Cumbria

Visit Cumbria for an experience like no other in England. The market towns of Kendal, Keswick and Cockermouth offer a unique shopping experience for the urban dweller, and the busy lakes of Windermere and Ullswater provide ample opportunity for boating or watersports. The east’s Eden Valley is one of the region’s best-kept secrets, and the west’s dramatic scenery of Buttermere and Wastwater well-worth the extra-mileage. Keep an eye out for England’s last golden eagle and don’t forget to stock up on Kendal Mintcake, still made in the town that bears its name. Visit Cumbria today and take in the county’s splendour for yourself.

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Enjoy exquisite art at Abbot Hall

Enjoy exquisite art at Abbot Hall

An amazing range of art in a beautiful Georgian setting makes Abbot Hall, one of the finest small galleries in Britain.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

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Wander like Wordsworth around Ullswater

Wander like Wordsworth around Ullswater

Take a trip to Ullswater and enjoy the fabulous lake and the crowd of golden daffodils which inspired the poet William Wordsworth.

Location: Ullswater, Cumbria

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Visit much-loved author Beatrix Potter’s home

Visit much-loved author Beatrix Potter’s home

As the children’s author and illustrator’s 150th birthday is celebrated in 2016, explore the enchanting landscapes that inspired her.

Location: Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Cumbria

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Ride a heavy horse in the Cumbrian countryside

Ride a heavy horse in the Cumbrian countryside

Experience a horse ride like no other with Cumbrian Heavy Horses.

Location: Whicham Valley, Cumbria

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Enjoy a romantic retreat on the shore of Derwentwater

Enjoy a romantic retreat on the shore of Derwentwater

Escape with your loved-one to the Lingholm estate, set in a stunning location on the western shore of Derwentwater.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

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Escape to the Lake District for a dog friendly weekend break

Escape to the Lake District for a dog friendly weekend break

Head to Coniston in the Lake District for a multitude of dog friendly days out, including long walks, boat rides and lots of cake.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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Go horseriding in the Lake District

Go horseriding in the Lake District

Saddle up for a two-day horseriding trek around the fells of the Lake District.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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Recline in the lap of luxury in historic Carlisle

Recline in the lap of luxury in historic Carlisle

The Halston Aparthotel forms a luxurious base for exploring Carlisle’s vibrant cosmopolitan culture and ancient history.

Location: Carlisle, Cumbria

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Take a leisurely and scenic cruise on the Lakes

Take a leisurely and scenic cruise on the Lakes

The Lake District is one of the country’s most famous beauty spots, and where better to take it all in that from the lakes themselves?

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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Take the plunge in Europe’s biggest open water swimming event

Take the plunge in Europe’s biggest open water swimming event

Swap the beach this June for the shores of England’s longest lake, Lake Windermere in Cumbria, and dive into Europe’s biggest open water swimming event.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

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Explore Hadrian’s Wall Country on an electric bike

Explore Hadrian’s Wall Country on an electric bike

Use modern marvels to explore ancient history with the Hadrian’s Wall Cycle Scheme.

Location: Maryport, Cumbria

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Take in 'Swallows and Amazons' landscape on a relaxing cruise

Take in 'Swallows and Amazons' landscape on a relaxing cruise

Take a trip around the landscape used in the film ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and discover what inspired Arthur Ransome to write his famous book.

Location: Derwentwater, Cumbria

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See unusual sculptures in Grizedale Forest

See unusual sculptures in Grizedale Forest

Discover the unexpected, the quirky, the confounding and the confusing in Grizedale Forest with a whole host of art inspired by the landscape.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

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Cycle the Moor Top Trail In Grizedale Forest

Cycle the Moor Top Trail In Grizedale Forest

Challenge yourself to Cycle the Moor Top Trail in Grizedale Forest offering rugged landscapes and woodland trails making for a perfect ride.

Location: Grizedale, Cumbria

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Put pedal to the metal on a mountain biking break in Penrith

Put pedal to the metal on a mountain biking break in Penrith

Hit those Cumbrian trails with your trusty bike on a cycling holiday in Penrith.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

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Taste Cumbria’s traditional flavours with a fine dining twist

Taste Cumbria’s traditional flavours with a fine dining twist

Indulge in the best foods this side of the Cumbrian border with a stay at Hipping Hall, a restaurant-with-rooms that’s passionate about local produce.

Location: Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

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Experience Cumbria’s soaring coastal cliffs at St Bees Head

Experience Cumbria’s soaring coastal cliffs at St Bees Head

Discover towering red sandstone cliffs, a perfect sandy beach and a rich past – part of England’s only Heritage Coast between Scotland and Wales.

Location: St Bees, Cumbria

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Enjoy fine dining at The Samling

Enjoy fine dining at The Samling

Top grub and sweeping views of Lake Windermere.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

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Stay in your very own hobbit hole in the Lake District

Stay in your very own hobbit hole in the Lake District

Escape on a budget break to the Quiet Site in Cumbria, a family-run site overlooking Ullswater in the north of the Lake District.

Location: Ullswater, Cumbria

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Create your own chocolate in the heart of the Lake District

Create your own chocolate in the heart of the Lake District

Take the family on a chocolate adventure at a new and interactive experience at the Cocoa Bean Company.

Location: Hawkshead, Cumbria

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