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The Lake District

As well as camping in a Tipi in the Lake District there's so much to see & do!
You will find there just isn’t enough time to get to see all you want to in the Lake District so you will want to come back again and again to enjoy all its attractions.

In the Lake District you can walk, cycle and splash about here to your heart's content!

With 12 of the largest lakes in England and 3,500 kilometres of rights of way, this is truly one of Britain's breathing spaces.

ambleside the lake district
The lake of Cumbria, the Lake District
Ambleside which is only 2.5 miles from 4 Winds Lakeland Tipis is a major Lake District resort and it is a convenient base for a holiday in the area. Lying five miles north-west of the town of Windermere, Ambleside has been a settlement since pre-Roman times, although the present town largely grew up in the Victorian era. Orrest Head, above the town is considered by many to be the best viewpoint over Windermere. At 784 feet, some stunning views over the surrounding area may be had from its summit.

Hawkshead only 2 miles from 4 Winds Lakeland Tipis is a picturesque and charming village in the heart of the Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England. The area around Hawkshead offers a delightful place to visit, or to stay. Nestling in the beautiful vale of Esthwaite, Hawkshead is characterised by the cluster of whitewashed houses and is within easy reach for Sawrey, Outgate, Satterthwaite, Grizedale and Hawkshead Hill. Wander around Hawkshead with its beautiful old buildings, churches, and rich history. There you will find important connections with the poet William Wordsworth and children’s author Beatrix Potter. Then settle down to a delicious afternoon tea in one of the many cafés & tea-rooms, shops such as the eclectic Poppy Red or maybe sample some local ale in one of the village inns.The countryside surrounding Hawkshead promises the holiday visitor to the Lake District something for all the family - delightful walks - mountain biking and Go Ape in nearby Grizedale Forest - and some excellent fishing on Esthwaite Water.

You can explore the rustic Lakeland towns and villages, discover the history of the area at its castles and historical houses many of which are owned by the National Trust www.nationaltrust.com.

The National Trust was formed in 1896 by Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, Vicar of Crosthwaite, Keswick, Miss Octavia Hill and Sir Robert Hunter.

It is now responsible for the conservation and management of about one quarter of the Lake District National Park. The total of about 50,000 HA in turn is about a quarter of the Trust's entire holding in England and Wales. They control 90 farms, almost all the central fells area, the major valley heads, six of the main lakes and much of their shorelines.

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Why visit the Lake District?


The southeastern part of the Lake District National Park is the best known and most visited area. Spectacular Lake Windermere is the largest lake in England, measuring ten and a half miles long and a mile and a quarter across at it's widest point, with a depth of up to 220 feet. The lake is so large that it has a slight but discernable tide.

visiting the lake district cumbria
The surrounding scenery becomes progressively higher and more rugged to the north, and the lush wooded hills which surround the southern section, magnificent when clad in Autumn colours, give way to the rugged grandeur of the often cloud capped Langdale Pikes, which are clearly visible from the mid and north sections of the lake.

Windermere which is only 7 miles from 4 Winds Lakeland Tipis is also the most commercialized of the English Lakes and a tourist magnet, which can often be very crowded in the spring and summer months, particularly along the east bank and parking spaces in the area can often be difficult to find. The less populated west bank of the lake is generally much quieter.

The lake has three principal towns on its east bank, the twin towns of Bowness and Windermere, and Ambleside which lies further to the north. Bowness has its origins in the 11th century, when the area was colonised by the invading Vikings, the name is said to derive from the Old Norse 'bogi nes' meaning 'promontory shaped like a bow'. The town has now merged with Windermere town, originaly the hamlet of Birthwaite, which owes its development to the arrival of the Kendal and Windermere railway, the establishment of which was staunchly opposed by the poet William Wordsworth, concerned that the influx of visitors would spoil the natural appeal of the lake.

lake district must see places
The name Windermere has it's origins in the tenth century when a Norse chief called Vinand bestowed upon the lake its name of 'Vinand's Mere.' As late as the the eighteenth century, the poet William Wordsworth often referred to the lake as 'Winandermere' in his writings and was a frequent visitor.

