Covering 900 square miles (2330 sq km), this unique and magnificent part of England is famed for its lofty peaks, tranquil lakes and, most of all, its sheer beauty – inspiring artists and poets throughout the ages.
The rugged landscape includes Scafell Pike (England’s highest mountain), which stands at 3210ft (977m). Cumbria has sixteen lakes and over five hundred secluded tarns.
Windermere, the longest lake, stretches for over 10 miles and the villages of Windermere and Bowness could well be said to be the hot spots in the Lake District National Park – the largest National Park in the country.
Know as the doorway to the lakes, Ambleside is popular with walkers, due to its central location.
Coniston, once a copper mining village, is also famous as the former home of John Ruskin. The lake is where Donald Campbell died in his attempt at the world water speed record in 1967.
Two of William Wordsworth’s former homes are in Grasmere and are open for visitors. If you visit in August you can catch the Grasmere Sports event, which has been running (if you’ll excuse the pun) since 1852.
Attractions such as the Grizedale Forest Park and the Coniston Solar electric launch are to be found locally when you stay in Hawkshead. If you fancy a good meal and a pint in convivial surroundings, try The Drunken Duck.
If you happen to be staying at Lakeside, why not drop into the Lakes Aquarium? There’s also the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway which runs between Haverthwaite, through Newby Bridge and terminates in Lakeside. A day out for all you steam enthusiasts!
For some of the most dramatic landscape in Cumbria, visit Langdale. This is some of the most photographed scenery in the lakes. Great for walking and taking in the striking views.
For a more pastoral environment, try the valley of Troutbeck. Situated just 3 miles from Windermere, this area is beautiful all year round and is home to the famous Queens Head Hotel, known for its food, open fire and warm welcome.