Lake District National Park

The Lake District National Park was created in 1951 to ensure that everyone could enjoy the glorious green fells, majestic yet peaceful lakes and small rural villages with in its 22,292 square kilometres. Millions visit the Lake District every year some for the outdoor activities, some for the serenity and romance others for more commercial tourist attractions.

Langdale Valleys in the heart of the English Lake District

South Lakes
Bowness on Windermere is perhaps the most popular and the most commercialized of the Lake District Villages. There is much to see and do in the village including the Beatrix Potter Attraction and the Windermere Steamboat Centre. You can catch a steamer from lakeside and take a full or half cruise of Lake Windermere. A short distance from Windermere is the village of Ambleside, a popular tourist attraction in its own right with plenty of shops, restaurants and pubs. Well in Ambleside pay a visit to the tiny National Trust shop ‘Bridge House’ you find it hard to believe that this tiny little building which measures 13 feet by 6 feet was once home to a family of 8. The village of Grasmere has to be one of the most picturesque in the whole National Park location, as its in an area of outstanding natural beauty. On the outskirts of Grasmere you will find Dove Cottage home to the poet William Wordsworth between 1799 and 1808. Dove Cottage has been preserved and remains as it was when it was home to Wordsworth. The cottage and the Wordsworth Museum are open to the general public all year round.

Barrow in Furness
The Largest town in the region and perhaps most famous for ship building. Barrow has reinvented itself to become the areas shopping and entertainment centre. In the centre of town you will find all the major retailers, an excellent indoor market (open Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat) and a whole number of quality independent shops. The Dock Museum is a superb attraction which tells the story of Barrow in a way that will appeal to all ages. Located between Barrow and Ulverston in the village of Dalton is the South Lakes Wild Animal Park were you can see and get close up to many wild animals including tigers, rhinos, monkeys, pandas and Giraffes. A short distance from Barrow in Furness is the market town of Ulverston with its centre made up of narrow cobbled streets and pleasant shops it makes it a delightful place to spend an afternoon. The Laurel and Hardy Museum located just outside the centre of Ulverston pays tribute to the towns most famous son Stan Laurel (Stanley Jefferson) who was born in Ulverston in 1890.

Lake District Peninsula
Coniston Water is maybe one of the Lake Districts most beautiful locations and has been much loved by some of Britain’s most famous authors and poets including Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin and Arthur Ransome. In 1955 the world water speed record was set by Sir Donald Campbell, however, 12 years later he was to lose his life when trying to beat his own record. Around 3 miles from Coniston is the village of Hawkeshead, a glorious Lakeland village with connections to both Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.

Keswick is one of the Lake Districts picturesque locations due to the magnificent fells that surround it. Walkers are spoilt for choice with Helvellyn, Saddleback and Skiddaw are all close by. Attractions in the town include the Cumberland Pencil Museum, Cars of the Stars Museum and the Theatre by the Lake which is located on the edge of Derwentwater. Buttermere is a dramatic lake some 8 miles from Keswick with many glorious walks

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