With 16 lakes, rolling hills and an array of beautiful villages, the Lake District is one of the most scenic areas in the whole of Britain. It is wild and untamed in places with historical monuments, castles and ruins scattered throughout and more than a few diversions in the shape of cafes or pubs to break up the visit. It is a walker’s paradise and for the more adventurous, there is hiking, kayaking, kite surfing, hot air ballooning, boating, fishing, climbing, cycling, river cruises and other outdoor attractions.
Culture and heritage
If you are a literary buff, you can go and visit William Wordsworth’s house, Dove Cottage in Grasmere. Beatrix Potter stayed in the Lake District, which forms the background of some of her famous books. The Blackwell Arts and Crafts House showcases the best of arts and crafts of the area and holds exhibitions and other events. Another place worth a visit is the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, which houses contemporary art in a heritage house. It also has archaeological artifacts from the Stone Age onwards and an impressive collection of Pre-Raphaelite art.
Muncaster Castle, an imposing castle in scenic surroundings, is full of antiques and art and is also reported to have a ghost. It also has the World Owl Center, a must for those with a love for ornithology. Lowther Castle and Gardens, the ruined castle and garden, is open to visitors for the first time in 400 years.
Whether you are interested in historic or literary aspects or just want to take in the beauty of nature, eat good food and go for walks, you can make the Lake District experience a memorable one.
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