36 hours in... the Lake District
Samling Hotel is one of 36 hours in... the Lake District.

1. Samling Hotel

Ambleside Road, Windermere, Cumbria
Hotel · 2 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Over at the north end of Windermere, The Samling (thesamlinghotel.co.uk) is one of the Lake District’s most luxurious addresses, tucked away on a private drive. A stately elegance. Doubles from £280

Howe Keld is one of 36 hours in... the Lake District.

2. Howe Keld

5-7 The Heads, Keswick, Cumbria
Bed & Breakfast · 1 tip

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Howe Keld (howekeld.co.uk) is the pick of Keswick’s numerous B&Bs. Rooms are sleek and contemporary, and breakfast treats include pancakes, veggie rissoles and fresh smoothies. Doubles £90 to £130.

YHA Ambleside Youth Hostel is one of 36 hours in... the Lake District.

3. YHA Ambleside Youth Hostel

Skelghyll Ln. (at Waterhead), Ambleside, Cumbria
Hostel · 6 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Keswick’s thoroughly modernised YHA (keswick@yha.org.uk) has a riverside location overlooking Fitz Park. Dorms from £18, doubles from £45.

Keswick Launch is one of 36 hours in... the Lake District.

4. Keswick Launch

29 Manor Park, Keswick, Cumbria
Boat or Ferry · 2 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Start with a twilight cruise across Derwentwater aboard the Keswick Launch (01768 772263; keswick-launch.co.uk). The lake looks at its best in the light of early evening, bathed in pastel colours.

5. Morrels

34 Lake Rd., Keswick, Cumbria
Restaurant · 2 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Have supper at Morrels (01768 772666; Lake Road, mains £10.95 to £19), a townhouse bistro that serves modern British dishes among pop-art prints and gloss-wood floors.

Dog & Gun is one of 36 hours in... the Lake District.

6. Dog & Gun

7.7
2 Lake Road, Keswick, Cumbria
Pub · 20 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Pop down homely pub the Dog & Gun (01768 773463). And drink with a clear conscience: for every pint of Thirst Rescue, the Dog & Gun donates to the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team.

Pumpkin Café Shop is one of 36 hours in... the Lake District.

7. Pumpkin Café Shop

Carlisle Railway Station (CAR) (Court Square), Carlisle, Cumbria
Café · 3 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Pick up a gourmet picnic from Pumpkin (01768 775973; 19 Lake Road), Keswick’s classiest artisan café, and stroll up to the Castlerigg Stone Circle, dramatically sited on a hilltop outside Keswick.

Borrowdale is one of 36 hours in... the Lake District.

8. Borrowdale

Trail · 3 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Hop into the car and drive south into Borrowdale, perhaps the quintessential Lakeland valley, with its patchwork of dry-stone walls, bottle-green meadows and slate-topped cottages.

Lodore Falls is one of 36 hours in... the Lake District.

9. Lodore Falls

River · 1 tip

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: After visiting Borrowdale, stop off at the local beauty spots of Lodore Falls and Watendlath Tarn.

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Pop in for homemade scones and jam sponges at the Flock-Inn Tearoom (01768 777675; borrowdaleherdwick.co.uk; cakes £3 to £5), a farmhouse café in the little hamlet of Rosthwaite.

Honister Slate Mine is one of 36 hours in... the Lake District.

11. Honister Slate Mine

Honister Pass, Cumbria, Cumbria
Other Great Outdoors · 2 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Perched between Borrowdale and Buttermere is Honister Slate Mine (01768 777230; honister-slate-mine.co.uk), where you can take a tour into one of the disused mines (£9.95/ £4.95 adults/ children).

12. Loweswater Show

Outdoors & Recreation · 1 tip

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: After dinner, take a dusk stroll around the peaceful shores of Loweswater.

Bassenthwaite Lake is one of 36 hours in... the Lake District.

13. Bassenthwaite Lake

Lake District, Keswick, Cumbria
Lake · 3 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: If you're staying in Keswick, head three miles north to Bassenthwaite Lake where you can spy on England’s only resident ospreys from two treetop hides in Dodd Wood.

The Pheasant Inn is one of 36 hours in... the Lake District.

14. The Pheasant Inn

7.5
Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria
Restaurant · 5 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Lunch at the excellent Pheasant Inn (01768 776234; mains £12 to £20) . It’s a Lakeland classic, full of hunting prints, beams and hearths, and it serves superb country food.