The lake is dotted with wooded islands, in all eighteen of them, the largest of which is the 40 acre Belle Isle, which lies just opposite Bowness and was once owned by the Curwen family, friends of Wordsworth. Formerly known as Long Holme, the island was renamed in the late eighteenth century in honour of Isabella Curwen, whose husband then purchased the island. Remains dating back to Roman times have been discovered on Belle Isle. It contains England's earliest completely round house, built in 1774 for an influential Nottingham merchant, Thomas English, at a cost of £5,000. Wordsworth disliked the building and scathingly referred to it as a "pepper pot". The house underwent extensive restoration after a disastrous fire in 1996.

photo of the lake district
The island was the subject of a minor seige during the English Civil War, Robert Phillipson, a local Royalist officer, was besieged by the Roundheads lead by Colonel Briggs, who fired cannon at the island from Cockshott Point, but his brother conducted a timely rescue. Burning with resentment at Briggs, Phillipson wildly rode his horse, sword in hand, into Kendal Church and attempted to abduct Briggs during the course of the service. He was chased out by the outraged and indignant congregation. Leaving in haste, Robert left his sword and helmet behind, which can still be seen on display at the church today.

The other smaller islands, owned by the National Park Authority, the National Trust, and the Royal Windermere Yacht Club, include Crow Holme, Hen Holme, the Lilies of the Valley, (There are two islands of this name, distinguished as East and West) Maiden Holme, Silver Holme, Thompson Holme and others. Holme is an old Norse word meaning 'island'.

What sporting activities take place in the Lake District?


The Lake District is the country's best outdoor playground. Walking, mountaineering, cycling, mountain biking, sailing, climbing canoeing, llama trekking and kayaking are all available in the Lake District and are right on your doorstep when you book a 4 Winds Lakeland Tipis camping holiday.

What sporting activities take place in the Lake District
We can introduce you to many of the activities mentioned above by www.riverdeepmountainhigh.co.uk where you can join in there activities whilst staying in a 4 Winds Tipi.

For a truly unique experience why not go llama trekking? Lake District Llama Trekking www.lakedistrictllamas.co.uk offer llama treks and picnics in many different locations.

For sporting events and locally sourced vegetarian food you can visit Wilf’s Café www.wilfs-cafe.co.uk in Staveley where you can enjoy free guided walks on Fridays and Sundays in the summer months.





The Lake District is a haven for food and drink lovers!


The area has always been renowned for its gastronomic delights especially the Cumberland Sausage the history of which you can find here:

food and drink of the lakes district
"About 45 years ago, a gentleman Butcher by the name of Billy Clague, was the manager at the Co-operative Butchers in Workington, Cumberland. He had been making Cumberland Sausage since the 1920’s.One of his apprentices Rodney Flett, himself from a family of Farmers and Butchers was learning the finer points of Master Butchery. Part of that training was how to make the famous “Cumberland Sausage” This involves using only natural ingredients and selected cuts of pork. It does not contain any added coloring or preservatives.(OK so adding chemicals might make the product look more attractive, and give it a longer shelf life, but if its real Cumberland Sausage you are looking for, then I guess you don’t want any additives).The meat is cut by hand and great care is taken to ensure there is no gristle (you know, those bits associated with sausages which stick between your teeth). The seasonings are prepared from a variety of spices and herbs (non of that pre-prepared stuff out of a packet). Once minced together the ingredients are mixed and filled by hand into natural pork casings." www.cumberlandsausage.co.uk.

The Lake District is also the home of Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding www.cartmelstickytoffeepudding.co.uk and Damson Gin and Ale www.masonsarmsstrawberrybank.co.uk.

There many famous restaurants in the area including www.millerhowe.co.uk and www.leclume.co.uk we are also home to Low Sizergh Barn www.lowsizerghbarn.co.uk which has many awards for its organic local produce and its working organic dairy farm. 4 Winds Lakeland Tipis always likes to promote local organic produce for guests when they come to stay with us.

