The county of Cumbria has many attractions, but the most famous is the Lake District – the county's national park which attracts more than 15 million visitors a year. Hill walking, water-sports, cycling, rock climbing and abseiling are just some of the activities that have made the Lake District so well loved among the British – as well as among holiday makers from across the world. But Cumbria offers plenty outside the national park too; Hadrian’s Wall, numerous abbeys and castles and superb stretches of coastline – all provide much to see and do for all ages. If you’ve never been to Cumbria before, we think it’s about time you came!
Things to Do in Cumbria
England’s largest National Park is likely to dominate any trip to Cumbria, an area that has inspired numerous writers and artists since the middle of the 19th Century – most notably William Wordsworth. The beautiful mountains (known locally as ‘fells’) and lakes (‘meres’ and ‘tarns’) offer a fantastic setting for enjoying all kinds of outdoor activities – all dominated by England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike. If you can ever leave the tranquility of the Lake District, and towns like Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere, Coniston, Keswick, Grasmere and Windermere – you’ll find there is a great deal else to enjoy in Cumbria. From historic abbeys to world class zoos, from fascinating museums to imposing castles – and not forgetting the epic Hadrian’s Wall – the county is sure to have something to offer whether you’re young or not so young!
We want you to enjoy the best that Cumbria has to offer and so here's a small selection of our favourite things to see and do;
A Cruise on Lake Windermere
We know – everyone does this, but there’s a very good reason for that: it’s amazing! Lake Windermere is the largest lake in England, surrounded by some of the prettiest scenery in England – the combination is sure to make for a great trip, for both adults and children.
It’s the largest mountain in England, and affords views as far away as Snowdonia. Not an easy climb by any means, but if you fill yourself up with good Lake District food, make sure you’re wearing some seriously hard-wearing boots and attempt the summit from the northern side – you may just make it. The sense of achievement you’ll have will be worth all the hard work, and you can’t return home without being able to say you climbed the Pike!
Want to find out how keen the Roman’s were to keep the Scottish out of the Roman Empire? Just take a look at Hadrian’s Wall. The Roman’s took wall-building to a whole new dimension – and you can get up close to the results by walking along Hadrian’s Wall Path or by cycling along National Cycle Route 72. Find out why this is the number one tourist attraction in northern England.
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