Exploring the Lake District

Today Cumbria is a county in North West England. Modern Cumbria was formed in 1974 by counties of Cumberland, Westmorland and a part of Lancashire joining together. Carlisle is the county town and the only other urban area in the county other than Barrow-in-Furness.

The county has six districts and a population of around 500,000 people, which makes it some of the most sparsely populated areas in the country.

Historically, Cumbria existed around 1,000 before the Celtic Kingdom. Thousands of years before that, the region was home to a number of tribes from the Neolithic age.

Cumbria is about 270 miles away from London. A large part of it is Lake District National Park, the largest national park in the United Kingdom.

While the towns in the county are small, they do have quality hotels and restaurants. Towns such as Bowness, Grasmere, and Keswick will all provide you with great opportunities for exploring the region.

The weather in the area is completely unpredictable and you should be prepared for thin rains, mists, and winds. If you like to hike, make sure that you bring waterproof boots and vests with you.

Cumbria is home to Lake Windermere, which is 10 miles long and is the largest lake in England. It is also a very popular destination for people who love sailing, yachting and rowing.

On the eastern shore of the lake, you will find the town of Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere, both of which are busy locations that attract a lot of tourists. You can walk from one town to the other in around 15 minutes or you can take a local bus.

The lake has various boating trips available twelve months a year. Most of the boats are well-equipped for sight-seeing and come with large windows and open decks. There is also a ferry, which is the cheapest way to get from one shore of the lake to the other.