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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 Hotel Windermere Manor Windermere

    The Tudor style Windermere Hotel presents posh accommodations, banquet hall for special occasions, conference facility and a fine dining experience all within a welcoming resort atmosphere. Room amenities include turn down service, coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave oven, high-speed Internet and complimentary local calls. There is also a daily free Continental Breakfast served in the Grand Hall. There are 47 fully appointed executive suites and guestrooms available at the Windermere Hotel. Additionally, there is an onsite fitness and business centre. Plus, the Blackfriars Spa. Windermere's Cafe is a charming restaurant serving lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch specials. They also play host to Friday night jazz cabarets. Guests can stroll to the neighbouring Western University. The Grand Theatre and Gibbons Parks are also close by. Perfect for a day or evening outing. more

    Hotel Beech Hill Hotel & Spa Windermere

    Everywhere guests look from the Beech Hill Hotel they'll become immersed in the idyllic serenity of Lake Windermere. As a hotel homebase for exploring the Lake District, the Beech Hill Hotel is four-star perfect pick. Every room at the Beech Hill offers guests the comfort of an en-suite layout. There are also Freeview televisions and premium bathroom amenities. Guests can upgrade to the luxurious antique furnished Wordsworth or recently refurbished Ruskin suites. The "must do" item for a stay at the Beech Hill is afternoon tea on the Sun Terrace. The heated indoor swimming pool provides warmth and relaxation during the cooler days. Locally-sourced ingredients are always on the menu at Burlington's Restaurant. It's why so many Lake District residents favour Burlington's. The Lake District consists of 850 square miles of pristine parks, woodlands, quaint villages and towns to explore all within striking distance of the Beech Hill. more

    Hotel Denehurst Windermere

    Denehurst Guest House is a charming, Victorian bed and breakfast within walking distance of Lake Windermere. The guest rooms have al of the nessisary ammenties including an en-suite bathroom with a hairdryer, a flat screen TV with a DVD player, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, and a teddy bear. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the facility and complimentary parking. They serve a complimentary breakfast each morning. Much of the meats, produce, and eggs are locally sourced. Guests can choose from variety of selections including a traditional Cumbrian breakfast. Denehurst Guest House is located near several places to shop, dine, and attractions such as Giotto, Francine’s, Villa Positano, The World of Beatrix Potter, Royalty Cinema, The Brookside, and several lakeside pursuits such as boat tours and fishing. more

    Hotel Laurel Cottage Windermere

    Laurel Cottage is an 1890s Victorian guest house set in private gardens, a few minutes' walk from Windermere high street and ten minutes from the rail and bus station. This characterful lakeland stone property overlooks Queens Park and is just over a mile from Bowness on Windermere, cruises on Lake Windermere and the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction. Each of the five double rooms has an en-suite bathroom and hairdryer, mountain or park views, flat-screen TV with DVD player, free Wi-Fi, radio alarm clock/music dock, complimentary toiletries and a hospitality tray. Well-behaved pets and bikes are welcome with prior registration, and free public parking is available nearby. Breakfasts at Laurel Cottage are cooked to order using local produce, and vegetarian options are available. Many restaurants, pubs and cafes are found within a short walk. The market town of Kendal is 9.2 miles away and Keswick, 21.8 miles. more

    Hotel Oakthwaite Windermere

    Placing guests within a 15-minute walk of Lake Windermere and the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Oakthwaite is a four-star guest house with a garden and free parking. Two letting rooms are available, one of which has an en-suite bathroom and overlooks the garden and the other with access to a bathroom with a rolltop bath. Each room provides bathrobes and tea/coffee making facilities. Guests have the use of a communal lounge with SKY TV and a DVD library. Plus, there’s free Wi-Fi available throughout the property. A continental breakfast is included in the room rate and packed lunches are available for a fee. Guests who would prefer a full English are directed to the B&B’s cafe, Monties in Bowness (five minutes walk). Oakthwaite lies within a 20-minute drive of Grasmere and Ambleside and within 40 minutes of the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis and the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. more

    Hotel The Hideaway at Windermere Windermere

    The The Hideaway at Windermere is exactly that; a 4-star retreat tucked away 10-minutes’ walk from the lake village of Windermere. The 1890-built former schoolhouse provides a great base for exploring the Lake District National Park. All of the custom-furnished rooms come with free Wi-Fi, power shower, Egyptian cotton linen, tea and coffee facilities and a 20” flat-screen TV. Complimentary cakes and tea are also offered to all guests daily. Free, on-site parking is available at The Hideaway at Windermere and front-door keys are made available for those arriving home late. Breakfast is also complimentary, offering a traditional, freshly sourced and cooked English breakfast or continental buffet. There is a wide selection of bars and restaurants in Windermere Village and Bowness. The hotel is just 550m away from Windermere Railway Station. more