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A Dip in the Lake District

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A July 2003 trip to Cumbria by MichaelJM

Bowder Stone Photo, Keswick, England More Photos
Quote: The Lake District is a region for all seasons, taking on a different aura depending on the season.

A Dip in the Lake District

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Overview

There's some great views Photo, Cumbria, England
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Despite its overwhelming popularity, The Lake district has managed to retain many of its quaint traditional ways. It isn’t unusual to get "stuck behind" a trail of sheep as they amble down the country lanes or be "held up" as cows are led across roads for milking time. We were struck by the ever-changing hues of the countryside and the subtle blended contrast of a tapestry of colours in the mountain side, fields and forests. Certainly it was easier than we thought to find a quiet spot to stop and breathe in the clear air and appreciate the amazing reflections of unspoilt scenery in the calm waters of the lakes. I still find the peacefulness of the region quite uncanny considering the regular invasions...Read More

Bowder Stone

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Attraction | "Keswick"

Bowder Stone Photo, Keswick, England
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Keswick continues to hold a strong Victorian feel to its streets, but in reality it has its history in much earlier times. Indeed it is reputed to have become a settlement over 1300 years ago when a Saint Herbert became a hermit. In the early 1500s, Keswick (the old English meaning of the word is "cheese farm") was described as "a little poor market town," but by the mid-16th century it was a commercial centre being over-run by German miners looking for gold. Needless to say they didn’t find gold, but they found graphite, which in turn created Keswick as the world centre for the production of high quality pencils and artist’s crayons. They’re not cheap, but they are reputed to be the best around. Chec...Read More

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Bowder Stone
Borrowdale
Keswick, Cumbria

Lake Windermere Sights & Attractions

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Attraction | "Around Lake Windermere"

Lake Windermere Sights & Attractions Photo,
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Windermere, at 10½ miles long and 220 feet deep, is England’s largest lake and surprisingly, the village of Windermere is not based at the water’s edge. The village is about a kilometre off the shore, and it’s probably the most popular of all the Cumbrian settlements. Known as Birthwaite up until 1847 and the building of the railway, Windermere is a classic Victorian town with a great choice of shops to poke around in, the largest being the Lakeland Plastic outlet (a "creative kitchenware" retailer). Head towards the lake and you’ll arrive at Bowness-on-Windermere, which will give you a true view of "lakes" tourism. Relaxing on the gentle grassy slopes gave us great views of the lake and an...Read More

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Lake Windermere Sights & Attractions
Cumbria
London, England

Lake District National Park

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Attraction | "Mint Cake, Shoes, Poets and Artists"

Lake District National Park Photo, Cumbria, England
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The home of the eponymously named mint cake and Clarks foot ware. Strange as it may seem there is a real connection between the two. The mint cake is a sweet slab of mint-flavoured sugar, giving a high-energy boost (I’m afraid that I find it extremely moreish, so will only ever buy it in small quantities), so it is ideal for walkers trekking around in locally made shoes in the rugged terrain of the Lake District. Be sure to check out Clarks Retail Park, as I’m sure you’ll find a bargain or two at their shoe factory outlet. In recent years, this outlet mall has expanded to sell a whole range of reduced price designer ware, so if you’re a keen shopper you’ll need more than a few minutes to pop in!...Read More

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Lake District National Park
Brockhole-Visitor Centre at A591
Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LJ
015394 46601

Cumbria Sights & Attractions

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Attraction | "Round and About"

Cumbria Sights & Attractions Photo,
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Whatever you do when you visit the Lake District, don’t forget to pay some attention to the Cumbrian Coastline. There's a good coastal road that takes you from Grange-over Sands to Whitehaven and beyond. I’m not suggesting that this is necessarily the most inspiring collection of towns in the country , but we pulled in some great views of Morecombe Bay and Hampsfell (a mere stone’s throw from Grange-over-Sands) offers astonishing views (on a clear day) of the Cumbrian inland and to the far east some of the Yorkshire peaks. Grange-over-Sands is not stunning but it does boast a Victorian railway station and some elegant shops with canopies and a promenade where one can just about imagine Victorian ho...Read More

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Cumbria Sights & Attractions
Throughout Cumbria
Yorkshire, England