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The Most Scenic Lakes in The Lake District

The National Park rivals many supposedly more exotic places in the world. There are many lakes that evoke foreign travel and perhaps get more coverage in this age of air travel, but few areas anywhere can boast what the UK has on its own doorstep.

For all those that think of Lake Victoria, Lake Geneva or the Great Lakes of North America, just as many should be thinking of similar gems in North West England.

Windermere

This is the longest lake in England at just over 10 miles long. It is a lake of activity, with every water sport available, but there is a speed limit so there is no question of visitors’ enjoyment of its beauty being spoilt. There is a ferry for a ride around the Lake for those who just want to relax and there is a contrast between the activity of Bowness and the quieter Western shore.

Ullswater

This Lake is slightly smaller and certainly quieter stretching from Pooley Bridge to Glenridding. There is the chance to balance energy with relaxation, walking the length and returning on the ferry. There is a waterfall halfway along, Aira Force, and spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding area from Gowbarrow Fell.

Coniston

Fishing enthusiasts should head for this Lake which was once known for the Campbells and their speed records. Those are now distant days and visitors can take a ferry ride inside at a pace far slower than the 320mph set by Bluebird. John Ruskin’s former home, Brantwood, is certainly worth a visit on the lake shore, offering a little culture amid the natural beauty.

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Derwentwater

Often described as the Queen of the Lakes, Derwentwater is just outside Keswick, a popular market town which is an excellent base for a holiday in the Lake District. There are hotels and also options such as Cumbrian Cottages by Lake Cottage Holiday which provide an excellent self catering option and allow tourists the freedom to suit themselves. There is activity around every lake but also excellent views and quieter places

Buttermere

Buttermere established itself in the early days of tourism back in the 18th Century. Even journeying there is spectacular over Honister Pass, close to one of the last working slate mines in the National Park, evidence that the area did not always depend upon tourism.

Nature lovers may be able to see the endangered red squirrel. Buttermere is one of the few pockets of population left. It is less accessible than some of the other larger lakes and consequently a little quieter and popular with those simply wanting relaxation.

There are other lakes to explore , perhaps Wastwater in Eskdale below Scafell and Scafell Pike. It is accessed from the West and one of the more remote lakes or Bassenthwaite close to Keswick.  The visitor is really spoilt for choice which makes regular visits to the National Park a must for those wanting to enjoy a truly unspoilt part of the UK rather than take to the skies for sun and sand.

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Choosing Cruise Holidays for Asian Destinations

Many seasoned travelers who although have plenty of places they would still like to visit as part of an overland trip or holiday adventure comprising of a combination of major and unfamiliar airlines, will still be keen to book a cruising holiday. In fact, even some of the more experienced cruisers yet to visit various ‘Jewels of the Orient’ of which more than one Southeast Asian country holds claim for, still have plenty of voyages to try out. However, cruising enthusiasts trying to make their mind up on which cruise line to choose for a trip including ports of call in the Far East or onshore excursions in other regions of Asia should consider the following:

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  • Singapore cruising ships taking us along the Straits of Malacca and onwards to the fascinating and somewhat intriguing country of Thailand. Alternatively, it is possible to book an unforgettable voyage that allows passengers to visit places like Vietnam and China after crossing the South China Sea.
  • The time of year in which to go on our preferred cruise, especially with regards to the monsoon season which often dictates when some of the better organized cruise lines take their vessels out to places like Japan and China. As most seasoned cruisers with experience in Southeast Asian trips will already be aware of, it is best to wait until March to May to go on one of these adventures.
  • Onboard facilities and choice in entertainment is another main factor to take into consideration when going through the various options in cruise lines sailing in territorial waters of a plethora of Asian countries.

Ports of Call

It goes without saying that if we have been saving up all year in order to afford one of the exclusive cruise holidays for Southeast Asian seas, stopping off at some of the most exotic ports of call in the process, we will want to make the most of our trip. In many cases, experienced or novice cruises searchers will compile a list to help them make the most suitable decision regarding the cruising holiday they book. Indeed, some of the most common expectations of prospective passengers with regards to what they get on board their ship as well as whilst onshore are as follows:

  1. Types of Onshore Activities on Offer
  2. Range of Onboard Facilities including Spa and Fitness Centers
  3. Onboard Entertainment for the Adults and Accompanying Children
  4. Cities to Visit Whilst on Ports of Call and How Long they Get There

Cruising Asia

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Although there are a relatively small number of main cruise ports in Southeast Asia and the Far East that most cruise lines in this region will embark at or depart from at some point during their voyages, there are other lesser known ports waiting to be discovered. Some of the most visited cruise ports in this part of the world include Hong Kong, Osaka, Beijing and Singapore, with each of these destinations having their own unique character.

Well Prepared

There are usually a few different characteristics that most highly experienced travelers share with each other, being well organised and somewhat meticulous when planning trips being two of the most common. Of course, even if we happen to be planning to go cruising with one of the leading cruise lines operating in Southeast Asia, it is still necessary to make sure we are aware of what we should bring with us. Fortunately for the more timid traveler or careless cruiser, all of the major cruising companies for Asian waters will make sure all their passengers are well prepared for their voyages.

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