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Spotlight on the Lake District

Radiating with sheer beauty, the Lake District is a very special place that brings together picturesque lakes, soaring fells, and stunning valleys. A captivating blend that makes it one of the most spectacular National Parks for inspiration or reflection. One that has sparked the literary imaginations of Williams Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

It’s also famous the world over for rugged outdoor pursuits. It was on Cumbria’s incredible terrain that the popular activities of fell walking, fell running and modern-day rock climbing emerged.

For a true authentic Lake District experience, nothing compares to boarding a boat.  From the water you get intimately connected with the twists and turns of the ever-changing lakeside and the diverse wildlife that inhabits it.  That’s why it’s great to keep your boat here and why Princess Motor Yacht Sales has a distributor here.

Derwent Water marina
Mooring at the well-serviced bustling marina of Portinscale, Keswick, you can take to the nearby Derwent Water and make the most of this pretty lake location. There’s an abundance of natural wonders to explore by boat, canoe and kayak, navigating peaceful sheltered coves and islands against the majestic backdrop of the Skiddaw, Cat Bells and Borrowdale hills. The location is also a hive of windsurfing and sailing activity. Why not have a go at Stand-Up Paddle Boarding?

Whitehaven marina
This great marina in the north west coast of England offers handy access to the Lakes.  It boasts 400 fully serviced pontoon marina berths plus many quay wall berths for larger boats.

Enjoying the waters

Excellent water sport centres serve all the main waters of Windermere, Ullswater, Coniston and Derwentwater. Lake Coniston is the best place to enjoy kayaking, enjoying an attractive sheltered location encircled by Lakeland valleys.

Feeling brave and don’t mind getting soaking wet? Then Keswick Adventure Centre might appeal with its ghyll scrambling and canyoning activity. Perform slides, jumps and scrambles as you descend the craggy Stoneycroft Ghyll in the Newlands Valley.

Wild swimming in tarns, lakes, and rivers is a great way to appreciate the scenery and serenity of the Lake District. The deep-watered Bassenthwaite Lake is a popular spot.

Early morning sunrise over Lake Windermere

Walker’s wonderland

For anyone with even a passing interest in walking, the Lake District is an idyllic location for gentle ambles up to challenging rock scrambling.

On the Haystacks fells, take a pleasurable walk up to the Blackbeck and Innominate Tarns. Start from either Honister Pass (or for a more strenuous hike, from Gatesgarth – near Buttermere).

Up for a bigger challenge? How about Scalfell Pike (at 978m, the highest mountain in England).   Taking approximately 4 hours to summit, the trail meanders through heather and grassland onto rocky scree and boulders. At the top of the summit plateau, the views on a clear day are amazing, combining Moasdale and Wastwater below and to the distance the southern lakes and Irish Sea.

Pretty villages

Chocolate box views are plentiful. Nestling in the Lakes’ heartlands, Grasmere is a delight to explore, charming visitors with quaint cottages, shops, pubs and cafes, along with its famous Grasmere Gingerbread.

If you’re around Eskdale, the beautiful Eskdale valley encompasses picturesque villages like Santon Bridge and Boot. Whilst there, a trip on the Ravenglass and Eskdale steam railway is a must.

While on the west coast of Cumbria, Ravenglass (the National Park’s only coastal town) the view of the shingle beach and fishermen’s cottages, looking out over the estuary, is simply breath-taking.

Find out more about the Princess Motor Yacht Sales distributor in the Lake District online or call +44 (0)1539 446004 or email [email protected]