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Discover the Lake District National Park in 2019

In 2018 the Lake District National park became a UNESCO World Heritage site. We all know the Lake District is loved for its amazing landscape, and its literary associations.

With so much to explore, we’ve pulled together a few National Trust locations should visit while you’re in the Lake District. But remember every pound you spend with them allows them to look after all the places that people love about the Lake District.

1. Claife Viewing Station

Picturesque eighteenth-century view point

This fascinating viewing station was once a popular Victorian tourist attraction. Now restored, enjoy endless lake views through coloured panels and treat yourself to a cake and coffee in the cosy courtyard café.

A couple of properties that are perfect for you if you want to visit Claife Viewing Station;

  • High Cunsey Farm - 5 star | Sleeps 10 | Lake Views | WiFi | prices from £1,545
    High Cunsey Farm is a property you will book for your Lake District holiday and never want to leave! Featured in Cumbria Life - Its unique setting within 9 acres of land and access to launch a small boat from the lake shore makes this a truly special place.
  • Rowan Cottage - 4+ star | Sleeps 5 | Pets accepted | WiFi | prices from £440
    This picturesque part of The Lake District, much loved by Beatrix Potter and where she made her home, offers guests a chance to relax and enjoy the peacefulness and charm of one of the prettiest parts of The National Park.

2. Wray Castle

Arrive by boat or foot at this lakeside Victorian castle

See the new exhibition ‘Convention and Control: The Women of Wray Castle’ or, if its family fun you’re looking for, the Peter Rabbit Adventure and dressing up are perfect for the young ones.

Here are a couple of choices for you to book if you want to explore Wray Castle.

  • Jane’s Cottage - 4 star | sleeps  2 | Pet accepted | WiFi | prices from £390
    'Jane's Cottage' makes a beautiful getaway for two in the heart of the countryside. On a working farm, you can get a true feel of being part of the farming community. Be woken by the cockerel crowing at sunrise, get the warmth from the AGA and have fresh eggs for breakfast.
  • Pullwood Bay - 5 to 4+ star | sleeps 2 to 6 | Lake Views | WiFi | prices from £410
    Pullwood Bay is located on the quieter, north west shore of Lake Windermere, two miles from Ambleside and within walking distance of the Drunken Duck! It has a private jetty and shingle beach from which to launch sailing dinghies or kayaks and 'the best views from any holiday property on Lake Windermere'.

3. Tarn Hows & Coniston

Majestic views and peaceful walks.

Walks through beautiful countryside with something different every season, this includes an accessible 1 ¾ mile route round Tarn Hows (the National Trust has scooters available FREE of charge)

  • Yew Tree Farm - 4+ star | sleeps 6 | Pet accepted | WiFi | prices from £635
    This truly iconic Lake District farmhouse nestles in the quiet Coniston valley and is one of the most well known and most pictured buildings in the National Park. Once owned by Beatrix Potter, who left it to The National Trust, it was used as Miss Potter's home in the film 'Miss Potter'.
  • Forest Cottage - 4+ star | sleeps 4 | Pet accepted | WiFi | prices from £464
    Forest Cottage is one of 5 cottages at Townson Ground, a 400 year old country estate tucked away between the lake and Grizedale Forest at the north eastern end of Coniston Water. Surrounded by farmland once owned by Beatrix Potter, the location of Forest Cottage is simply superb for everything "Lake District"

4. Sticklebarn & the Langdales

Good walks and a pub with a difference

An outdoor paradise any time of year with rugged slopes, gentler routes and mountain tarns, with a cracking pint at the National Trust pub, Sticklebarn.

  • Rawfell - 4 star | sleeps 8 | Pet accepted | WiFi | prices from £625
    If you are looking for a comfortable retreat for a family holiday at any time of the year you really need look no further. This most desirable holiday home is in a truly delightful setting in the magnificent valley of Great Langdale.
  • Middlefell Farm Cottage - 3+ star | sleeps 4 | Logburner or fire | prices from £325
    Middlefell Farm is a picturesque and traditional stone built Lakeland hill farm, nestling quaintly under the Langdale Pikes at the head of the beautiful Langdale Valley. The farmstead, which was built at the turn of the 17th century, extends to some 260 acres in all with over one thousand Herdwick sheep and a mixed herd of beef cattle.

5. Beatrix Potter Gallery

Beatrix’s original artwork and personal items

In 2018 explore ‘The Right Sort of Women’ and exhibition about Beatrix and her role as businesswoman and conservationist in Cumbria.

  • Sandy Wyke - 4 star | sleeps 4 | Wifi | prices from £390
    Here you can relax and enjoy the pleasures of village life just a short stroll to the pubs and cafes, local shopping for your everyday needs. With wonderful countryside all around, you can explore and ramble in the heart of Beatrix Potter country and there is hardly any need to use the car once you have settled in.
  • Syke Cottage -  5 star | sleeps 6 | Wifi | Log burner or fire | prices from £621
    Pretty as a picture this sympathetically renovated Lakeland Cottage will surely be the venue for many happy holidays.  Syke Cottage is set on the south side of Hawkshead amid a small cluster of buildings on the road out of the village.