Cumbria is predominately rural and is home to the Lake District National Park. On e of the most beautiful areas in Britain the Lake District has inspired centuries of artists, writers and poets in this mainly mountainous landscape. The great outdoors is here to be enjoyed and many of the classic walking routes are found in Cumbria and immortalized in Wainwright’s books. Try scaling Scafel Pike, the highest English peak, or walk along Striding Edge.
A circular stroll around Derwent Water is a beautiful way to spend a day, and for the energetic fell running is very popular. There are boat trips out onto Lake Windermere and Coniston Water and the beautiful Eskdale railway in to the countryside. Cumbria inspired the characters from the Beatrix Potter stories and her farmhouse is open to visitors at Hill Top and the history centre at Bowness-on- Windermere.
The National Park Visitor Centre at Windermere has beautiful landscaped gardens.
For many people the enjoyment of the Lake District is to plan a walk and stop off at a tea shop or enjoy the silence and the scenic beauty of this very unspoilt area. For the birthplace of William Wordsworth visit Cockermouth and see some of the countryside featured in his poetry.
In the West of the county the deepest lake in England is found at Wastwater and the charming valleys of Eskdale, Ennerdale, Dunnerdale and Wasdale define the scenery leading to the coastal town of Whitehaven. The small market town of Egremont has a historic castle and in the village of Gosforth there are excellent hiking trails to places like the Blengdale Forest, and is on the road to the main town of Barrow in Furness.
It is little wonder that Cumbria remains one of the most popular places for holidays in the UK, and yet manages to retain its unspoilt natural beauty as the biggest attraction to this area.