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The Lake District Travel Guide

Plan Your Lake District Vacation

"Let nature be your teacher." Wordsworth's ideal comes true in this popular region of jagged mountains, waterfalls, wooded valleys, and stone-built villages. No mountains in Britain give a greater impression of majesty; deeper and bluer lakes can be found, but none that fit so readily into the surrounding scene. Outdoors enthusiasts flock to this region for boating or hiking, while

literary types visit the homes of Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth, and other favorite writers.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Hiking the trails Whether it's a demanding trek or a gentle stroll, walking is the way to see the Lake District at its best.
  2. Messing about in boats There's nowhere better for renting a small boat or taking a cruise. The Coniston Boating Centre and Derwent Water Marina near Keswick are possible places to start.
  3. Literary landscapes The Lake District has a rich literary history, in the children's books of Beatrix Potter, in the writings of John Ruskin, and in the poems of Wordsworth. Stop at any of the writers' homes to enrich your experience.
  4. Pints and pubs A pint of real ale in one of the region's inns, such as the Drunken Duck near Hawkshead, may never taste as good as after a day of walking.
  5. Sunrise at Castlerigg The stone circle at Castlerigg, in a hollow ringed by peaks, is a reminder of the region's ancient history.

When To Go

When to Go

The Lake District is one of the rainiest areas in Britain, but June, July, and August hold the best hope of fine weather, and summer is the time ...

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