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The County of Cumbria has to be one of the most beautiful and the most visited in the UK. This is because the English Lake district occupies nearly all the county. Modern day Cumbria was formed in the local government reforms of 1974 and now includes the traditional counties of Cumberland and Westmorland.

The Lake District national park has some of the most breath taking scenery imaginable with mountains fells and Lakes the whole area is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts, this landscape has been immortalized over the years in both paintings and prose. William wordsworth was born in Cockermouth the huntsman John peel was born in Caldbeck, the walkers favorite Alfred wainwright who worked for Kendal council spent most of his life walking the fells, mapping and drawing to produce his iconic guides.

England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike can be found here along with other equally spectacular peaks such as Great gable, Blencathra and Skiddaw. Helvellyn with its famous striding edge attracts thousands of walkers every year.

The main towns of Windermere, Bowness, Coniston and Keswick are all great places to visit along with the many lakes and tarns. Carlisle is the county town there you can see an impressive castle that over the years bore the brunt of repeated border raids by the Scots.

Cumbria is the starting point for Hadrians wall at Birdoswald you can see a section along with the remains of a fort.Cumbria has other equally interesting areas in the eastern part of the county and destinations like Kirby Lonsdale a quaint market town and Sedbergh the book town are worth a visit.

Other destinations like Carlisle, Penrith and Appleby with its famous horse fair ensure there is never a shortage of things to see.Along the coast the towns of Whitehaven Maryport and workington where once ports and also centers for mining.

Towns in Cumbria

Activities in Cumbria

Family Fun

Beatrix Potter - The world of Beatrix Potter

House and Gardens

Brantwood - John Ruskins Home 1872 - 1900


Dove Cottage - Dove cottage and Wordsworth Museum

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