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Coach holidays to Lake District

Coach holidays to Lake District

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Mark says
Lake Windemere can be extremely busy during the summer months, so if possible it is better to enjoy a cruise on the Lake Coniston.
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Language: English
Currency: Pound Sterling
Time Zone: GMT
Tipping: 10 to 12% is usual for hotels with 10 to 15% being usual for restaurants. In each case, it is not necessarily added to the bill. If a service charge has already been added, no further tip is required.

Showcasing hills, mountains, moors and generally the most heart-stopping scenery in England, it's hardly surprising that coach holidays to the Lake District are popular year after year. William Wordsworth called it 'the loveliest spot man hath ever found' and even lived here between 1799 to 1808 in Dove Cottage, Grasmere. You can still visit it as the Wordsworth Museum today and see its author-related selection of manuscripts, books and paintings.

With the highest mountain (Scafell Pike) and deepest lake in England (Wastwater) and 885 square miles of uninterrupted fells, walking trails and picturesque lakes from Derwentwater to Windermere, it's easy to see how the landscape inspired and attracted the literary likes. Beatrix Potter also wrote her much-loved stories in this peaceful haven, more of which can be discovered at the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere.

Most Lake District coach holidays will include return coach travel, bed and breakfast or half board accommodation at a good 3 or 4* hotel in or around the national park, and included excursions to popular spots on the main lakes, like Lake Coniston, Keswick, Kendal, Windermere, Ullswater, Grasmere and picturesque Ambleside with its pubs and restaurants. Some include tours of famous landmarks such as Kirkstone Pass, and boat cruises on steamers across the lakes (most depart from Bowness or Ambleside) offering fantastic perspectives on already spectacular scenery.

The Lake District is also a walker's favourite destination. For those wanting to explore on foot but aren't confident on planning a route, there are also walking tours available with guided walks of Ambleside.

To help you have an enjoyable holiday in the Lake District, take a look at these additional useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):

Health and Travel Insurance
Mobile Phone Reception
Crime
Local Laws and Customs
Entry Requirements
Tourist Office

Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens are advised by some of our tour operators to have travel insurance before going on a tour or holiday, even if it happens to be in your country of residence. As a British citizen you will be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.

If you are visiting England from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from any member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can obtain free or reduced cost treatment with The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals planning on visiting the England.

If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in England simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.

Mobile Phone Reception
Beware if holidaying in the Lake District as mobile reception, especially when climbing screes or fells, isn't great. If you're exploring on your own, always make sure the rest of your group or accommodation staff know where you are going, and don't attempt any screes unless there are other people around or you are a seasoned walker.

Crime
Most destinations are generally trouble-free, however as with all places that you are not familiar with, keep an eye on your belongings and if necessary lock them away somewhere safe back at your hotel if possible. Keep an eye on everyone in your party and do not go off with people you do not know. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and don’t venture off on your own. 

Local Laws and Customs
Queuing is a British Institution - jump a queue at your own risk!

Drug offences will carry penalties in the UK, so avoid getting involved with anything whilst in England. Please note the narcotic plant Khat/Qat is legal in the UK, but is not in a majority of other countries so never try to export this when leaving the UK.

If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. For those people coming to the UK from the EU, you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty.

However, if you are travelling to the UK from outside of the EU, you are given an allowance of how much alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go above this allowance you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.

Entry Requirements
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in most cases an official form of identification such as a Driver's License will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so check before you travel.

If you are travelling to England from Australia, Canada or the USA, you must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the length of your stay. EU nationals need to have either a valid passport or identity card.

Visas for the UK are not required by those travelling from Australia, Canada, USA or EU for stays of up to six months.

Any other nationality looking to visit the UK must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.

Tourist office
For further information about visiting the Lake District you can visit the Official Tourism website at golakes.co.uk



The Lake District covers a vast area and therefore there is lots to see and do whilst staying here. Some things to think about may include:

Kendal: This historic market town is largely famous for its mint cake, found nestled among the rolling hills of the Lake District. It has in more recent years become a great shopping location with an eclectic mix of high street stores, speciality stores and factory outlets.

Lake Windermere: Possibly the most famous stretch of water in the Lake District, and certainly the largest, Lake Windermere  attracts tourists from across the world. Take a cruise which runs the length of the lake and links some of the attractions such as the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway on the south, Ambleside on the North and Bowness-on-Windermere in the East.

The Lake District Visitor Centre – Brockhole: The visitor centre overlooking Lake Windermere is definitely worth a visit when in the Lake District. At the Visitor Centre you will find a museum which is free to enter in addition to discovering more about the Lake District. Why not take a walk through the stunning landscaped garden for a picture perfect view of Lake Windermere.

Grasmere: Famous for its association with poet William Wordsworth who grew up in the town, Grasmere set alongside the lake which has the same name, is shrouded by a panorama of fells and mountains to provide the atmosphere described in Wordsworth's work. Whilst in Grasmere you can also visit his childhood home to discover what life was like for the family and their staff.  

The longest lake in the Lake District is Windermere at 10.5 miles, and the deepest, Wastwater at 243 feet.