The UK hospitality industry is open for business once again, and for many families, it’s the second year they’ll be taking the unusual step of staying at home for the summer.
The Lake District remains a popular choice for staycation-ers, particularly since it offers the one thing we all need right now: fresh, clean air.
The outstanding scenery in the Lake District is just one benefit. Ample coffee shops, bars, and fine restaurants are available alongside the usual camping and caravanning spots. And this summer, warmer weather and reopened indoor dining makes it the perfect time to explore what this outstanding National Park has to offer.
Open For Business
If you’re ready to blow the cobwebs away, a trip out on Windermere could be just the ticket during your Lake District break. You can book motorboats, kayaks, or sailboats online, or even treat the family to a day out on a yacht.
Lake Rangers and volunteers have been recruited to patrol the area to maintain Covid safety as visitor numbers ramp up. To avoid a surge in cases, the local authority has worked hard to open up more car parks, toilets, and increase refuse collections.
You can play your part by being mindful of your surroundings and ‘leaving no trace’ when it’s time to head home. This helps with Covid safety and also reduces the impact on the local wildlife.
Where to Stay in the Lake District
The Lake District has an abundance of B&Bs, hotels, and caravan parks ready and waiting for the summer influx. Self-catering is always an option if you’d rather not rejoin the throngs just yet.
For those in a large group, staying overnight may be subject to restrictions. The villages around Patterdale and Ambleside offer some great spots for camping, which gives you more flexibility to get together in larger groups outdoors. And if you’re bringing the family dog, a 5-star dog-friendly cottage in Keswick or Brigsteer could offer a welcome home from home.
If you’re fortunate enough to find a vacancy, the Whinfell Forest Center Parcs is a great option for families. Visitors can enjoy getting back to nature after a long winter lockdown, with falconry, red squirrel trails, and pony rides on offer. Center Parcs has been open for a while offering table service and distanced seating, a welcome change that has made its resorts less crowded.
All accommodation providers are issuing advice to visitors ahead of their trip to the Lake District. It’s important to pay attention to this: you will certainly need to provide your details for track and trace before you arrive. In some cases, facilities will be closed to visitors, and this may change close to your date of travel.
Are You Insured For a UK Break?
Many of us believe that we don’t need insurance for UK holidays, but if Covid-19 has taught us anything, it’s that we just never know when our plans will have to change. Travel insurance is a wise investment this time; even a basic plan will cover you up to £1,000 if you have to cancel your holiday or cut it short.
Before packing the car and heading off to the Lakes, find out more about travel insurance that will cover you for a medical emergency or cancellation.