Cumbria & The Lake District – The greatest Great Outdoors
Learn everything about Cumbria & the Lake District from its unique historical landmarks to its vibrant attractions.
“Cumbria is a perfect package - it’s got the Lakes, the Pennines, the Dales, Hadrian’s Wall and beautiful coastline. It really is picture postcard.”
Ben Fogle, TV presenter
From 16 sparkling lakes and England’s highest mountains, to sheltered valleys, heather moorlands and salty seascapes, Cumbria and the Lake District have inspired and captivated generations of visitors and famous writers and poets such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. But there’s more to see than just scenery. The area has a rich heritage to discover, a vibrant and contemporary cultural scene, and a growing reputation for fine food and drink. And on top of all this, there is a huge choice of tourist activities in some of the greatest Great Outdoors in the world.
The unique landscape that inspired Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter today nurtures a new generation of writers, artists and musicians. Sculpture trails, poetry programmes, street art and theatre add up to a thriving cultural scene. The area has a fascinating heritage, too. In stone circles and Roman forts, in historic houses and museums, the past still echoes.
From microbreweries and Michelin-starred restaurants to cosy cafés and farmers markets, Cumbria and the Lake District is fast becoming a food lover’s paradise. Whether it’s the simplest loaf or the most sumptuous delicacy, you’ll find food and drink produced and prepared by people who are passionate about quality.
Top daytime must-do's
Top night time must-do's
Relax on a lake cruise with Ullswater Steamers .
Check out the weekly jazz session at Zeffirelli's Jazz Bar in Ambleside.
Visit Wordsworth’s home, Dove Cottage .
Dine in style at the Michelin-starred Sharrow Bay Hotel on Ullswater.
Check out the World of Beatrix Potter .
See a show at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.
Discover the fascinating history of Carlisle and Hadrian's Wall Country.
Watch the sun go down on Windermere with Windermere Lake Cruises .
Follow the sculpture trail at Grizedale Forest .
Sample some fine real ales at the The Old Crown Pub , Hesket Newmarket, brewed in the microbrewery next door.
There’s plenty of scope for retail therapy. Carlisle is a cosmopolitan city centre with big high-street stores and small boutiques; and market towns like Ulverston and Kirkby Lonsdale are made for browsing, full of tempting, independent shops. Craft fairs, workshops, studios and galleries all over Cumbria offer everything from designer jewellery to custom-made furniture.
This is one big adventure playground and it’s up to you how you get your kicks. There’s watersports galore (from kayaking to kitesurfing), challenging long-distance cycle-routes, and pulse-racing mountain bike trails. Or head to the hills for classic fell walks, scrambling or rock-climbing. There’s golf, fishing (freshwater and sea) and horseriding, too.
You’ll find live music playing in pubs and venues across the region, and throughout the year there are great festivals, from classical and rock music to folk, blues and jazz. Go to the theatre, dine out or simply sit back, sip cocktails on a lake cruise and watch the sun set.
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