A varied landscape of dramatic natural scenery intermingled with charming villages; Cumbria is one of the most beautiful regions in the UK. Majestic mountains and fells border on huge ribbon lakes leading to picturesque harbours and cobbled streets. Holidays in Cumbria are varied and rich in culture – with a strong literary history and a myriad of castles, churches and Roman ruins. The Lake District National Park is the main attraction, with 12 of the largest lakes in England and a variety of gardens and forests to discover. Besides the popular tourist spots, there are a great collection of pretty villages and coastal towns to enjoy at your leisure.
Cumbria offers a wealth of great places to stay, whether you’re looking for somewhere beside the seaside or in the countryside. Bowness-on-Windermere is a large town on the edge of Lake Windermere and is a hive of buzzing tourism. Popular for its lakeside cruises, it is a great base for hopping over to some of the other parts of Cumbria. To escape the busy tourist spots, head to the historic market town of Kendal. A distinctive blend of culture, history and shopping, it is just a short drive from the national park. Experience Cumbria’s rural charm by staying in the picturesque villages of Cartmel and Hawkshead – perfect places to relax and unwind.
The Heart of The Lakes
With rolling hills and magnificent views across the lakes, Cumbria holidays are ideal for walkers. There are plenty of routes for those interested in fell-walking, from easy rambles to challenging hikes. The Old Man of Coniston is popular with climbers for its breath-taking views from the top – on a clear day, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of Blackpool Tower. Meanwhile, mountain-bikers will love Keswick’s dismantled railway, a simple cycle route with plenty of history attached to it. Holidays to Cumbria aren’t complete without experiencing the region’s rich literary history. The fresh air and glimmering waters of the Lake District lend themselves well to romance and have been inspiring writers for centuries. Learn more about English poet William Wordsworth by visiting his home at Dove Cottage. With a museum adjacent to the property, you’ll be able to view his work in the environment that it was written. Fans of Beatrix Potter will love visiting Hill Top Farm, where she completed most of her books. A beautiful building of grey stone covered in heather and ivy, it provides a wonderful insight into how Cumbria’s landscapes shaped her work.
Out and About in Cumbria
Cumbria holidays offer a great opportunity to relax and recharge in some of the most beautiful areas of the country. Grizedale Forest is an ideal place for the entire family, famous for its outdoor sculptures and adventurous Go-Ape courses that will entertain the children for hours. To get even closer to nature, visit South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Dalton-in-Furness, where you’ll come face-to-face with lions, tigers, rhinos and penguins as well as a whole host of other wildlife. For a quiet afternoon, take a Lakeland boat cruise across to Brockhole, home to some of Cumbria’s most beautiful gardens. With mini-golf, pony treks and an adventure playground to keep the kids happy, this is a real hidden gem. After a long day, there is nothing better than heading to the village of Cartmel to indulge in their famous sticky toffee pudding. Handmade locally, this yummy pudding is a real taste of Cumbria.