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

1. Samling Hotel

Hotel · Ambleside Road, Windermere, Cumbria

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

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

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

Hostel · Skelghyll Ln. (at Waterhead), Ambleside, Cumbria

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

Boat or Ferry · 29 Manor Park, Keswick, Cumbria

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

Restaurant · 34 Lake Rd., Keswick, Cumbria

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

7.1
Pub · 2 Lake Road, Keswick, Cumbria

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

Café · Carlisle Railway Station (CAR) (Court Square), Carlisle, Cumbria

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.

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.

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

Other Great Outdoors · Honister Pass, Cumbria, Cumbria

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 ·

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 · Lake District, Keswick, Cumbria

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

7.0
Restaurant · Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria

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.