A land of mighty lakes, dales and fells, Cumbria has the only true mountain range in England. Nearly all of this is contained by the Lake District National Park, synonymous with stirring natural splendour and outdoor escapades on land or water. The largest lakes and the highest mountain in the country are yours to traverse or just soak up from the comfort of one of the famous steam boats.
Folded into these landscapes are welcoming stone-built villages that were once home to cultural icons like William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin. Hadrian’s Wall, the northern boundary of the Roman Empire, cuts across the county and can spark the imagination like few man-made structures in the World.
Lets explore the best places to visit in Cumbria:
1. Lake District
England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike is in the west of the Lake District and there are scores of hills, known as ‘fells’ for hardy walkers to test their mettle.
The lakes themselves are magnificent finger-like sheets of reflective waters.
The largest of them, Windermere and Ullswater, are crossed by pleasure boats and ferries, and most are watersports heaven.
In the evenings you can crash in adorable villages and towns like Keswick, Ambleside and Grasmere, which have catered to the whims of tourists for hundreds of years.
There aren’t many regions in the world as intrinsically linked with a person as the Lake District is with the poet William Wordsworth.
He lived here all his life and has fixed the lakes and fells in the imagination of his readers for 200 years now.