"If time is on your side, a fantastic way to see the Lakes is by hot air balloon. Drifting high in the skies across the stunning vista is hard to beat, provided you've got a head for heights."

 

1. Balloon flights

If time is on your side, a fantastic way to see the Lakes is by hot air balloon. Drifting high in the skies across the stunning vista is hard to beat, provided you've got a head for heights. Prepare for unparalleled views of the area shared only with passing birds.

Info: high-adventure.co.uk, 015394 47599

2. Cedar Manor 

Located in the heart of Windermere village, Cedar Manor combines elegance and style with all the mod cons you'd expect in a hotel in the Lakes. A stunning country house retreat, it was built in 1854 and provides the perfect base from which to explore the area.

Info: cedarmanor.co.uk, 015394 43192

3. Walk the Windermere Way

No, it's not a Monty Python-style comedy manoeuvre - the Windermere Way is
a path that trails the entire circumference of the huge lake. At 45 miles in total, it's longer than your average after-lunch stroll, but it's well worth venturing part of the way to take in the views and walk off your day's indulgences. Make sure you pack a pair of comfortable shoes.

Info: windermere-way.co.uk

4. Windermere Lake Cruises

Whether you choose a cruise that travels the whole 17km of Windermere, or one of the many varied routes on offer, it's a spectacular way to enjoy Cumbria's amazing scenery.

Info: windermere-lakecruises.co.uk, 015394 43360

5. The World of Beatrix Potter

The enchanting world of Peter, Flopsy, Jemima Puddleduck and Co. has long been associated with the Lake District, thanks to Beatrix Potter's fondness for the area. Forget computer games, and instead immerse your family in the retro delights of Mr McGregor's garden - and the cheeky rabbit that frequents it.

Info: hop-skip-jump.com, 0844 504 1233

6. Jerichos at the Waverley

Fine surroundings should be closely followed by fine food, and Jerichos promises just that. Two AA rosettes and an entry in The Good Food Guide are just some of the reasons to make a stop here, but the strongest by far are the stunning plates of food, from pan-seared loin of Lakeland spring lamb to a divine lavender crème brûlée.

Info: jerichos.co.uk, 015394 42522

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