The Lake District, which is also known as The Lakes, is a mountainous region in the county of Cumbria in the northwest of England. A popular holiday destination, with its lakes, forests and fells (hills or mountains) providing a platform for many outdoor activities, the area is famous for its spectacular scenery. Recently there has been a shift in offerings as the area positions itself as an epicurean destination – craft brewers, distillers, coffee roasteries, cheese larders, farmers’ markets and excellent restaurants abound.

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The cultural heritage of the Lake District is as unique as its geography. Visitors today can indulge in local treats like Cumberland sausage and enjoy centuries-old traditions such as hound trailing and rushbearing ceremonies. The Lake District offers an array of interesting places to visit too, as it is home to many magnificent historic houses and gardens. The area has also inspired many famous writers. A literature trail offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of famous writers and artists, including poet William Wordsworth and children’s book author Beatrix Potter. The Lake District National Park’s groundbreaking new annual summer arts festival, Lakes Alive, reflects and celebrates the people and landscape of this UNESCO World Heritage site.


The Lake District’s dramatic glacial landscape is perfect walking country, whether it’s a gentle stroll or a hike on more challenging terrain. It is a haven for cyclists and climbing enthusiasts too. Horse riding is another way to take in the beautiful scenery. Or you can opt for a relaxing cruise – most of the launches are modern but there are a few vintage ‘steamers’. The Lake District offers a wide variety of water sports, from canoeing and sailing to diving and windsurfing. It also offers outdoor swimming and events, including the Great North Swim. The Lake District is the ideal place to take a fishing holiday too, with nine game and nine coarse fisheries. Fly fishing at a tarn in these peaceful surroundings is a little taste of paradise. There are also no less than five golf clubs in the area, all boasting stunning views over the lakes and surrounding fells.

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