Santon Bridge, the small unassuming village in the gorgeous county of Cumbria has a very small permanent population. However, visitors to the area increases this number exponentially and not just in the summer months.
Tourism in the Lake District means that the region sees 10’s of thousands of campers and hikers each year, and a major part of the economy is based on tourism. Santon Bridge is perfectly located not only for Scafell Pike which is really popular with hikers being the highest mountain in the country, but also Wast Water, the deepest lake in the country.
Standing 978 metres high, Scafell Pike is the ideal place to get a fabulous panoramic view of the surrounding areas. From your starting point at Santon Bridge, you can get to the Pike via a car just a few miles away, (parking is free for National Trust members) or for those with tons of energy, start your walk from your accommodation. Take a picnic for a full day out, you can even take your dog to enjoy the amazing vistas too.
Wast Water is located in the Wasdale Valley and is also a National Trust location. The lake is 3 miles long and at 260 ft deep is the deepest lake in the country. It is a wonderful place for hikers and leisure walkers, and you are likely to find yourself passing artists and photographers along the trails as it is one of the most beautiful areas in the world.
Choosing to stay in the village of Santon Bridge is sensible, regardless of whether you are just walking your dog during a long weekend break, part of a rambler association or a hardcore hiker, you will be perfectly located to reach all the best trails, you are close to the coast, and near to interesting sites such as Muncaster Castle.