The Lake District is one of the most beautiful areas in the United Kingdom and well worth a visit. The beautiful landscapes are packed full of exciting things to do and see. One of the best ways of seeing the Lake District is by booking a place on one of our hot air balloon rides. When it comes to hot air balloon rides in Lake District, some might claim that there are no finer sights on the planet. Experience a bird’s eye view of the rolling hills and stunning freshwater lakes by booking a place on one of our Lake District flying experience days today. Once you have seen the area from the air you will no doubt want to explore it on the ground. Here are some of the top places to visit in the Lake District.

1. Windermere

Windermere is quite possibly the best known place in the Lake District thanks to it being the subject of hundreds of books and poems. The stunning Lake is brimming with water sports activities. Take a trip on the ferry that crosses the Lake at regular intervals, or hire a rowing boat and take to the water yourself. The small bustling town of Ambleside is only a mile away and is packed full of inviting shops and tempting cafes for you to enjoy.

2. Coniston Water

Coniston Water is approximately five and a half miles wide and is well known for being the place where Sir Donald Campbell tragically lost his life in his attempt to break the world speed record in his Bluebird. Rowing boats are available to hire on the water, but if you fancy something of a more cultural nature you could always take a trip to the Ruskin Museum in Brantwood, or The Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead.

3. Helvellyn

If you enjoy hiking then Helvellyn will be a treat for sure! As the third highest peak in England, the mountain attracts walkers from all over the world. Striding Edge is one of the best scrambling routes in the country, but it is also one of the most dangerous. Make sure that you are properly equipped before you go out onto the hills as the weather can change in an instant. You may not reach the top, but you will certainly find some fantastic photo opportunities no matter how high you reach.

4. Keswick

Just north of Derwent Water, Keswick is a friendly market town which dates back to the 13th century. The town hosts an annual beer festival and mountaineering race. The highly respected Theatre by the Lake also operates in Keswick and attracts thousands of theatregoers to its stages every year. It is also home to the Cumberland Pencil Museum which holds what is claimed to be the world’s largest pencil! Being the Lake District, there are plenty of outdoor activities to try in Keswick and there is no need to worry about being short of equipment due to the high number of outdoor shops.