Reasons to visit the Lake District

The Lake District has walks for every ability from gentle ambles around lakes to high ridge walks, with a bit of scrambling over rocks thrown in for good measure. It's home to the highest mountain in England (Scafell Pike) and the deepest lake in England (Wastwater).

The bigger lakes like Windermere, Coniston and Ullswater offer all sorts of on-the-water activity too. There are steamer trips, boat hire, canoeing, fishing, and more. If you fancy swimming in the lakes then the smaller lakes are recommended as there is less boat traffic.

Of course the Lake District is famous as the home of Beatrix Potter and the place where Wordsworth wrote his most famous poem. The National Trust cares for Beatrix Potter's home at Ambleside so lovers of her charming stories are well catered-for. William Wordsworth's modest home in Grasmere is open to the public too, and there are lots of other things to see and do.

The millenia of history are well recorded, so visitors to the Lake District can see stone circles and other pre-historic sites, Roman roads and forts, more recent castles and country houses, and a whole variety of historic industrial heritage including lead, iron and copper mines.

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