Cumbria and the Lake DistrictThe English Lake District is a national park located in the county of Cumbria in Northern England and is a great place to visit if you're looking for a relaxing holiday or just for a chance to explore and walk through nature at its best. The area is one of the most beautiful in the whole United Kingdom and attracts visitors interested in walking holidays and the great outdoors.
Most visitors to the Lake District head for either Windermere in the south or the town of Keswick in the north. Windermere is one of the largest lakes in the United Kingdom and the largest in England and stretches for 10.5 miles running from north to south.
Bowness-on-Widermere is the Lake Districts most popular holiday resort and an excellent centre for water sports and other activities. Pleasure cruises are a popular trip on Windermere taking you north towards Ambleside or south towards Lakeside.
Windermere has lots of attractions to keep you entertained including the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway and Lakeside Aquariam.
Another popular town on the shore of Windermere is Ambleside which is located at the northern end of the lake. Ambleside is a great choice of destination with lots of activities and events going on throughout the year. Of course, like all Lake District holiday destinations, Ambleside is a great location for exploring the region and is ideally placed as a link to the northern end of Windermere.
A few miles to the west of Windermere is Lake Coniston which became famous during the 1960's for the many speed attempts on it. The area around Coniston is quieter than that of Windermere but if you've come to the Lake District primarily for the walks and scenery then you many not want the crowds around Windermere.
To the north of the Lake District activity centres around Keswick and Derwent Water. Keswick is an ideal location as a base to explore from as the town is large enough to offer lots of restaurants and pubs all served by a good variety of guest houses and bed and breakfasts but still small enough to not be overrun by other tourists.
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