World Heritage Lake District National Park on the doorstep

Lake District on the doorstep

The Tranquil Otter is located just slightly north of the UNESCO World Heritage Lake District National Park. Close enough to access it in a short drive and enjoy all its glories but being on the outside edge means you can get away from the crowds and retreat back to your own lake view from your Tranquil Otter lodge.

UNESCO World Heritage status was awarded in July 2017, making it now part of a special family of iconic places across the planet, like the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, Easter Island, the Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon and many other world famous locations.

World Heritage Lake District National Park on the doorstep | The Tranquil Otter

5 amazing reasons to love The Lake District

1. Some of the best walking country in the world

Grab your hiking boots and head out into some of the most dramatic and stunning walking country you’ll ever see. For the adventurous, you can follow in the footsteps of the world famous Alfred Wainwright who documented the high peaks and valleys throughout the region.

There are also amazing walks for those who want a more leisurely stroll or with limited abilities through the Miles Without Stiles initiative.

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Miles Without Stiles:

Finding great walks:

Tranquil Otter guest popular walks:

2. Michelin-starred cuisine

When it comes to indulgent and award-winning food, Cumbria knows how to serve up mouth-watering meals cooked with only the best local produce. The region is home to four of the North’s eight Michelin-starred restaurants. Treat yourself! 

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Great places to eat in Cumbria:

Daily Telegraph review of Lake District Dining:

3. You can watch the sun go down over Hadrian’s Wall

Begin your exploration of Roman Britain with a visit to Hadrian’s Wall.  This UNESCO World Heritage site stretches across 73 miles from Bowness-on-Solway to Wallsend near Newcastle, and a tour along its remaining walls and forts will give you a taste of Centurian life.  The sight of the walls at sunset is truly breathtaking and definitely a moment you’ll want to capture, so be sure to bring your camera.

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4. Magnificent houses and buildings

Explore magnificent houses and buildings from Carlisle’s Cathedral and Castle, to Lowther and Beatrix Potter’s home at Far Sawry. The region has scores of interesting and beautiful buildings to enjoy.

Plan your visit by clicking on our Historic Houses and Stately Homes in Cumbria to find out more.

Acorn Bank (Temple Sowerby, near Penrith)

Askham Hall (Askham, near Penrith)

Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens (Dalemain, Penrith)

Hutton-in-the-Forest (Penrith)

Kirklinton Hall & Gardens (near Carlisle)

Mirehouse & Gardens (near Keswick)

Wordsworth House & Garden (Cockermouth)

5. Get out on the lakes with a glorious boat trip

There’s no better way to experience the natural beauty of the region than taking a boat trip across one or more of the many lakes.  Glide across mirror-like water and get a stunning view of the surrounding mountains.

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Best boat trips in the Lake District:

For more information on amazing places to visit in Cumbria, take a look at our ‘Things to Do’ section.