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Welcome to The Lake District

The Lake District

The Lake District sits within Cumbria, in the north-west of England, and plays host to a series of expansive lakes and rocky mountains that together form some of the most strikingly beautiful vistas in the country. The landscape is a mix of rolling farmlands, green valleys and heather-covered moors, interrupted here and there by bustling towns and villages that have been popular holiday destinations in England for hundreds of years. Despite attracting 10 million visitors each year, the Lake District retains its peaceful and pastoral existence and hikers can go for miles without seeing any living creatures but sheep and cows.

The Lake District is the largest national park in England and stretches some 885 square miles (2,292 sq km), from Caldbeck in the north to Lindale in the south, and from Ravenglass in the west to Shap in the east. Each of the lakes within the area has its own character: Windermere, Grasmere and Ullswater are considered the prettiest, but those wishing to avoid the crowds can head for Wast Water, Crummock Water or Buttermere.

A holiday in the Lake District offers visitors a range of activities, from bird watching, lake cruises and gentle strolls, to mountain biking, water sports and hiking. The region is also home to Scafell Pike, which at 3,209ft (978m) is England's highest peak. There are also plenty of castles, market towns, galleries and museums worth visiting, including Dove Cottage and Wordsworth House, both homes of local poet William Wordsworth.

Some of Cumbria's other famous residents include Robert Southey, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin, all writers and poets who, like Wordsworth, drew inspiration from the land and the lakes. Today, the rugged beauty of Cumbria and the Lake District continues to inspire both visitors and locals alike, and remains one of the most popular regions in England.

Information & Facts


The Lake District has a maritime climate and is the wettest region in England, with an average annual precipitation of over 80 inches (2,000mm). March to June tend to be the driest months in the Lake District, while October to January are the wettest. The area is also very windy and gale-force winds are quite common. Temperatures are relatively moderate, the average low being 37F (3C) in winter and summer temperatures only rising to a high of around 68F (20C).

English is the official language, though visitors will be astonished by the variety of regional accents.

The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100 pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels, however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks. Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid additional charges.

Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).

There are some wonderful things to see and do in Grizedale Forest, near the Hawkshead village. Visitors can go hiking or ride mountain bikes along the beautiful sculpture trail, or peruse the galleries of the Brewery Arts Centre. Grizedale Forest also has an on-site café, bike shop and gift shop for visitors to enjoy.

Hill Top is a working farm formerly owned by Beatrix Potter, the famous author of children's books such as The Tale of Peter Rabbitand The Story of Miss Moppet. The cottage, along with Miss Potter's original furnishings and artworks, has been well preserved and the quaint garden is still kept as she did, with a random selection of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables.

Holker Estate, the home of Lord and Lady Cavendish, is a wonderful attraction for visitors to the Lake District. The stately Holker Hall and its gardens are open to the public and there is a fantastic restaurant and gift shop on the premises. The estate also hosts the Cartmel Racecourse, a favourite among horse racing enthusiasts.

The tourist hub of the northern Lake District in England, Keswick is a popular destination for walks and hikes. Nearby is the Castlerigg Stone Circle, a sacred Neolithic site, and Skiddaw and Catbells are popular hills (or fells) for walking. Keswick has several unique museums: a Victorian museum features the famous Musical Stones of Skiddaw, the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery displays local works, Cars of the Stars immortalises cars from film and television, and the Cumberland Pencil Museum chronicles over 350 years of pencil-making. Keswick is a historic market town, and there is still a bustling market each Saturday around the Market Square at Moot Hall. The town hosts a number of events in the summer, including a beer festival, film festival, and jazz festival. Another popular attraction in Keswick is the Theatre by the Lake, which stages performances year-round.

The Puzzling Place offers a range of interactive optical illusion exhibits, artwork and sculptures to fascinate visitors. From large wooden puzzles and tricky brain-teasers to balls rolling uphill or seeing people shrink and grow inexplicably, there's no end to the wonders of this fun space and there is no wonder why it's such a popular attraction for children in the Lake District.

One of the prettiest lakes in Cumbria, Windermere has gathered around it a number of bustling communities with a lot of fun things to see and do, becoming a popular tourist destination in the Lake District. The pretty towns that surround the lake offer a number of good restaurants, cafes, shops and pubs The town of Windermere, which includes the merged Bowness-on-Windermere, has a steamboat museum that operates cruises on the lake; and Ambleside is home to Stock Ghyll Force, a spectacular 70 foot (21m) waterfall, and the local history repository Armitt Library and Museum. At the southern end of the lake is Lakeside Pier, which is home to the Aquarium of the Lakes.

William Wordsworth lived at Dove Cottage from 1799 to 1813, when he moved down the road to the more upmarket Rydal Mount and Gardens. The Dove Cottage residence was the site of his most creative phase and is home to the Wordsworth Museum, exhibiting many artefacts that inspired the writer. Wordsworth's final abode at Rydal Mount was a stately Victorian house with beautiful views across the valley. This house is also open to the public and offers visitors delicious scones in the tearoom.

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