Set on the shores of Esthwaite Water is the beautiful village of Near Sawrey, without doubt best known for the legacy of Beatrix Potter. Nearby Far Sawrey lies in rolling farmland and wooded hillsides by lake Windermere.
Loweswater, Cumbria, CA13 0RU, Tel: 01539 822222
Loweswater is a small hamlet situated between Loweswater and Crummock waters. It is home to The Kirkstile Inn which has been providing food and shelter for some 400 hundred years, and now has it's very own brewery.
From a 17th-century mining community at the base of Blencathra to 19th-century water resource at the foot of Helvellyn, the two communities of Threlkeld and Thirlmere are linked by the lovely Vale of St John.
Glenridding, Cumbria, CA11 0QQ, Tel: 01539 822222
Glenridding can be found at the foot of the famous Kirkstone Pass at the southern end of Ullswater Lake and it is the main centre for the Ullswater area. The classic mountain Helvellyn at 3,116ft (950m) looks over the village and lake.
The magnificent, mile-long, sandy beach at St Bees is one of the best on the whole Western Lake District coast. The wide promenade along this popular beach, which is the start of the famous Wainwright 'Coast to Coast walk.
The Langdale Valley is home to possibly one of the most well-known and well-walked mountain ranges in England. The jagged peaks of the Langdale Pikes create a spectacular skyline and provide adventurous walking and climbing opportunities.
Cumbria, CA10 3RK
Orton is surrounded by unspoilt English countryside, ideal for walking, cycling and exploration by car. It is a short drive from the main Lake fells.
- Rail station: Oxenholme, Penrith, K Stephen (10 miles)
- Parking: free
Grasmere is perhaps best known as the home of William Wordsworth. Set alongside Grasmere Lake, Grasmere is shrouded by a panorama of fells and mountains that provide the atmosphere so beloved of Wordsworth and the Romantic poets.
Ullswater, as it comes into view, is seen against a breathtaking backdrop of mountain scenery. It is a truly dramatic picture, as you see a shoreline of green fields, woodlands and sheer rock faces rise from the lake's mirrored surface.
Visit the Grizedale Visitor Centre and let the friendly staff help you choose your activities for the day ahead. Cycling, walking, Go Ape, sculpture guides and waymarked trails are all available or create your own adventure.
Allonby, CA15 6QF, Tel: 01539 822222
Allonby is a small village situated between Maryport and Silloth on the Solway Coast, which is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The views across the Solway to Scotland are amazing, and should be seen to be believed.
Newby Bridge, Cumbria, LA12 8NA, Tel: 01539 822222
At the southern end of Lake Windermere adjoining the River Leven, Newby Bridge is a small village, with a selection of hotels and B&B's. A good location to explore the Furness peninsula, Ulverston, Cartmel, Grange, Windermere to name a few.
Tel: 01434 382244, Email
The village of Nenthead was once one of the main lead mining sites in the North Pennines and here Quaker influence established facilities for schooling, reading, housing and bathing.
From the heights of Skiddaw at 3000ft (914m) to the silvan beauty of Thirlmere, one of Lakeland's major lakes, is an accessible area and a delight to explore.
Magnificent nature predominates with little to disturb it apart from the hamlet of Buttermere, a small church, two hotels and a number of small B&B's, a campsite and a youth hostel.
Ravenglass, Cumbria, www.ravenglassvillage.co.uk
Ravenglass on the Lake District Coast is a pretty village with lots of leisure craft in its estuary. But its maritime legacy is not recent, as almost 2000 years ago, the Romans guarded this coast against Barbarian invasion.
Cumbria, CA19 1TG, Tel: 0845 272 0004
Eskdale is an inspiring Lake District valley of mountain, crags, river and forest with England's highest mountain - Scafell Pike at its head. Famous for the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, transporting passengers from the valley to the sea.