17th April 2015

Bumper crowds visit the Lake District over the Easter

The fine weather over the Easter period saw a huge increase in the number of visitors flocking to the scenic Lake District National Park.

Attractions and visitor centres experienced a large boost in people making the most of the sunshine and getting out and about in the great outdoors. All types of accommodation from hotels and guest houses to camping and caravan sites all reported a much busier than usual Easter. Although early mornings were a bit on the damp side it wasn't long before the sun came out each day enabling visitors to enjoy all that the Lake District has to offer. In addition to the more adventurous hill climbers were walkers and cyclists were out in strength exploring the beautiful countryside and enjoying the scenic views the region is famous for. At Lake Windermere the demand for rowing boats and self driven craft was exceptionally high and the steamers reported packed boats on their sailings across the lake between Bowness and Ambleside. Local shops, cafes, restaurants and traditional pubs also reported greater than usual numbers of customers enjoying the wares on offer. Coniston Boating Centre was also a popular destination as visitors could hire bikes to explore the area as well as the selection of kayaks, canoes and other sailing craft to choose from. The region's many museums and other attractions also had a really good Easter, including the famous Pencil Museum at Keswick and the World of Beatrix Potter attraction at Bowness. The Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole right by the side of Lake Windermere had around 7,000 visitors over the Easter weekend as tourists popped in to pick up leaflets and information to enable them to make the most of what the area has to offer.

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