Lake District National Park
The Lake District is one of the most famous National Parks in the UK, located in the county of Cumbria in the North West of England and covering 2362 square kilometres. Renowned for its natural beauty, it became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017, one in only 33 sites around the world.
There are 16 lakes, the largest and most famous being Windermere, crags and fells, including Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. The quaint, picturesque towns and villages including Bowness, Ambleside, Grassmere, Kendal and Keswick to name but a few are a world away from city life with independent cafes, historic tea shops, gift shops, art galleries and boutiques, traditional pubs and many high quality restaurants.
The varied landscape is truly spectacular from high peaks to low valleys, forests and fields, beautiful lakes, tarns and rivers, waterfalls and streams, quaint villages of Cumbrian stone, castles and stately homes.The lake district is famous for traditional sheep farming and the distinctive Herdwick sheep, the wool from which is used by the local Herdy company. Slate mining is still in production at the Honister Slate Mine which produces the famous Westmorland Green Slate, an interesting day out.
The Lake District is a great place to visit for everyone. An inspiration to many including Alfred Wainwright who put pen to paper to produce his fabulous guides to the Lakeland fells, Beatrix Potter’s beautifully illustrated childrens books, Wordsworth’s most famous poem “I wondered lonely as a cloud” and many artists including L. S. Lowery, John Turner, J.M. W. Constable and John Varley. Sight seers can visit the homes and museums dedicated to Ruskin, Beatrix Potter and Wordsworth and many other historic houses including Levens Hall, Sizergh Castle and Muncaster Castle.
For visitors who would like to explore the beauty of the Lake District on foot or cycle, there are routes for all abilities in abundance. With boat trips, kayaking, sailing, fishing, golf, pony trekking, skiing next to Helvellyn, star gazing, open air swimming, hot air ballooning, Cartmel race course, heritage railways and many other activities. It’s no wonder that visitors never tire of this beautiful, diverse part of the country and come back again and again. Click following for link to lakedistrict.gov.uk