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The Lake District and its Visitor Attractions

The Lake District is a region of contrasting landscapes, from the white limestone outcrops of the Furness Peninsula to the fen-covered hillsides of the Duddon Estuary. It is an area of dramatic, profound beauty that has inspired the likes of Wordsworth.

There are 16 major lakes varying in size including the vast Lake Windermere and the tiny Brother's Water. Towering above them are great brooding mountains like Scaffell Pike, Britain's highest peak. Roads and pathways carry travellers high up into the surrounding mountain passes towards Esk Hause, Sticks Pass and Nan Bield Pass.

Cartmel, a cathedral town in miniature dates back to 1188 and boasts treasures such as a 14th century gatehouse and 12th century church. Some of the best walking country surrounds this little town with footpaths winding their way through bracken and holly covered hillsides. Hawkshead, another countryside gem, with its stone cottages is one of The Lake District's finest beauty spots and epitomises the character of these parts.

The Old Man of Coniston, rising to 2635 ft looks over the waterfalls and green hills of Furness Fells and affords some majestic views out across the distinctive landscape. See our visitor attractions section for more notable tourist attractions and places of interest.

Outdoor Activities

There's a rich variety of outdoor activities in the Lake District. The region is ideal for walking and there are a number of centres that offer professional guided walks. Sailing and boat hire is also available on most of the lakes and is relatively cheap.

History and Culture

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery provides a history of the town and houses original manuscripts of the Lake Poets, William Wordsworth, Hugh Walpole and Robert Southay. Brougham Castle is another notable historical site and is a well-restored 13th century keep which is owned by the English Heritage.

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