For those people who have visited Great Britain and have just been to its capital London, they may have missed out on some of the most glorious countryside the north of Britain has to offer. Such as the Scottish Highlands, the Yorkshire Moors and of course the fabulous Lake District. Britain is a fairly crowded island that is home to around sixty million citizens, it has amazing large cities and towns that are mainly in the midlands and the south of the country. But once you pass the urban conurbations of Liverpool and Manchester in the west and Newcastle in the south, people start to thin out and countryside takes over.
Perhaps the greatest National Park in England is the magnificent Lake District, aptly named for the plethora of stunning lakes that are in the region which glimmer like jewels against the verdant green countryside. The Lake District is one of Britain’s finest green areas that offers so much outdoor pleasure to young and old.
The Lake District
The Lake District is situated in Cumbria and is the most visited National Park in Britain. Partly because of its easy accessibility and partly because of its great beauty. Each year approximately fifteen million people visit the Lake District to see a place that captured the hearts of the great Romantic Poets in the 19th Century. It is easy to see why Wordsworth, Keats and the other poets were so captured by the sheer beauty of the Lake District, with enchanting fells, craggy hilltops, mountain tarns and the ubiquitous glittering lakes. The Lake District is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site which gives recognition to the continuing tradition of hill farming in the area.
Things to Do
Visiting the Lake District is all about outdoor pursuits, you do not go to this beautiful place to stay indoors, so expect to be out and about roaming the countryside. The mountains are not as high as in Scotland but do not be fooled, as there are some great rock climbing around Scafell Pike and other lofty places. The actual lakes and tarns restrict water sports, and boating, kayaking, canoeing is about all you are permitted to do on the famous lakes.
The name the Lake District is a little bit misleading as most of the lakes are not really lakes at all. They are a mixture of tarns, meres and waters. The major lakes are Windermere, Ullswater, Grasmere, Bassenthwaite,, Buttermere, Coniston and Derwent Water.
Of all these, the only real lake is Bassenthwaite, the longest being Windermere and the deepest is Wast Water. The lakes are stunningly beautiful, especially the ones that are more off the beaten track. Here you can find solitude and be as one with nature.
Apart from the magnificent lakes, one of the most popular attractions is fell walking; the Lake District features some of the finest fell walking in Europe. You can leave one small hamlet, walk across the fells and find another village with a pub to give you accommodation before the next day’s walking. The Lake District is a magical place fit for poets and nature lovers.