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Discover The Lake District

About The Lake District

The Lake District is known for is glacial ribbon lakes, rugged mountain range and historic literary associations. As well as being England’s Largest National Park, The Lake District is now a heritage site.

Nestled in the North West corner of England, Cumbria’s wonderful landscapes have helped to inspire painters, photographers and poets for years, and has led the Lake District to be one of England’s most popular tourist destinations.

Windermere

Windermere can be enjoyed all year round, thanks to its combinations of lakeside shores, panoramic views and incredible scenery.

Whether you are interested in exploring the fells and lakes of the area, or taking in the local trade from unique independent shops in Windermere and Bowness, you will have plenty to capture your attention.

Then when its time to unwind after a busy day, Windermere has a wide variety of Pubs, Bars and Restaurants offering incredible dining experiences; as well as 100’s of local sourced and world wide brewed beers.

Windermere and Bowness have been a magnet for tourists since the Victorian times and continue to attract and expand to this day. While visiting Windermere, why not check out;

  • Windermere Lake Cruises
  • Word of Beatrix Potter
  • Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steams and Stories
  • National Trust Wray Castle
  • The Blockhole on Windermere
  • Orrest Head
  • Blackwell
  • White Cross Bay
  • Claife Heights
  • National Trust Claife Viewing

Keswick

The heart of Keswick is in its Market Square, and at its centre stands Moot Hall, an ancient foundation home now used as the Lake District National Park Tourist information centre. This one building is a fantastic starting point to discover Keswick, built back in 1813, this one site has been used a covered marketplace, a courthouse, Town hall, a place of worship, a museum and even a prison.

Unique its one handed clock strikes on the hour only.

Whilst visiting Keswick, remember to check out;

  • Derwentwater
  • Castlerigg Stone Circle
  • Keswick Museum
  • Latrigg
  • Catbells
  • Wall Crag
  • Skiddaw

Ambleside

Ambleside is has become a very popular destination for walkers and climbers and is one of the best bases for exploring the Lake District. Ambleside has also become a major tourist resort, with a wide variety of shops, restaurants and a local cinema.

The Windermere lake ferry terminal can take passengers to Bowness and Wray Castle, the Waterhead pier at Ambleside dates back to 1845. During the summer months, visitors can take a horse drawn carriage from the centre of Ambleside to the Waterhead pier.

Whilst visiting Ambleside, its a great idea to check out;

  • The Bridge House
  • Loughrigg Fell
  • Rydal Water
  • Stock Ghyll Force
  • Wordsworth Grasmere
  • Ambleside Roman Fort

Ullswater

At 7.5 miles long, Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District. The Ullswater lake is one of the most uninterrupted Lakes in the Lake District, its closest town is Penrith which sits 6 miles from the northern tip of the lake, surrounding Ullswater, are the villages of Pooley Bridge and Glenridding.

In the summertime, Ullswater cruises run two diesel craft; ‘Raven’ and ‘Lady of the Lake’. In addition to these cruises there is also the option to hire, Kayaks, Canoes, Dinghies and Tradtional boats from Glenridding.

A visit to Glencoyne Park back in 1802, was the inspiration behind Poet, William Wordsworth famous poem; ‘Daffodils’.

Local areas of interest include;

  • Aira Force Waterfall
  • Hallin Fell
  • Place Fell
  • Steel Knotts
  • Bonscale Pike
  • Arthur’s Pike
  • Kailpot Bay
  • Great Dodd

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