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The 13 best things to do in the Lake District

There are more things to do in the Lake District than stunning views and huge bodies of water. Sure, those are the main draws, but there are also loads of other attractions when you’re craving a hike up a pike or a freshly poured pint. Nestled amongst the mountainous terrain is a bevy of brilliant eateries, watering holes, museums and historic buildings—look out for Wordsworth’s old stamp shop, the last working mine in the country and gingerbread made to a 160-year-old recipe. If you're looking for a comfortable place to rest your head, there are plenty of hotels and good value inns. Have a ganders at our selection of the best things to do in the Lake District, and start exploring this fascinating part of the world. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The 15 best hotels in the Lake District

The bewitching glacier-ground landscapes of England’s north-western corner have made it a magnet for lovers of the outdoors ever since poet William Wordsworth wandered here (lonely as a cloud). Already the UK’s most visited national park, the Lake District’s recent UNESCO listing is likely to attract even more admirers of its natural beauty, picturesque villages, cultural history, plentiful outdoor activities and distinctive gastronomy. You can still escape the hordes on the fell tops – but you can also soothe your aching muscles in a boutique spa. Style and quality are on the up in the region’s hotels and there have been some impressive new openings. The pick of these is the impossibly pretty Forest Side. But the Lakes virtually invented the country-house hotel, and the likes of Sharrow Bay and the Gilpin won't be easily eclipsed. There's also a strong showing from proper pubs with rooms. From remote bivouacs to lakeside luxury, here’s our pick of the best hotels in the Lake District.

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