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The Lake District- described by some as the most beautiful corner of England. Where in an area only approx. 30 miles square can one climb 3000 foot mountains; take a trip on a steamboat; walk through ancient oak woodland along lake shores; explore dales dotted with white washed centuries old farmhouses, stone hedge banks reaching up the valley slopes to the high fells?
Waterfalls cascading down ravines, the summer home to one of only a few pairs of osprey breeding in England, the golden hues of autumn a spectacle not to be missed. A landscape giving inspiration for poets such as Wordsworth, and Coleridge, and the children's author Beatrix Potter. The Lake District visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year, yet where even on a Bank Holiday one can find peace and solitude.
Keswick and the North Lakes Keswick- self styled resort, with a distinctly Alpine feel, dominated by Skiddaw, nestling in the mountains and fells of the Northern Lakes on the shore of Derwentwater. Once a important woolen centre, then a popular destination for Victorian tourists. Offering a host of nice places to stay, from hotels with parking in Keswick, to bed and breakfast in the Lake District to b and b Grasmere . Perfect for those short breaks self catering at Ambleside. Why not have a weekend break in Windermere"
Walks around Keswick. From a short stroll from Lakeside to Friars Crag (NT) taking in views of Lord's Island and Derwent Island, to a half day 10 mile walk around the lake to a hike with the family onto Cat Bells, to high level all day walks, only suitable for the experienced and particularly well equipped walker, there many fine walks to be had in and around the fells, dales, lakes and villages of the Northern Lakes.
The South Lakes- including Windermere and Ambleside Bowness on Windermere , so popular for watersports from canoeing to boating to sailing, or a day trip around Windermere, England's largest natural lake down to Lakeside, up to Waterhead (you are then five minutes walk from Ambleside) aboard one of the several launches or steamers.
Keen walkers or those with a car will enjoy exploring the Troutbeck Valley via Wansfell, or over the Kirkstone Pass into Padderdale and Ullswater, England's longest lake. Pleasant walks are to be had around the lakeshore and surrounding hills.
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