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In the second instalment of how the staff at Heart of the Lakes – Lake District Cottages explore the Lake District, we are going to take a look at how marketing manager Matt Hartnett would explore the Lake District National Park.


Matt Hartnett



What’s the best thing about the Lake District?

There is so much that’s great about the Lake District but one of the best things is just getting my walking boots on filling my bag with all the essentials that you need and then head to the hills. Whether you are looking for a short walk around a lake or a hike up a mountain there is a walk for age and abilities within the Lake District National Park.

If you had a few hours to spare in the Lake District what would you do?

If I had a couple of hours to spare I would definitely explore Ambleside with all the great Cafés and independent shops and of

Whats the best thing about the Lake District?

course the outdoor clothing shops there is always something for you to do. If that’s not for you, then you could hire an electric motorboat from Windermere Lake Cruises and enjoy an hour on the lake.

What’s your favourite Lake District Attraction?

This has to be one of the hardest decision when asked this question as the Lake District has so many great attractions. I have to narrow it down I would choose the Lakes Distillery.

You can find out more about how they make the Gin & Whisky and if you choose the right tour there is even a tasting. Also at the distillery you can meet the Alpacas or enjoy a light lunch in the Bistro.

What should visitors not miss when staying in the Lake District?

One thing that visitors can’t miss would be a trip to Hill Top on the west side of Windermere to explore the garden that inspired Beatrix Potter to write two of her books from Peter Rabbit and Friends collection.

I would recommend the spring months as it’s a perfect time to visit Hill Top and explore the gardens and see the first signs of colour.

What is your favourite place to capture the Lake District at its best.

The place which I am thinking of is probably not everyone’s cup of tea but I would have to say Claife Viewing Station.

With Lake views from every angle and the newly restored stain glass window, it is something that can’t be found everywhere.

There is also a Café & courtyard which serve some great cakes and treats.

If you feel you would like to enjoy how Matt explores the Lake District then take a look at one of our 300 perfectly placed Holiday Cottages in the Lake District National Park.

Perfect locations from which to explore the Largest UNESCO World Heritage site Lake District, Heart of the Lakes will be sure to have something perfect for you.

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