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Designed by Baillie Scott of the Arts and Crafts Movement as a country house, the building was completed in 1900.
Picturesque remains of an important Cistercian abbey.
Levens Hall & Gardens
Elizabethan Hall and Gardens providing a fine visit.
The first castle was built in the 13th century and, though much altered, it has been the home of the Pennington family since.
Sizergh Castle & Gardens
Sizergh Castle was started in the 14th century.
Wonderful gardens with no entry charge, these are staffed almost entirely by volunteers.
Beautiful stone circle with excellent views, particularly of Blencathra.
You don't need to be a Quaker to admire and learn from this tapestry, which was done by numerous Friends in many countries.
Rheged Discovery Centre
The exception that proves the rule! I've not been here. However I've heard glowing accounts of the massive cinema screen and other attractions.
Grizedale Forest Park
If your children need something more than just beauty, the Forestry Commission Centre at Grizedale may be exactly where to head.
Also known by the more prosaic name of Saddleback, this would be my recommendation for anybody with limited time in the District. As hard [Sharp Edge] or as easy [Hall's Fell] as you like!
A splendid mountain reckoned by some to be the most shapely in England. The walk described under 'read more' is pretty splendid but note that there is one 'bad step' during the traverse of Crinkle Crags.
Buttermere is one of the region's lakes that, simply in view of its situation, attracts fewer visitors than many. It can be regarded as a connoiseur's lake!
Coniston Old Man
This is the highest top in the group which lends itself to a fine ridge walk starting along Walna Scar Road.
This is the lake where Donald Campbell died, attempting to break his own world water speed record.
The river Derwent flows through Borrowdale to disgorge its water into Derwentwater, the lake with Keswick at its north end.
One of the real beauties of the Lake District, Eskdale is one of the highest of the valleys and provides a good access route to Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England.
Great Gable (SV)
One of the most popular mountains in the Lake District, noted for Napes Needle and the Climbers' Traverse [its traverse isn't restricted to climbers.]
The steepest road pass in England, Hardknott was once a terror for motorists, some of whom drove backwards for the very low gear.
Haweswater is now a reservoir and hence is often seen well under full.
Those from the other side of the pond may refuse to accord any interest to a mountain of only about 580 metres but if the summit of Haystacks were a bit higher, it would rate with the best in the UK.
England's second highest after the Scafells. A wide [and possibly slightly boring] top but the circuit by Striding and Swirral Edges is a great outing.
By no means the highest but well among the most popular of Lakeland mountains. They are often a first introduction to the area but they are by no means the easiest!
England's highest point - rated by the greatest guidebook writer of them all, Alfred Wainwright, as the finest mountain in the Lake District.
A beautiful tarn near Great End that feeds into Styhead Tarn [q.v.]
Styhead Tarn (SV)
A small tarn at the foot of Great Gable and near the start of the Corridor Route to Scafell Pike.
An immensely popular spot and a place where the disabled can enjoy great scenery.
One of Lakeland's larger lakes with steamer trips in season and plenty of water activity.
By no means the biggest but one of the most sightly of the lakes.
Ambleside is possibly the most congested place in the Lake District and you may prefer somewhere a bit quieter to stay.
Kendal was a place where practically all visitors to the main part of the Lakes had to pass through. Now htere is a major road that avoids it and it is a pleasant and manageable market town.
Keswick is the natural centre for the northern part of the Lake District. It has long catered for tourists and is a significant market town.
The B5289 over the non-scary Honister Pass provides access to the fine little lake of Buttermere and its neighbour, Crummack Water.
This, one of England's most scenic preserved steam lines, is not shown on the map.
Very scenic road
Unclassified, but in good condition, this short cut to Ravenglass or Muncaster gives superb views into the very heart of the Lake District's highest mountain area.
Coniston has numerous attractions. For water activities, see Coniston Water.
A tiny sttlement near Patterdale, Glenridding provides the best start for the circuit of Helvellyn, England's second highest peak via Striding and Swirral Edges.
A pretty village where Wordsworth's Dove Cottage is on view to the public.
An enchanting village between the Windermere Ferry and Coniston.
The tiny village of Kentmere is a good starting point for High Street or simply for the 'Kentmere Round,' a string of mountains that enclose it.
In what is a very rare oversight, the map fails to show the significance of this small coastal village, the Lake District National Park's bit of coast.
Ordnance Survey - NY 274163
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