Travel Advice for Lake District National Park in England

January 5, 2012   Filed under Travel

Cumbria contains the Lake District National Park and all of England’s highest mountain peaks. Just a five-hour train ride from London, these three towns are great for exploring the history and natural resources of the Lake District.

Keswick: What do Beatrix Potter, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Billy Graham have in common, besides being popular authors? They all spent time in Keswick, England. Credited with manufacturing the world’s first graphite pencil, Keswick, meaning “farm where cheese is made,” is now home to the Cars of the Stars Museum, the Keswick Convention–a large Christian meet up– and a film festival, as well as other festivities throughout the year.

If your planning on attending any of the town’s events, a budget friendly option for those looking for a bit more space is renting one of Keswick cottages. The town is perfect for using as a home base to explore the Windermere Lake and other surrounding sights, including Castlerigg Stone Circle.

Ambleside: Situated on the north end of Lake Windermere, the town of 2,600 people contains a handful of pubs, shops and restaurants. And, while the town has its fair share of hotels and guest houses, Ambleside cottages are probably a better option for those wishing to spend more time exploring the lake and surrounding fells.

Situated on the north end of Lake Windermere, the town of 2,600 people contains a handful of pubs, shops and restaurants. And, while the town has its fair share of hotels and guest houses, Ambleside cottages are probably a better option for those wishing to spend more time exploring the lake and surrounding fells.

Windermere: Sitting less than a mile from the shore, Windermere is so small it’s considered a village. More than 10 miles in length, Lake Windereme is the largest in England, and is popular spot for yachting. Cottages scattered throughout the wooded slopes provide accommodations in Windermere that are perfect for those looking for a lakeside getaway.

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