If there’s a region of England that’s absolutely quintessential in form and experience, it’s Cumbria’s Lake District. And it’s where I headed next after the delights of Scotland in the previous posts.
If you’re not familiar with the Lake District here’s a few clues. This is where Beatrix Potter lived and wrote stories about Peter Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail – you can even visit the house(s) she lived and where her husband had his offices in Hawkshead. Perhaps you had her books read to you as a child, as I did, which will make a visit here a must or perhaps you’ve seen the film Miss Potter with Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellwegger that will have filled you in on her life. It’s thanks to Beatrix Potter that a lot of the land in this region was saved from being subdivided as she bought up old farms and properties. She then donated them to the National Trust on her death. Today it’s the largest of 13 national parks in England and Wales.
The Lake District is also where there are some beautiful walks through tors, crags, around lakes and over fields of varying distances and difficulties. So if you like getting out into nature, this is a great place to come. You can base pretty much anywhere to get out into the countryside around, I stayed in Ambleside where there was an excellent choice of walks.
Obviously the Lake District is filled with lakes but it also contains all the land in England that is over 3000 feet including Scafell Pike, the highest point in England. That might just get your adventurous juices churning to conquer the peak. If you plan to walk come prepared for all weather and check forecasts before you start!
The Lake District also features such quaint centres as Ambleside, Keswick, Conniston and Grasmere. All with great local pubs, cafes, restaurants, shopping, antique stores and more. So you can always get a pint before or after your walk, indulge in a little retail therapy or simply wander quaint English towns.
And finally, historically, the Lake District is also home to such famed romantic poets as William Wordsworth. He is buried with wife Mary in Grasmere and there’s a museum in his honour. Here’s a few lines from his poem “I wandered lonely as a cloud” just to get you in the mood!
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
So there’s plenty of reasons to come here and check this out. Do put it on your travel itinerary for England.
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