Lake District Guide

The Lake District is deservedly one of the most popular areas to visit in England. Nestled in the North West of the country, the area has a large number of hills / mountains that are referred to as Fells. The other major attraction of the area are the "Lakes", although only 2 of them are technically lakes and so the others are usually correctly referred to as Waters. The major draw of the area is the breathtaking scenery which people enjoy and explore in a multitude of ways. For the most energetic, there are serious Fell walking, rock climbing or cycling. There are also a large number of yachts and other pleasure boats that are a fantastic way to enjoy the area. To the rather more leisurely there are a number of boat trips and other tours available.

The other major attraction of the area are the beautiful towns and villages with, most of them being built with the local stone giving them such a distinctive look. Although today it is easy to think of the Lake District as a beautiful tourist area, as with any area, it has had its share of industry albeit on a smaller scale than other areas of the country. The area was a strong wool area as the number of villages and cottages will testify to. Also the locally mined graphite led to a pencil making industry.

It was in the late 18th and 19th Century during the rise of industrialization that people began to revalue the beauty of countryside and areas such as the Lake District. This was championed by artists, writers and poets, none more famous than William Wordsworth who was born and lived in the area for most of his life.

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Another misconception is the use of the term Lake Windermere as the name Windermere is believed to have evolved from Vinandr's Mere, Vinandr being a Norse name and Mere being the old english word for a lake.

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Bowness-on-Windermere

The towns of Bowness (technically Bowness-on-Windermere and is the older of the twin towns of Bowness and WindermereWindermere are the largest and most visited location of the Lake District Read More

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Windermere

Windermere town is the newer and smaller of the twin towns near Lake Windermere. the village was originally known as Birthwaite..Read More

Kendal

Kendal is a traditional market town that is often described as the gateway to the lakes. It was the home of Alfred Wainwright 1907 -1991 a former borough treasurer who made it is his duty to record accurate guides of the Lake District fells...Read More

Keswick

Keswick is situated on the shores of Derwent water and was formerly part of Cumberland. It is a thriving market town that has a population near 500...Read More

Ambleside

Ambleside is an attractive town situated at the Northern point of Windermere and was formerly in the county of Westmoreland...
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Ambleside street

Grasmere

Grasmere is a typical traditional Lakeland village with stone houses next to small lake, It is best known for William Wordsworth who was actually born in Cockermouth but lived in Grasmere on return to the area...Read More

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Workington

Workingon is situated on the West Coast of Cumbria on the mouth of the River Derwent...Read More

Barrow-in-Furness

Barrow-in-Furness is the second largest town in Cumbria. Historically it was a small village..Read More