The Lake District National Park in the county of Cumbria is the best known tourist and holiday destination in England, outside of London. This area of great natural beauty offers an enormous range of attractions, both natural and man-made. With breathtaking mountain scenery, sixteen sparkling lakes, countless attractive villages and hamlets, and its abundance of wildlife, the Lake District’s unsurpassed landscape has inspired the artistic works of many including Wordsworth, Wainwright and Beatrix Potter. William Wordsworth declared that the Lake District was ‘the loveliest spot that man has ever known’ and John Constable described the Lakes as ‘the finest scenery that ever was’. In 2007, viewers of the UK ITV series "Britain's Favourite View" voted Wastwater in the Lake District as the Nation's top view! The North Lakes scenery presented on that show was magnificent.
Tourists are always welcome in Cumbria's Lake District, as the large number of BBs, guest houses and hotels demonstrates. There is so much to see and do here that you will find there just aren't enough hours in the day or days in the week. You will want to return again and again! Potter around the charming Lakeland towns such as Keswick or Ambleside, delightful villages and timeless scenery; explore the history of the area in its castles, historical houses and living museums. Enjoy the wide variety of attractions, outdoors and in, or have some fun and entertainment at the many events taking place all year round. Cruise on a lake, visit some of the many Lakeland craft workshops or replenish yourself in one of the many inviting tearooms, pubs and inns. Or if the mood takes you, simply sit back, relax and soak up the romantic atmosphere.
The Lake District has the best walking and climbing routes that England can offer. There are just five mountains over 3000ft (900m) in England - and they are all to be found in this small part of Cumbria. The members of the Ramblers Association have voted the Lake District as the best walking area in the UK. Cycle routes aplenty are to be found here too; from gentle rides on peaceful country lanes, to challenging rides on mountainous terrain. For those who enjoy watersports, some of the larger lakes provide opportunities for boat hire, kayaking, canoeing, sailing or windsurfing. Or how about paragliding above the fells?
Photographer, artist or poet? What better inspiration or subjects can be found! The tranquility of a lakeside scene, the peace of a leafy forest glade, the ruggedness of the felltops, the roar of a waterfall, the beauty of the wildlife. No wonder so many important literary figures have lived in or regularly visited the Lake District over the years - and still do today.
Or if you enjoy shopping then there is real delight in the amazing variety of small galleries and specialist shops which are found in Lakeland towns and villages.