There is so much more to England than just London – the city is fun with many events, happenings, museums and shops – but if you want to experience the true spirit of England, I suggest you go elsewhere.
To Cumbria, for example, this northern rural county is one of England’s most popular tourist destination, and for a good reason.
British Holiday In Cumbria UK
From mountains to the coast, forest to the towns, there are so many things to explore:
The Lake District
With its mountainous landscape with fells, lakes and abundance of flowers, there is no doubt that most of the 15.8 million visitors are drawn to Cumbria for its natural beauty.
One of the most popular places to visit is the Lake District and Lake Distric National park, which is one of England’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty.
The scenic hills and lakes makes it a perfect place for hiking, and there are many famous hikes like the ”coast to coast” walk and Pennine Way.
While there are many long walks lasting for days, most people prefer to base themselves somewhere and go for daywalks in the Lake District.
One of the best towns to base yourself in Lake District is Grasmere and Keswick.
While the Lake District often is the main reason people visit Cumbria, many of the little towns pride on long history and quaint architecture, and definitely deserve a visit as well.
Keswick is the northern hub of Lake District National Park, and a favorite base for the more serious walkers and climbers.
Many artists and photographers also like to base themselves here because of the beautiful lake and mountain scenery.
The great thing about this area is that you don’t have to take exhaustingly long walks to see some natural beauty that Lake District is so famous for.
Many walks can be done starting from the town, some just a ten minute stroll away, and unlike many other hiking areas in the UK you don’t need your own car, there are many buses to use.
The streets of Keswick are very quaint, and the Saturday market with a history dating back several hundred years, is also worth a visit.
After a long day of walking and exploring the area, reside in one of the Keswick cottages and rest your feet before heading out to the local pub for some traditional pub grub.
Grasmere is Cumbria’s most popular village, with most of its buildings dating back to 19th or early 20th century, but the farms around the village are much older than that.
There is also a church, St Oswald’s church, which dates back as far as th 13th century, built in traditional Lakeland style with rendering on the walls.
The church is the most popular tourist attraction, and people also like to visit the graveyard where Wordsworth, the most famous writer and poet in the Lakelands rests.
Grasmere is also a popular place for its many Grasmere cottages, B&B’s and hotels which makes this town a good place to base yourself in when exploring the Lakelands.
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