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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 Modern Luxury Woodland Lodge, White Cross Bay Park And Marina, Windermere Windermere
      Relax and unwind in this beautiful woodland lodge. It has all the amenities required for a family of 4. The lodge is equipped with all modern amenities inc free park WiFi, dishwasher, microwave, 3 TV\'s and DVD in the master bedroom Prefered breaks are mid week, weekend and weekly rentals but we are flexiable and the price includes linen, towels, gas, electric and water. Leisure passes are available and paid locally to the park at £15 for upto 7 nights for your whole party to enjoy the use of the on site facilities which including indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and gym, there is also a bar, restaurant and on site shop along with a children\'s play area these all being just a short stroll from the lodge. (Please be advised we don\'t except pets at this time).
      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.
      Hotel Gilpin Hotel & Lake House Windermere
      As A Small Luxurious Lakeland Hotel Gilpin Lodgecountry House Hotel Is Large Enough To Be Professionaland Small Enough To Be Intimate Friendly And By The Cunliffe Family Since 1987 This Awardwinning Top Hotel Is A Romantic Retreat With Finedining And The Highest Quality Accommodation. Thebedrooms Are Sumptuous Each Is Individually Designedand Furnished And All Are Quiet With Delightful Views.friendly Staff Are On Hand To Offer Unpretentiousservice And Somehow There Lingers The Feeling Of Beingat Home. Warm Smiles Fresh Flowers And Real Fireswelcome You In As You Step Through The Door Into Thishaven Of Tranquillity. With Both The Family And Ourlong Standing Team On Hand We Pay Great Attention Toindividual Interests And Occasions/food And Wine Tastes/preferred Rooms...all The Senses Are To Be Pamperedwith Friendly Personal Care And Attention To Detail.. Key Selling Points This Relais And Chateaux Hotel Has Been Privately Runsince 1987 By The Cunliffe Family And Their Longestablished Team. With A Policy Of No Weddings Orbusiness Functions Guests Return Year After Yearfor The Tranquility/large And Sumptuous Bedrooms. Year Built 1901 Last Renovation 2005
      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.
      Hotel Cragwood Country House Hotel Windermere
      Cragwood Country House Hotel Hotel overlooks Britain's longest lake, Lake Windermere, and is perfectly located for exploring the surrounding Lake District National Park. All rooms at Cragwood Country House Hotel Hotel are en-suite and come with complimentary toiletries. Rooms also feature a flat-screen TV, a direct-line telephone, and tea and coffee-making facilities. Room service is provided on request. Guests can take advantage of free car parking and free Wi-Fi throughout, while a laundry and dry-cleaning service is also available. Breakfast is served in the restaurant which during the evening serves a selection of local produce. For a fee, the hotel will also provide packed lunches on request. Cragwood Country House Hotel Hotel is minutes from Lake Windermere, where boat trips can be enjoyed. The quaint local towns of Bowness, Hawkshead and Ambleside are all a short drive away, while local attractions include the World of Beatrix Potter museum and the Windermere Steamboat Museum.
      Hotel Ellerthwaite Lodge Windermere
      Ellerthwaite Lodge, a bed and breakfast in the heart of the Lake District, is walking distance from Lake Windermere and Windermere Village. Windermere Train Station is just minutes away. Guestrooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and coffee/tea makers and either exposed beams or high ceilings. Top floor rooms offer excellent views of the countryside. Room types vary and include a family suite and junior suite. Relax in the lounge with its leather sofas, stained glass windows and lovely views. There is plenty of free onsite parking. Wake up to a complimentary breakfast made with local ingredients. Grab a beverage from the daily coffee bar. Windermere town centre is a two-minute walk and offers excellent restaurants and bars. From Ellerthwaite Lodge, go hiking in Lake District National Park; visit World of Beatrix Potter or golf at Windermere Golf Club. Visit the town shops or go on a lake cruise.