County Town: Carlisle
Population: 490,200
Area: 2632 Sq miles 6817 Sq km
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South Lakeland

Sparkling lakes, rugged fells and sweeping coastline

Well known for outstanding natural scenery, excellent accommodation and visitor attractions, the Lake District makes a great holiday destination. The Yorkshire Dales are also within easy reach - the 2 national parks are only 10 miles apart making it easy to combine a trip to both areas. Simple to reach by road or rail. A wide range of public transport is available within the area, including coach, minibus, train, ferry, steamer and cycle services. Stretching back thousands of years, there is an incredible diversity of history and culture to explore. Unearth the region's inspiring literary heritage by visiting the houses and haunts of Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth and John Ruskin. Explore world-famous lakes including Windermere or climb some of the most dramatic mountains in England such as Scafell.

Places of historic interest include Blackwell, an inspirational Arts and Crafts house, Levens Hall and its famous topiary gardens and the glorious 12th century Cartmel Priory, or take a ride back in time on the Settle to Carlisle Railway.

There is a vast range of to suit all tastes and budgets. From country house hotels, ancient inns, cosy cottages and traditional farmhouses to caravan and camping sites.

Stunning ever-changing scenery, offers walking, cycling, climbing, water sports and fishing opportunities all within easy reach. The Cumbria Cycle Way, a 259 mile circular route passes through Kirkby Lonsdale and Sedbergh and the Cumbria Way, a 70 mile walk, takes you through breathtaking countryside from Ulverston to Carlisle.

A wide variety of places to eat and shop are on offer. Look out for local specialities such as Morecambe Bay Shrimps, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding and Kendal Mintcake. Keep an eye open for the Made in Cumbria sign - locally made crafts and produce make ideal reminders of your visit.

Town pages: Windermere, Ambleside, Kendal, Grange-over-Sands

For more information contact:
British Tourist Authority - 0871 572 3058

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