A MINI-BREAK to the Lakes is said to be the top plan for parents this half-term.

According to Travelodge's latest figures, 41% of UK parents are choosing to take their children away for a "minication" for the October half-term, with the Lake District being the top pick.

And with families due to spend an average of three nights way, spending a total of about £487, Travelodge hopes to see Cumbria receive a multi-million-pound boost during the holiday week.

The beauty of the Cumbrian countryside makes it a firm family favourite holiday spot, offering long walks, countless cycling routes, water activities and more.

But for those wanting coastal and city breaks, Cornwall and London come out on top.

Travelodge's report has also shown that 28% of parents are taking the half-term mini-break as they wanted "normality" in their lives, and 17% said their children deserve a holiday after a difficult school term.

Mental health was also a key decision-maker, with 40% of parents believing a holiday is essential to improve their family's mental wellbeing.

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokesman, said: “Our latest Holiday Index reveals the Lake District is a top holiday destination for British families this October half term which is great news for the local economy.

"Our hotels are looking forward to welcoming families from this weekend when schools start to break up for October half-term.

"We have a multi-million Covid-19 safety programme called TravelodgeProtect+ in place.

"This programme of cleaning and social distancing measures has been created in line with government guidance and is designed to keep customers and teams safe and protected."