The Lake District in the English county of Cumbria is one of England’s most visited National Parks and it attracts over 16 million visitors each year.
The Lake District National Park covers 30 miles across of countryside, lakes and mountains. From hot air balloon experiences in the Lake District to food and wine tours, you will find something to suit everyone in this beautiful region.
With its mountainous backdrop, the Lake District National Park is one of the UK's most popular holiday destinations and has provided inspiration for many successful poets, musicians and artists. The area has many lakes and several.
Another great experience in the Lake District is the Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway which transports visitors from Ravenglass to Boot Station at Dalegarth, a great region to explore on foot, at the bottom of the Scafell Range. Stunning scenery around both stations make this the ideal trip for visitors who want to enjoy the fells, the mountains and the local countryside.
For fans of William Wordsworth, his former home, Dove Cottage in Grasmere is well worth a visit. The famous poet/author was inspired to write many of his most well-known poems while living at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount (which is also open to the public). Wordsworth lived in the Lake District from 1799 to 1808, and the museum is home to one of the best collections of items related to the Romantic Poets of the time. Visitors can also visit Wordsworth´s grave in the village at St Oswald´s Church.
You can enjoy stunning views of Windermere and the surrounding countryside from a Windermere steamer. Breathtaking scenery and lakeside attractions, including the Lakes Aquarium can be reached by steamer. In summer, visitors can also book sunset cruises and dinner cruises, with guides.
This historic Muncaster Castle offers visitors 70 acres of landscaped gardens, including a maze and the World Owl Centre. If you dare, book a ghost sitting trip in what is supposedly one of the most haunted places in England.The quaint Newby Bridge is a popular launch site in Cumbria, overlooking the busy River Leven that flows in to Lake Windermere. Situated in the Lake District, you will be able to see many water sports enthusiasts taking to the water throughout the year.
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Close by is the industrial town of Barrow-in-Furness. Often associated with iron and steel works, the town grew rapidly in the industrial revolution to become a major shipyard. If you end up near its peninsula, you may see Piel Island across the harbour complete with its abandoned medieval castle.
Alternatively, you may wish to set off on your hot air ballooning adventure in Dalemain, near the market town of Penrith, complete with its fourteenth century castle that was built to offer some defence in case of a Scottish invasion.
If you are planning a visit to the Lake District, why not book into a luxurious Windermere spa cottage to make the most of your stay?