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    The stunning surroundings of the Lake District are famous for their beautiful expanses of water, open moorland and mountain fells. Associations with the early 19th century poetry of William Wordsworth and Lake Poets such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey, still bring both nature and literary lovers to the area in huge numbers each year.

    Located in the north west of England, at its centre the Lake District includes the largest of the thirteen National Parks in England and Wales. The Lake District National Park includes all of the land in England higher than three thousand feet above sea level; in addition to containing the deepest and longest lakes in the UK, the National Park is also home to the highest English mountain, Scafell Pike.

    Things to do in the Lake District
    The geography of the Lake District encourages some of the most committed of walkers, rock-climbers and nature-lovers. Much of the local wildlife is unique to the area, including at one point, England’s only nesting pair of Golden Eagles.

    During the 18th century many travellers descended on the Lake District as an alternative to the war-ravaged destinations of the European Grand Tour. With tourism further encouraged, first by the coming of the railway and then by the popularity of the motor car, the Lake District is now one of the major holiday destinations in the UK. Numerous hostels, pubs, B&Bs and hotels cater for the hordes of keen and committed walkers, but there are many alternative leisure opportunities, including cycling, fishing and sailing, as well as more modest options for exploration on foot - with countryside routes for visitors with limited mobility, in addition to ornate open gardens and quiet riverside strolls.

    Pony-trekking, windsurfing and rock climbing also make the Lake District a popular destination for activity holidays for all skill levels.

    Top Destinations
    Grange-over-Sands – This pretty town was transformed from a small fishing village into a fashionable Victorian resort by the advent of the Furness Railway, and the rail line still runs along the coast with Morecambe Bay.

    Penrith – A regional centre for the eastern Lake District, Penrith was once the capital of Cumbria. With its strategic position on the route to Scotland, the town has been a military centre since Roman times. Penrith Museum is housed in an Elizabethan building and covers much of the local history and archaeology of the area, whilst high above the town, Penrith Beacon offers walkers spectacular views across Lakeland.

    Keswick – A pretty market town, with a charter dating back to 1276, the rural economy of Keswick was transformed by the discovery of various minerals – most notably first copper, and then black lead. Pencil-making is still a major industry in the area, and is further commemorated in Keswick by the presence of the fascinating Cumberland Pencil Museum. 

    Coniston – Behind the village, the Old Man of Coniston rises dramatically; the town is a focus for local walkers and climbers, and its position on the edge of the five-mile long Coniston Water also makes it a popular destination for visitors, many of them taking trips across the water on a restored Victorian steam launch.

    Ullswater – In addition to exceptionally fine local routes for experienced walkers, Ullswater offers less strenuous paths around the lake and valley. The lake itself is a typical Lake District ‘ribbon lake’ and is regarded by many as the most beautiful of the English lakes.

    Cockermouth – Just outside the boundary of the National Park, at the confluence of the River Cocker and River Derwent, Cockermouth was the birthplace of Dorothy and William Wordsworth. The site of a Roman fort and a 13th century castle, the town now offers visitors a more gentle introduction to Lakeland life.

    Ambleside – Promoting itself as the centre for English rock-climbing, Ambleside also offers a unique combination of galleries, museums and specialist shops, making it a popular centre for both outdoor activities and more cerebral pursuits.

    Gosforth – Close to the Wasdale and Eskdale valleys, as well as to the coastal regions of Cumbria, the village of Gosforth is the site of the tallest and oldest Viking Cross in England.

     


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    photo of Tipsy Drake Cottage , Ulverston, Coniston and Grizedale, Cumbria
    Lovely views from the gardenA charming, beamed, terraced cottage in the hamlet of Lowick Green close to the road to Coniston (9 miles), providing a year round holiday base with its cosy open fire. Ideally placed to tour ...
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    photo of Old Belfield , Bowness on Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria
    Dating back to the 18th Century, Old Belfield sits on an elevated site, offering views from the first floor of Lake Windermere and the fells beyond. Extended during the Victorian period, the gentleman's residence was ...
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    photo of Broomriggs Cottage , Nr. Sawrey, Hawkshead, Hawkshead and Near and Far Sawrey, Cumbria
    Perfectly located in the heart of the National Park, this delightful holiday cottage (one of a pair) is peacefully situated on the lakeshore road, only yards from Esthwaite Water (fishing available), and less than a mile ...
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    photo of Broughton House , Irton, Eskdale, Cumbria
    Irton Hall is a stunning holiday location with impressive history, set in the foothills of the Western fells of the Lake District between Wasdale and Eskdale. Parts of the magnificent hall, such as the Pele Tower, date ...
    Bedrooms: 4
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    photo of Waingap , Crook, nr. Kendal, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria
    Set in beautiful walking country near the Dales Way with stupendous views towards Morecambe BayThis charming, detached holiday home surrounded by its own land enjoys stupendous views towards Morecambe Bay. Set in beautiful ...
    Bedrooms: 4
    Sleeps Max: 7
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    photo of The Stable Loft , Bowness on Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria
    A delightful loft apartment with Bowness on Windermere on your doorstep, The Stable Loft offers couples a perfect base from which to enjoy this popular, traditional Lakeland village. A wealth of independent shops, cafes ...
    Bedrooms: 1
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    photo of Hope Cottage , Meathop, nr. Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria
    This spacious mews holiday cottage is set in tranquil shared grounds and offers an ideal base to explore the Lake District. Just over a mile from the stylish coastal resort of Grange-over-Sands, with its pretty parks and ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of Ganny Cottage , Birkerthwaite, Birkermoor, Eskdale, Cumbria
    Surrounded by stunning dramatic scenery, these delightful 17th-century holiday cottages (ref LVL and LZL) lie in a walker's and nature lover's paradise. Take the path to Stanley Force Waterfall, discover the ‘jewels' of ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 2
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    photo of Garthmere , Heathwaite, Windermere, Windermere and Troutbeck Bridge, Cumbria
    These two delightful and spacious holiday apartments have lovely views overlooking Windermere to the fells beyond. Formerly part of a Victorian gentleman's residence they are situated in a prime residential area known as ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of Baycliff Apartment , Meathop, nr. Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria
    All on first floor: Living/dining room with patio door. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Gas CH, elec and bed linen inc. Cot on request. H/chair. DVD. Elec cooker. M/wave. ...
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