Welcome to LAKE DISTRICT travel guide, the website that tells you everything you need to know about this beautiful north west corner of England, home to the World Heritage sites of the Lake District and Hadrian’s Wall.

Defined by its lakes, mountains and valleys, the Lake District is undoubtedly the best known part of Cumbria, but other distinct and alluring areas comprise England’s third largest county.

There’s the Eden Valley, with the North Pennines an almost continual backdrop to the east, the wilder countryside of the Anglo-Scottish borderlands, the west coast with its rich maritime history, the lovely western fringes of the Yorkshire Dales and the bird lover’s paradise of both Morecambe Bay and the Solway Coast.

Romans, Vikings and generations of farmers have all left their mark on Cumbria’s landscape; painters and writers have been inspired by its glory. Poet William Wordsworth - who was born 250 years ago in 2020 - made his home here, and so did authors Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransome and the great Victorian John Ruskin.

Explore this website and you’ll discover a wealth of attractions, great places to eat and drink - there are seven restaurants in Cumbria with Michelin stars which led The Times, in late 2019, to describe the county as the ‘food capital of the world’ - and a huge choice of places to stay. So, welcome to LAKE DISTRICT travel guide. And welcome to Cumbria.

Changing pictures at the top: Windermere from Loughrigg Fell (Nina Claridge, NC), Black Bull at Sedbergh, Ullswater, Allium at Askham Hall near Penrith, Linthwaite House near Bowness, Derwentwater (NC), The Lakes Distillery at Bassenthwaite Lake, Hadrian’s Wall.

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