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In the north-west of England, set amongst the Cumbrian Mountains, the Lake District is a great place to visit. There are 16 lakes, ranging from the largest, Lake Windermere (over 10 miles / 6km long), to the smallest, Brothers Water (less than half a mile / 0.3km long).

For walkers and climbers, there are 4 peaks in excess of 1,000 ft (300m), including Scafell Pike , at 3210 ft (987m) England's highest peak. The Lake District covers an area of 866 square miles (2,243 square kilometres) so if you want to explore it thoroughly make sure you have a good map with you when you go.

Of course the main attraction is the dramatic scenery -- the lakes, the fells (rocky, large hills or small mountains ) the dales (valleys) and the peaks -- but there's lots of history here too: there is evidence of Stone Age civilisation; the Romans certainly left their mark with the roads and forts they constructed; the Norse occupied the area around 900AD and cleared forests to start industry and it's thought they introduced the Herdwick sheep, the hardy breed that are so familiar on the Lake District fells to this day.

In more recent times, literary giants such as William Wordsworth and John Ruskin lived here and artists such as Turner and Constable painted the Lakes vistas -- such affinities helped develop the tourism industry that the Lake District enjoys today.

Unfortunately the Lake District has a reputation for attracting rainy weather -- however it's not always like that -- I took the above photo from Ambleside at the north end of Lake Windermere on January 29th, 2005 -- blue skies and sunshine in January, it was perfect ...

So, there's lots to see and do in the Lake District -- I hope my photos and tips will give you some indication of what the area has to offer and if you visit I hope you have some sunny days to enjoy it.

  • Last visit to Lake District National Park: Jul 2008
  • Intro Updated Jul 23, 2008
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  • sue_stone's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2008 at 8:59 AM

    Gorgeous photos and helpful tips! You've given me lots of ideas for a visit later in the year : )

  • RafaelTheSecond's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2007 at 1:39 PM

    Lake District must be one of the most beautiful regions in the UK! Your pictures are simply gorgeous!;)

  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2007 at 12:42 PM

    I've really enjoyed reading your Lake District tips. We're planning 5 days up here at the end of May - it's so difficult to plan an itinerary as there's so much to see.

  • alycat's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2007 at 8:39 PM

    Stuff from the top drawer..thnx!

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2007 at 2:33 AM

    Gorgeous scenery in your excellent photos. No wonder the area was an inspiration to so many poets. Thanks for a most interesting tour.

  • BlueBeth's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2006 at 2:35 AM

    Paul, what beautiful pictures! I've not been to the Lakes since I was a child but I'm staying New Years weekend. It looks just like I remember it from your photos :-)

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2006 at 3:50 AM

    Beautiful scenery, great photos and very interesting tips - they all make this page excellent.

  • Piercetheplanet's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2006 at 2:19 AM

    Hi Ben, been a long time since my last visit!:-) I loved the pics, Ashness Bridge is my personal favourite! Hope I'll get a chance to go there one day;-)

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2006 at 10:30 AM

    great pics and tips!

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2006 at 4:38 AM

    Fantastic page. Lovely photos and great information. Someone else has been to Egremont castle!!!!!

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