The Lake District
The Lake District is one of the most beautiful National Parks in England. It has some of the best mountain scenery and, as the name suggests, contains a plethora of lakes of various sizes within its boundaries. This National Park also has England's highest mountains, four of them over 900 metres (3,000 feet) high. We want to help you really enjoy this fantastic area, whether you are a fell walker, general visitor, or just want to explore the Lake District.
The Lake District is located in the North West of England in the county of Cumbria. At 2,292 square kilometres, the Lake District National Park is one of the largest of 15 National Parks located in the UK. It is also home to England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike (978 metres/3,210 feet) and largest inland open expanse of water, Lake Windermere. It also boasts the largest concentration of “common land” in the whole of Western Europe. The distinct character of the Lake District comes from its rich history, the fields are lined with ancient dry stone walls and hedgerows, and with the backdrop of spectacular mountains and lakes makes for picture perfect views and stunning days out.
Land types vary greatly in the Lake District and Cumbria, ranging from sandy beaches to breathtaking mountains to tranquil lakes. Places to stay and visit vary from attractive villages to bustling market towns and places of complete solitude. The Lake District first became famous during the early 19th Century through the work of the famous poet William Wordsworth.
The Lake District and Cumbria is an ideal place to visit for all different kinds of holidays whether just for the day or for a short break, an overnight stop or an extended holiday. However long you stay, the spectacular views, beautiful landscape, mystic lakes, open moor land, marshes, woodland & rolling fells offer something for everyone. It is an ideal location to get away from the stress and strains of very day life, and whatever the reason, the Lake District and Cumbria will take away your worries.
If you are looking for somewhere to escape to in the winter months, the Lake District and Cumbria can be a magical place during this time of year. It may be a bit colder but the snow sprinkled mountains, misty lakes or a walk in the crisp air and sparkling frosts in the morning make it all worthwhile. If you need warming up there really is nothing better than curling up in front of a warm log fire or joining the locals in a cosy pub for a sip of real ale.
It is not too surprising that the Lake District and Cumbria is the most popular tourist attraction in the UK outside of London.
Lake District and Cumbria Shopping
There are many opportunities for shopping in the Lake District and Cumbria ranging from small specialist shops to large factory outlets. There are also many brands specific to the Lake District and Cumbria such as K Village in Kendal. There are countless delightful arts, crafts, antiques and books shops scattered about the Lake District and Cumbria, tucked away in many of the Lakeland villages. Ambleside is a haven for outdoor and walking equipment enthusiasts with a high street full of specialist shops. For those with green fingers there's a tempting range of garden centres and nurseries. If you're looking for something different to eat, there is a wide selection of specialist food shops unique to the Lake District and Cumbria which are well worth a visit, and who could resist sampling the world famous Kendal Mint Cake whilst in the region?