The North West is home to England’s ultimate outdoor playground – the Lake District. Here you can find gorgeous lakes, idyllic villages and a hub of cultural hotspots. More than 15 million visitors a year come to visit the region’s infamous mountains and lakes. Parts of the Peak District National Park and the Pennines also skim the North West of England, providing an abundance of opportunities for outdoor adventures in this region.

Water babies will feel at home in the Lake District. Boat sports like kayaking, canoeing and dinghy sailing are available at Coniston Boating Centre, providing a fun family day out, or you can try your hand at raft building and white water rafting for an adrenaline kick. The abundance of rivers, pools and waterfalls means you can truly engage with the Lake District by spending a day out gorge or ghyll scrambling at the slopes of the Langdale Pikes.

Avid rock climbers will be sure to make a visit to England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, or take their carabiners to fells like Great Gable and Esk Pike. Abseiling is another way you can explore the rock face, with plenty of providers based in Keswick and Ullswater.

You can also experience spectacular views by walking in the Lake District. Strap on a pair of walking boots and take part in one of the walking festivals that take place throughout the year, such as the Black Coombe festival in July.

If you want to avoid the crowds at the Lake District, the Pennines often go underestimated. The Trans Pennine trail is one of the most fulfilling routes in England, perfect for walking, biking and horse riding. The trail spans Liverpool, Warrington, Sale and Stockport, passing by the River Mersey.

Some of the UK’s most vibrant cities fall under the North West. Liverpool, the European Capital for Culture in 2008, is a metropolis of maritime history and musical culture. Manchester has many attractions; pick and choose from a selection of museums, theatres and music venues. Coastal towns Blackpool and Southport are popular holiday destinations for those looking for a traditional British seaside holiday and there are plenty of campsites, cottages as well as dog friendly accommodation to choose from!

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