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Cumbria and the Lake District – England’s Garden Playground

Without a doubt, the Lake District is the premiere recreational district in all of England. Travellers from far and wide travel to the district year-round to experience the great outdoors, climb mountains and muck around on boats. Some even seek the sort of inspiration the lakes and peaks provided to great poets. But it’s not all fun and games, with more serious business being conducted in the county capital of Carlisle and the contentious Sellafield Nuclear Processing Plant being situated on the coast.

Lake Windermere and the Abundance of Lakes

The abundance of lakes in the area have attracted people to the Lake District since as far back as there are records - from Viking Raiders of the 10th century to speed freaks of the early 20th century looking to break water speed records. Today, the area is better known for attracting those looking for a tranquil break in the countryside, with perhaps a bit of activity out on one of the lakes. Windermere is the best known of the lakes, with the town on its eastern shore offering hotels, B&B’s and all the amenities modern day travellers need. Lake access can be obtained at Bowness Bay, which has a number of boat clubs where visitors can go on organised day cruises or rent kayaks, speedboats and other craft to operate themselves. Coniston Water, Derwent Water and Ullswater are three of the better-known lakes. They are less developed than Windermere and offer a bit more tranquillity. There a few lakes without any car access, so those really looking to get away from it all, and who are prepared for a bit of a trek, can head to places like Devoke Water for some peace and quiet.

From Lazy Ambles to Mountain Ascents

The Lake District is perhaps best-loved by ramblers, who have enjoyed communing with nature and getting a spot of exercise at the same time since at least the start of the industrial age. Today, city dwellers flock to the area to hike on one of its many trails. Many are flat and do not require too much exertion, but serious hikers and climbers will relish the opportunity to scale one of its many 900m+ peaks. Scafell Pike, as the highest mountain in England, is one of the more popular climbs. There are a number of routes up, with novices advised to choose the route from Wasdale, due to its relative ease and popularity. Winter sees regular snowfalls in the area, so climbers at this time are advised to be well-prepared for icy weather. In the last couple of decades, mountain biking has exploded in popularity, with a number of routes, both gentle and extreme, throughout the region. Many mountain bikers end up touring the whole area by bike, staying overnight at the hotels or B&B’s along their route.

Artistic Routes and Meanders

The exceptional beauty of the Lake District has long attracted artists and creative people in general. It is best known as being a natural inspiration of one of England’s most revered romantic poet’s, William Wordsworth. His admirers typically make a pilgrimage to the lovely Dove Cottage, where he lived in rural tranquillity and penned some of his best-known poems, such as Imitations of Immortality. It is on the edge of Grasmere, so close to the town’s hotels and B&B’s. Some also visit Wordsworth House in Cockermouth, where the poet was born. It serves as a writer’s house museum. The other writer most associated with the Lake District is Beatrix Potter, creator of endearing children’s books such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit. The World of Beatrix Potter is a popular theme park in Bowness-on-Windermere and has a great deal to entertain fans of Potter’s work, young and old alike. At present, the Lake District is popular with artists and craftspeople, many of whom show and sell their work in galleries and markets in the larger villages.

Serving the Needs of the County

Lovely as it is, Cumbria is a bit more than just the Lake District. Work must be done, and the community served. No city in Cumbria is in a better position to do this than Carlisle. Serving as the county seat, and its only official city, Carlisle has the size and population necessary to be able to offer the practical amenities that both leisure and business travellers require. These include a mainline station, a university and cultural, commercial and industrial facilities. The town was established by the Romans to service Hadrian’s Wall and has preserved much of its heritage over the years. It is known for its especially well preserved castle, which has seen many English-Scottish battles over its 900-year history. It is open to the public (fee) and includes a museum that will be a hit among military history fans. Its city centre is mostly pedestrianised and houses most of the city’s best hotels and shopping.

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    Hotel Orrest Cottage Windermere

    Orrest Cottage is a bed and breakfast set in a 19th Century cottage in the village of Windermere, a short distance from the lake it is named after. Refurbished rooms offer flat-screen TV, tea and coffee facilities with home-baked flapjacks on arrival. The loft suite has its own private lounge, two bathrooms and a coffee machine. Parking is available nearby, Wi-Fi is free and hosts are happy to store bikes and advise of cycle and hiking routes nearby, as well as more adventurous activities. Orrest Cottage has won awards for its breakfasts; offering a huge menu of everything from American-inspired waffles, bagels to sweet french toast specials and the essential, hearty Cumbrian breakfast. Ingredients are sourced locally and eggs come from the guesthouse's own hens. The bed and breakfast is a four-minute walk from all the restaurants, shops and train station in Windermere and a 20-minute walk from Orrest Head. more