So all you need to do now is go to our Bookings page and book your Lake District Camping holiday with a difference!

Visiting the Lake District


- cool camping - Camping in a Tipi in the lakes - Wigwam Camping - Group camping - Campsite in the Lake District - learn about the history of Cumbria - Camping in Windermere - UK Campsites - Tourist Information for the Lake District - Child friendly campsites in Cumbria - Wigwam holidays - Mountain walking holidays - tipi holidays UK - Cumbria camping locations - Ambleside campsites - Sleep in a Wigwam - Historic Buildings - Holiday in the Lake District - towns and villages - popular tourist attractions - Camping at Bowness - tipi camping - Outdoor activity centre - tepee holidays - wigwams - go glamping in the lakes district -

The history of Cumbria

the entire history of cumbria
Castles in Cumbria, English heritage sites, history of occupation in the lake district.

Lake District tourist information

lake district tourist information centre
Visitor centre, shops and accommodation list, campsites in the Lake District.

Mountain walking and climbing

mountain walking and climbing trips and holidays
Guided hill walks, mountain walking maps, hiker and backpacker youth hostels and digs.

Historic buildings and monuments

historic places, buildings and ancient monuments in Cumbria
National Trust buildings, ancient monuments and historic place in Cumbria.

Lake District tourist attractions

popular lake district tourist attractions and activities
Fun activities for kids, family trips in the lakes, activity centres and play areas.

Guided tours and outdoor trips

guided hill walking tours and outdoor activity trips
Walking holiday in Cumbria, guided tours and outdoor activities, hikers trails and paths.



















Cumbria towns and villages


- Ayside - Dockray - Pooley Bridge - Blancogo - Maryport - Orton - Sedbergh - St Bees - Ambleside - Bolton - Silecroft - Cleator - Aspatria - Nether Wasdale - Whitehaven - Carlisle - Garsdale - Buttermere - Bewcastle - Skelton - Ellenborough - Tebay - Millom -Garrigill - Casterton - Pennington - Witherslack - Elterwater - Kirkbride - Flookburgh - Workington - Brough - Egremont - Lindal - Threkeld - Stainburn - Brampton - Heversham - Beetham - Dalston - Great Urswick - Caldbeck - Duddon Valley - Low Lorton - Warwick On Eden - Eskdale Green - Broughton In Furness - Clifton - Irthington - Low Hesket - Irton - Beckermet - Seascale - Staveley - Silloth - Castle Carrock - Bowness On Windermere - Crook - Longtown - Winster - Ravenstonedale - Windermere - Cumwhitton - Grizebeck - Great Strickland - Roweltown - Blawith - Eskdale - Holmrook - Distington - Watermillock - Keswick - Ullswater - Bassenthwaite - Stanwix - Greystoke - Penton - Barrow In Furness - Dalton In Furness - Askam In Furness - Bampton - Crooklands - Frizington - Wetheral - Alston - Mealsgate - Wigton - Grasmere - Patterdale - Spark Bridge - Arnside - Grange Over Sands - Parton - Santon Bridge - Kendal - Ulverston -Dubwath - Askham - Cotehill - Hawkshead - Lorton - Tirril - Gilsland - Little Broughton - Gosforth - Ravenglass - Great Langdale - Sawrey - Shap - Cleator Moor - Cark In Cartmel - Troutbeck - Burrowgate -Ings - Coniston - Yanwath - Cockermouth - Cumwhinton - Langdale - Borrowdale - Haverigg - Southwaite - Milnthorpe - Winton - Little Langdale - Wasdale - Crosthwaite - Braithwaite - Hensingham - Satterthwaite - Wasdale Head - Calthwaite - Welton - Lamplugh - Oxenholme - Outgate - Dent - Uldale - Haverthwaite - Seathwaite - Armathwiate - Hesket Newmarket - Great Broughton - Barbon - Cartmel - Underskiddaw - Boot - Dearham -