Lake District Visitor information

Lake District

Introduction to the Lake District

The Lake District is situated to the south and west of Penrith in Cumbria.  It is the largest national park in the country and boasts 241 fells, 16 lakes, 53 tarns and several "waters". Many of the towns in the area are of the same name as a nearby lake, such as Grasmere and Windermere, whereas others are away from the water and major tourist centres such as Keswick and Ambleside. The region dates back to the Stone Age and its geographical isolation has preserved a lot of the culture, dialect and landscape. It has been the muse and inspiration for writers such as William Wordsworth, Jhn Ruskin, Alfred Wainwright and Beatrix Potter.

Historic places to visit in the Lake District

The major attractions of the area are the Lakes and the fells but to go with that there are many none scenic attractions that inform on the history of this ancient place. There are trips on steamers on many of the lakes and old steam railways in between various destinations and a great many country houses, some belonging to the National Trust, to visit.