Welcome to LAKE DISTRICT travel guide, the website that tells you everything you need to know about this beautiful north west corner of England, home to the World Heritage sites of the Lake District and Hadrian’s Wall. 

Defined by its lakes, mountains and valleys, the Lake District is undoubtedly the best known part of Cumbria, but other different, distinct and alluring areas comprise England’s third largest county. 

There’s the Eden Valley, with the North Pennines an almost continual backdrop to the east, the wilder countryside of the Anglo-Scottish borderlands, the west coast with its rich maritime history, the lovely western fringes of the Yorkshire Dales and the bird lover’s paradise of both Morecambe Bay and the Solway Coast.

Romans, Vikings and generations of farmers have all left their mark on Cumbria’s landscape; painters and writers have been inspired by its glory. Poet William Wordsworth made his home here, so did authors Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransome and the great Victorian John Ruskin.

Explore this website and you’ll discover a wealth of attractions, great places to eat and drink and a huge choice of places to stay. Find out what to do on wheels or on water, where to take the family and how to get the thrill of outdoor adventure. Follow the trails of famous people, simply enjoy a quiet walk, take in a show or festival, or savour a world of artists, makers and artisan producers.

So, welcome to LAKE DISTRICT travel guide. And welcome to Cumbria.

CHANGING PICTURES AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE SHOW: Windermere Lake Cruises ‘steamers’ at Bowness; food at Michelin starred Rogan & Co in Cartmel; Waternook beside Ullswater; Wastwater, England’s deepest lake; Lowgill Viaduct near Tebay, looking towards the Howgill Fells; time for tea at The Malabar (hotel) near Sedbergh; Ashness Bridge, above Derwentwater; the Langdale Pikes. All pictures by Nina Claridge except The Malabar and Waternook. The Malabar by Tiree Dawson who also took the ‘box’ picture - at The Malabar - for '30 places to stay’. Waternook by Ben Barden.

35 places to stay in the Lake District / Cumbria

25 places to stay in the Lake District / Cumbria

East Lake District

The North and West Cumbria

Central Lake District

Grasmere Lake District

The South Lake District

Central Lake District

Northern Lake District

The South Lake District

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