Destination of the Month: Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes
The glorious Lake District is the ideal place for a weekend of fresh air, exercise and great views
The Band, Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes are among the Lake District's most popular mountains, and if you visit, you'll see why.
Fabulous peaks, stunning views and challenging hikes attract many a keen walker. There are different routes to choose from, so you can select one to suit your own fitness levels.
Bowfell is the sixth-highest mountain in the Lake District; featured in Alfred Wainwright's 'best half dozen' Lake District fells, it's one of the most popular visitor routes. Many walkers pass through The Band on their journey up Bowfell.
The Langdale Pikes offer adventurous walks in truly dramatic landscapes. These mountains are characterised by steep, craggy peaks, which appeal to skilled climbers. However, some routes aren't as steep or challenging as they appear; so there are hiking options for most levels of walkers.
The Lake District National Park's natural beauty has inspired artists and writers for centuries. When you're done walking, nip into Windermere, Ambleside or Keswick, for cafés and restaurants aplenty, gifts, and some great outdoorsy shops.
Where to stay
Haven Lakeland Leisure Park
Moor Lane, Flookburgh, Cumbria LA11 7LT
T 01539 558556
Open 15 March to 4 November
Price £59pn for a family in August, with EHU. Discounts for longer stays.
Haven Lakeland is a great family holiday park offering water sports, an entertainment venue, and two heated swimming pools, indoors and out.
There are plenty of places to eat and dine, as well as a golf course, a nature trail, and a mini market. Try kayaking or paddle-boarding at the water sports centre.
The site has 177 flat, grass pitches, surrounded by beautiful scenery, lakes and fells. It's the perfect venue for a family break.