lime was needed. Find out more in Learning – Lime kilns.
Why are some of the sheep grey?
These are hardy Herdwick sheep, reputedly brought in by the Vikings. They cope especially well with the Lake District’s extreme conditions. Without their grazing, the fells would be covered in trees and scrub.
Why is a stream called a beck?
Many Lake District names come from the Norse settlers in the tenth century for example: beck (stream), dale (valley), gill (gorge), tarn (lake) and thwaite (clearing).
Where are Cumberland and Westmorland?
These are the names of the old counties which contained the Lake District. They were merged with parts of Yorkshire and Lancashire to become Cumbria in 1974. The names still live on in Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, Cumberland sausage and local names such as the Westmorland Gazette newspaper.
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Visiting Lake District from London in a Day
The quickest and best way to do this is by an organised day tour by train from London that is then replaced by an organised local bus tour service that is your transport and guide for the day visiting; Hill Top Shop and Gardens, Hawkshead Village, Bowness and Tarn Hows.
Tour through Yewdale Valley, Visit Rydal Mount and also Cream Tea at Beatrix Potter’s Own Home Lindeth Howe for more details click here.
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