The Lake District in Cumbria is home to England's: largest lake, Windermere; arguably steepest road, The Hardknott Pass; and tallest mountain, Scafell Pike 978m. Situated in the North-West of England, 2 hours from the City of Manchester, the Lake District is a place of outstanding natural beauty.
Windermere, Coniston, Derwentwater, Buttermere, Ullswater, Bassenthwaite, Rydal Water, Angle Tarn and Scales Tarn are the natural lakes, large and small, that give the Lake District its name, providing opportunities for wild swimming and other water sports.
Well known for its picturesque walks, the area also offers a wide variety of challenging hills and more leisurely walks. In addition to Scafell Pike there is Helvellyn, Bowfell, Catsbells, Skiddaw, Blencathra and many more wonderful hills providing climbs, scrambles and walks for all abilities with evocative names such as Striding Edge and Sharp Edge, which tend to attract the more ambitious walker.
The area is dotted with busy and very pretty towns such as Ambleside, Keswick, and Winder, as well as picture-book villages such as Grasmere or Buttermere. The larger towns have their own attractions with numerous outdoor shops to browse.
Other popular attractions are: Hill Top Cottage in Hawkshead, the home of Beatrix Potter, one of the UK's best loved children's authors and The Wordsworth Museum/Dove Cottage, the former home of one of Britain's most revered poets, William Wordsworth.
The Lake District is also very popular for its many, quintessentially English, country pubs and quality restaurants, including the famous Dungeon Ghyll in the Langdales and The Pheasant Inn at Bassenthwaite. These are amongst the more renowned ones, but there are plenty more to choose from, whatever your chosen tipple. :)
Ambleside is a bustling little tourist village right in the heart of the English lakes. Just a few miles from Windermere, and located on the northern end of the Lake itself.
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Windermere, and its nearby neighbour Bowness on Windermere are situated at the southern end of the English Lake District, Cumbria. Windermere the lake, on the shore of which both towns lie …