Cumbria is probably best famous for the Lake District, which covers not far off half of its area. In fact the Lake District National Park is pretty much the largest of the UK’s National Parks at around 2,300 square kilometres. The area is vast and quite stunning and once visited people often come back time and time again. There is a wealth of different vistas and the topography varies from high mountain peaks, through rolling hills and serene lakes to the coastline and long sandy beaches. There are simply countless walks and rambles for you to get out on and taste the fresh country air. There are around 19 major lakes, both man-made and natural and the area is home to Lake Windermere, the largest inland expanse of water in England. Not only this but it also has the highest peak in England, Scafell Pike at 3,210 feet.
You will not be short of things to do here whilst enjoying the breath-taking scenery. As mentioned there are countless walks that vary from covering steep, high hills through gentle walks through fields separated with dry stone walls. But there is much more mountaineers flock here from all over to try their hand at the rocky crags. There are cycling and horse riding to be had and for the more sedate of you, there is fishing to enjoy. Obviously with so much water there is a chance to try your hand at sailing or canoeing or even windsurfing and water skiing.
There are many beautiful towns and villages in the area and spending lazy afternoons strolling around, taking in the architecture and a enjoying a seemingly far removed way of life is enough for some.
There is woodland that in autumn seems to burn the colour of gold and lush green valleys, largely untouched by modern day life. This really is a part of England where you can forget about the pressures of day-to-day life. There is beautiful wildlife of all sizes to enjoy as this land provides a plentiful and unspoiled natural habitat.
There are many fine restaurants and pubs to relax in and ponder life and plenty of shops, which offer some of the lovely arts and crafts of the area. There are the prehistoric ruins of Castlerigg Stone Circle to visit as well as Furness and Shap Abbeys. Also you can visit some of the historic houses of the area, such as Dalemain and Leven’s Hall or even Muncaster Castle. See Hadrian’s Wall or visit the gardens at Graythwaite Hall.
Cumbria also has a life outside the Lake District however with a fine and long western coastline to explore on your holiday or vacation rental. Take a trip down the coast from Allonby to Whitehaven and then on to St Bees and Seascale. Visit Walney Island on your way to Barrow-in-Furness or Flookburgh.
Cumbria and the lakes are a beautiful and rewarding place to explore and once visited will not be forgotten.
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