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Discover Cumbria

Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.

Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.

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Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel

Holbeck Ghyll sits high up overlooking the majestic Lake Windermere and is worth the journey for the view alone.
Lutwidge Arms

The Lutwidge Arms

Welcoming family-run inn, ideally located for exploring the Lake District, Scafell Pike, the narrow gauge Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway and much, much more besides.
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The Dining Room

The comfortable and refined Dining Room restaurant at the Oak Bank Hotel in Grasmere is the setting for ambitious and creative food.