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Boat Tours & Water Sports , Bowness-on-Windermere
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Lake Windermere , Windermere
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In some ways the archetypically British setting, Lake Windermere sits charmingly in a shallow, lush valley of rolling hills, bushy trees, and
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Water Body
Derwentwater , Keswick
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One glance at Derwentwater is all you'll need to realize why this "Queen of Lakes" inspires so many romantic poets and artists. Towering crag
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Hike the rolling green lakeside hills of Catbells Lakeland Walk. This 6.5 km (4 mi) walk snakes through the Lake District National Park, prov
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Cumbria

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Most people speed through Cumbria in a mad rush to get to the region’s most popular tourist attractions, the Lake District National Park and Hadrian’s Wall. Despite this unfortunate oversight, for centuries this county of outstanding natural beauty, bustling market towns, and picturesque villages has inspired musicians and writers, including William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Much of Cumbria is mountainous, and it notably contains Scafell Pike, England’s highest point. The region’s history was long characterized by invasions, mass migrations, and repeated bloody land disputes between the English and Scottish. Today, Cumbria stands poised to be invaded by tourists, but for the moment visitors here can enjoy quiet tours of the unspoiled land, dramatic mountain walks, sparkling lakes, and scenic hillside trails. With our world travel planner, United Kingdom vacations can be built around trips to Cumbria and other destinations in United Kingdom.

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Windermere Trip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Water Body, Lookout Penrith Trip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Waterfall, Playground Ambleside Trip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Specialty Museum, Castle Bowness-on-Windermere Trip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Children’s Museum, Art Museum Cockermouth Trip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Water Body, Architectural Building

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