Why choose a Lake District Staycation?

The home of ‘fresh air tourism’, the Lake District has been welcoming visitors for staycations for hundreds of years. This makes the region one of the most established and experienced tourism sectors in the world.
The Lakes, as ‘Adventure Capital of the UK’, has been set up for outdoor and social distancing staycations for decades. We’re experts at it!
image of the Gondola on Coniston in the Lake District
Despite the long history of hospitality, Cumbria is one of the largest and least populated counties in England, and that means lots and lots of space. To get right away from it all head for the high fells, but even in the valleys, villages and towns you will find social distancing comes easily.
It’s quick and easy to get to the Lake District. You can be door-to-door, safely in your own vehicle, in around 4.5 hours from London. And it’s only 2.5 hours from Birmingham and Glasgow and 1.5 hours from Manchester and Newcastle.
And, while we may grumble about slow traffic on bank holidays occasionally, it’s just a little laid back. Certainly nothing compared with scenes of baking gridlock we’ve seen near beaches on the southern coast recently.

Can I still book a 2020 Staycation in the Lake District?

Yes, definitely. But. A huge pent up demand has seen bookings rocket. Many cottage owners and glamping providers sold out for summer staycations in the first two days after lockdown easement was announced. It’s expected that the summer holidays will sell out completely for self catering staycations, and the autumn is booking up fast.
Try Hoseasons for a quick overview of remaining availability. Lodge and Holiday parks in the Lake District are in glorious lakeside and countryside locations with well spaced luxury lodges, many with hot tubs.
Image courtesy of Drybeck Farm
image of a red Lake District staycation shepherd's wagon in a field with trees behind
Drybeck Farm still have some glamping availability for autumn and, at time of writing, have a few breaks available this summer in one of their Shepherd’s Wagons in the glorious Eden Valley. (See all Glamping providers )

What’s open in the Lake District

The Lake District really IS reopen. In the first week of the easement nearly all of the Animal Attractions are open. The Lake Cruises have restarted, with the exception of the Coniston Gondola which is hoping to open soon.
The Outdoor Activity sector is open for business and Lake District boat and bike hire are also open. You can find more up to date information on activities on offer in our What’s On pages.
A surprising number of indoor attractions are opening in the first weeks of July although a few are staging reopening in August. See our Places to Visit section for what’s open during your Lake District staycation.
Feeling in need of some post-lockdown alpaca stroking therapy? Wreay Syke Alpacas and Bardsea Alpacas in the south of the county offer ‘Alpaca trekking’ and ‘Meet the Alpacas’ in small, safe groups. In the north of the county head for Blencogo Farm Alpacas.
image of an alpaca

Are Lake District Staycations wise?

The Lake District is very dependent on visitors for its economy. Your accommodation provider, activity guide and attraction staff depend on you being safe for a full tourism season.
They are taking this very seriously and have put numerous safety measures in place to ensure you thoroughly enjoy a safe and stress free Lake District staycation.
We all want the Lake District, and the whole of the UK, to beat coronavirus. Thank you for taking a Lake District staycation rather than getting on a flight.
Let’s stay down to earth this year and discover the wonderful staycation destinations on our doorstep.
And to make you even happier about choosing a staycation over a foreign holiday, see 6 good reasons to staycation in the UK this year from our friends at Staycations UK.
Beautiful Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick
image of castlerigg stone circle, as visitor attraction for a Lake District staycation