Row down Lake Windamere, England’s largest natural lake and take in the picturesque views of Cumbria’s hills and valleys. Hamlets such as Ennerdale and Ravenglass, which has a harbour, are perfect places to relax. There’s the Hardnott Fort and Funress Abbey which reveal some of the district’s history. You can even go back further and visit the Castlerigg Stone Circle which is said to have been put up around 3000 BC during the Neolithic period.
Cumbria captured in beautiful watercolour
Keswick, situated between the huge bulk of Skiddaw and the gentle beauty of Derwentwater, is a pretty market town offering a wide range of attractions for visitors, from shops and restaurants to museums with a difference, and boating trips around lake Derwentwater.
Hilltop Farm Sawrey
Hill Top is a 17th-century house in Near Sawrey near Hawkshead. The house was once the home of children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter who left it to the National Trust. It is a Grade II listed building and is open to the public as a writer's house museum, shown as Beatrix Potter herself would have known it.
William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850) was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads (1798).
At 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep, is the largest natural lake in both the Lake District and in England, and is fed by numerous rivers. You can take a long cruise on the lake, or hop on and off and visit places along the way. Being on the water gives you a great view of the surrounding mountains, woodlands and rocky shorelines.
Hardknott Roman Fort is an archeological site, the remains of the Roman fort. The fort at Hardknott was established early in the second century AD: a fragmentary inscription, dating from the reign of the Emperor Hadrian (117–38), from the south gate records the garrison as the Fourth Cohort of Dalmatians, from the Balkans. Objects found around the fort suggest that thereafter its ruins offered temporary shelter to passing patrols and travellers.
Furness Abbey, or St. Mary of Furness is a former monastery and dates back to 1123 and was once the second-wealthiest and most powerful Cistercian monastery in the country. It now lies in ruins and is a popular tourist attraction, William Wordsworth visited on a number of occasions and referred to it in his famous 1805 autobiographical poem The Prelude.
The ancient market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland has kept its old world charm. A walk up the picturesque main street of Boroughgate, described as 'one of the finest in England', can transport you back into Medieval England. The Appleby Horse Fair held in early June every year at Fair Hill, this event is a major cultural gathering for travelling people and attracts huge numbers who come to witness horse sales and the tradition of washing horses in the river.
Is the most westerly lake in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England. It is a glacial lake, with a maximum depth of 150 feet (45 metres), and is ½ mile to a mile (700 to 1,500 metres) wide and 2½ miles (3.9 kilometres) long. The lake lies in the eponymous valley of Ennerdale, surrounded by some of the highest and best-known fells in Cumbria.
Castlrigg Stone Circle
The stone circle at Castlerigg is situated near Keswick in Cumbria, North West England. It was constructed as a part of a megalithic tradition that lasted from 3,300 to 900 BC, during the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Ages. This plateau forms the raised centre of a natural amphitheatre created by the surrounding fells and from within the circle it is possible to see some of the highest peaks in Cumbria: Helvellyn, Skiddaw, Grasmoor and Blencathra.