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Walking England's Lake District Overview
Take a walking tour through England's evocative Lake District
Visit England's Lake District and be transported to a romantic world that has inspired poets, novelists and artists for centuries. Step onto a canvas of rolling green hills, craggy rust-hued mountains and sparkling lakes of the deepest blue. Amble through the verdant countryside that William Wordsworth called home, hear fascinating tales of the region’s evocative past and stay at the country estate once owned by Beatrix Potter. Dotted with medieval castles, gothic churches and whitewashed cottages, the Lake District is perfect place to clear the head and let the imagination wander.
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Welcome to England's spectacular Lake District - a storybook landscape that's charmed and inspired countless writers and artists through the course of history. Arrive in Penrith and transfer to Askham village for a stroll through the Earl of Lonsdale's estate. Head into Lake District National Park, passing prehistoric settlements and enjoying distant views of the Cumbrian Mountains and Ullswater. Explore an ancient village, and wander through the woods to picturesque Aira Beck and stunning Aira Force - arguably the region's most famous waterfall.
Walk along a rambling trail through a valley dotted with former slate mines to reach the medieval hamlet of Grange, nestled in the heart of Borrowdale Valley and set against a backdrop of dramatic peaks. Admire the historic double-arched stone bridge, built in 1675, that straddles the River Derwent and hop aboard a Victorian ferryboat to take in the postcard-perfect scenery from another perspective.
Cross Whinlatter Pass to revel in the ethereal beauty of Keswick and the Buttermere Valley. Amble around Crummock Water and Buttermere Lake, taking in stirring views of the soaring mountains surrounding these enchanting bodies of water.
Follow in the footsteps of the great 19th-century poet William Wordsworth - contemplate the sublime beauty of nature while meandering through one of the region’s breathtaking dales. Visit Dove Cottage in Grasmere, where the poet penned much of his work, the before exploring his last home at Rydal Mount.
Ponder the world through the eyes of Wordsworth again on a walk towards sparkling Lake Windermere, which snakes its way between the hills of the Southern Lakeland. Cross the lake on a ferry, then saunter past glistening mountain tarns while enjoying views of the undulating, treeless central hills in the distance. Climb to Latterbarrow for superb vistas of the region, before descending to the charming village of Hawkshead - home to both William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Wander through the maze of higgledy-piggledy architecture and historic squares to see why these two literary legends were so enamoured with this quaint market town. While here, be sure to visit the beautiful 17th-century building that houses a collection of original Beatrix Potter paintings.
Head to Coniston to explore the famous Copper Mines Valley, and perhaps glide across Lake Coniston on a restored Victorian steam yacht. Stay at Beatrix Potter's former country estate. In free time, why not take a stroll through the private gardens to picture Peter Rabbit bounding through the neighbouring countryside.
Retrace the footsteps of Britain's most famous hillwalker, Alfred Wainwright, by ascending Orrest Head - the magnificent views of Lake Windermere make a fitting final souvenir of this Walking England's Lake District adventure.
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