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England's Lake District
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Lake District
Cumbria - The Lake District is situated between the South West Coast of Scotland and Lancashire.The South Central Lakes contains many picturesque lakes. Windermere offers all manner of lake activities; as does Coniston Water, with the 'Old Man' (803m) towering above; Thirlmere provides clear and pure contemplation while Ullswater is popular for sailing. Nowhere else will you find nature and culture in such close proximity. Grasmere has Dove Cottage (home of Wordsworth) and Rydal Mount. Close by is Sawrey where Beatrix Potter's characters sprang to life. At Grizedale Forest, you'll find a fascinating sculpture trail, whilst Brantwood, John Ruskin's home, above Coniston Water, offers you an insight into the life of this influential writer. The towns are equally as evocative - from historic Kendal in the south of this area, famous for its mint cake and castle, to Bowness-on-Windermere with pleasure craft that ply the lake all year round. Keswick-on-Derwentwater is a focal point for the northern half of the National Park, boasting the mighty Skiddaw (931m) as a backdrop. The pleasant shores of Derwentwater, 'Queen of the English Lakes', are walkable from town. While the Borrowdale Valley, so enticing to serious walkers and climbers, leads to Lodore Falls and the Honiter Pass.



Pastoral scene in Lake District


Dove Cottage was he home of William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850), one of the earliest and
perhaps greatest, of the English Romantic poets.


Tending sheep in Cumbria