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The Lake District, one of the most beautiful regions of the UK, is located in the heart of Cumbria, a predominantly rural county in the far north west of England. World famous for its beautiful lakes and mountainous fells, carved out long ago by glaciers, the Lake District today is a playground for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. As well as the whole of the Lake District, also known as The Lakes or Lakeland and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cumbria includes the Eden Valley, the North Pennines, the Furness Peninsula, and a small part of the Yorkshire Dales.

Weather Averages

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MARCH - MAY High 10.88°c Low 3.21°c Precipitation 0.16mm/hr
JUNE - AUGUST High 17.33°c Low 10.07°c Precipitation 0.23mm/hr
SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER High 11.07°c Low 5°c Precipitation 0.19mm/hr
DECEMBER - FEBRUARY High 6.95°c Low 1.93°c Precipitation 0.29mm/hr

THINGS TO DO IN Cumbria

There is probably a greater variety of things to do and places to visit in the Lake District & Cumbria than anywhere else in the UK. Explore the mountains, fells, valleys and dales and visit the lakes and tarns of the Lake District & Cumbria. Discover hidden places to visit in the Lake District forests, woods, waterfalls, rivers and caves.

Ambleside

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Ambleside, a small town in the Lake District, has now become a major tourist resort with shops, restaurants, cinema and a large selection of places to stay. It is very popular with walkers and climbers and is one of the best bases for exploring the Lake District. A short walk from the centre of the village leads to Stock Ghyll Force, a spectacular 70 foot waterfall which may be viewed safely from a railed viewpoint. In spring the area under the trees is a carpet of daffodils.

Keswick

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Keswick, situated between the huge bulk of Skiddaw and the gentle beauty of Derwentwater, has become the major centre for tourism in the northern Lake District. This pretty market town offers a wide range of attractions for visitors, from shops and restaurants to museums with a difference, and boating trips around lake Derwentwater. Keswick is now one of the main centres of Outdoor Activities in the UK and an extensive selection of Adventure Activity companies, guides and instructors for all abilities are based around here.

Windermere

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Windermere lake, at 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep, is the largest natural lake in both the Lake District and in England, and is fed by numerous rivers. Strictly speaking, Windermere lake is just called Winder”mere”, with “mere” meaning a lake that is broad in relation to its depth. However here, to avoid confusion with Windermere Village, we refer to it as Windermere lake. The long thin lake itself forms the central spine of the Windermere lake area of the Lake District. This area is also known as the South Lakes.

LOCAL CUISINE

Cumbria offers local beers made from Lakeland water to renowned lamb and beef. Specialities include Kendal Mint Cake, Cumberland Sausage, Grasmere Gingerbread and Cumberland Rum Butter flavoured with rum, Barbados sugar and spices. Game flourishes in Cumbria including the Derwentwater duck which is traditionally served with a sweet and sharp Cumberland sauce.

GETTING HERE

The UK’s network of motorways, and other major roads means that Cumbria can easily be reached by car. The M6 motorway (from London to Glasgow) travels north through the centre of Cumbria – with junction 36 near Kendal, junction 40 at Penrith and junctions 42-44 at Carlisle. The A66 trunk route is the main way through Cumbria from East to West, from Scotch Corner to Workington, passing Brough, Temple Sowerby, Penrith, Keswick, and Cockermouth.