    Hotel The Coach House Windermere

    The Coach House was originally an 1890 coaching house built from Lakeland stone, and now offers contemporary Lakes District B&B accommodation a few minutes’ drive from the centre of both Windermere and Bowness. Lake cruises and the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction can be found in Bowness, while Windermere offers extensive dining and drinking options. Each of the five rooms on offer have en-suite showers and are beautifully decorated in period style, with the addition of TVs, alarm clocks, hair dryers, complimentary toiletries and tea & coffee facilities. The Coach House has a comfortable guest sitting area and conservatory, free, on-site parking is available and Wi-Fi can be used in some parts of the B&B. Continental and full English breakfasts are on offer, along with freshly ground coffee, teas and hot chocolate, while packed lunches can be arranged. The market town of Kendal is 9.2 miles away. more

    Hotel Hotel Miller Howe on the Lake Windermere

    Set in its own exquisitely maintained gardens, and with unobstructed views across Lake Windermere, Hotel Miller Howe on the Lake Hotel and Restaurant offers sophisticated accommodation to guests who accept no compromises. The rooms are luxuriously furnished and feature en-suite bathrooms and many other amenities. Guests are welcome to relax in the garden in fine weather, but there are also three elegant lounges inside, ideal for relaxing with a good book or friend. Hotel Miller Howe on the Lake is well known for its restaurant, which has magnificent views of the lake. It serves the very best of British cuisine, focusing on seasonal ingredients obtained from top suppliers in the region. The main attraction is perhaps the view from the property itself, but Windermere has much of interest, and its town centre is about a mile from the property. The World of Beatrix Potter is 1.2 miles to the south. more

    Hotel Meadowcroft Country Guest House Windermere

    Meadowcroft Country Guest House is located in the Lake District just over 3 km from the town of Windermere. The hotel is pet friendly and has free on-site car parking. All rooms at Meadowcroft Country Guest House are en-suite, and they have TVs and tea and coffee-making facilities. Some rooms are adapted for use by guests with reduced mobility. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout this family-run hotel. There is a no-smoking policy at Meadowcroft Country Guest House. An extensive breakfast menu is available at Meadowcroft Country Guest House, with a Full English, Vegetarian, Light Breakfast, and Continental options available. For evening dining, Windermere is only a five-minute drive away, while a popular pub is located near to the hotel. The Lake District is a popular destination for walkers, while local towns such as Windermere and Ambleside have plenty of quaint shops and cafes where visitors can while away their time. more

    Hotel Glencree Windermere

    Glencree is a bed & breakfast which sits a ten-minute walk from Lake Windermere. Individually designed guestrooms feature flatscreen TVs and tea and coffee-making facilities. Hairdryers and complimentary toiletries can be found in the en suite bathrooms. Some rooms boast scenic views. Self parking is free at this hotel, as is Wi-Fi in public areas. There is a garden in which guests can relax. Made from local produce, breakfast is served every morning and comes as either a full English or a continental option. Positioned between Bowness and Windermere, Glencree is only ten-minute walk from Lake Windermere. Local attractions include Dove Cottage, which was the home of William Wordsworth. The World of Beatrix Potter and the Lake District National Park can be walked to in 15 minutes. more

    Hotel Log Cabin On Shores Of Lake Windermere, Surrounded By Breathtaking Scenery Windermere

    ‘Troutbeck 9’ is a contemporary lodge set on the shores of Lake Windermere, within the exclusive White Cross Bay Holiday Park. In the heart of the Lake District, White Cross Bay is set in idyllic surroundings, and it provides a great base to explore the Lake District. Close to all major attractions, shops, restaurants and bars, the popular towns of Ambleside and Bowness are only 1.5 miles away. The lodge provides all the amenities required for a family or friends to relax and enjoy their break. Guests can enjoy the use of the indoor heated pool, gym, sauna, jacuzzi for just £15 for the whole family for the whole of your stay, bar and restaurant all just a short walk from the lodge. The lodge comprises of a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, double bedroom, fully furnished lounge, fully fitted kitchen, inc dish washer, and bathroom. The lodge is centrally heated and double glazed, offering guests a warm and cosy lodge all year round. Private decking with BBQ facilities and outdoor furniture provided. Numerous activities available nearby. Sorry No Smoking/Pets more