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2,019 reasons to visit The Lake District, Cumbria in the coming year
2,019 reasons to visit The Lake District, Cumbria in the coming year

2,019 reasons to spend the New Year in The Lake District, Cumbria

The Lake District, Cumbria, truly is #theplacetobe for all four seasons. Whether you’re looking for a new year’s getaway for a relaxing start to the year or embracing the winter months with a hot chocolate after a day’s adventures, you’ll find everything you need right here.

Here are 2,019 reasons to visit The Lake District, Cumbria in the coming year:

912 square miles of national park

912 square miles of national park

The Lake District National Park was officially designated in 1951 and is less than two hours away from the city of Manchester – making it easily reachable not only to domestic visitors, but to our international guests too.

With its many mountains and lakes, it’s also provided inspiration to some of the world’s best-known poets and writers, from Beatrix Potter to William Wordsworth, to adventurers and record-breakers like Donald and Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird dynasty.

214 Wainwright peaks

214 Wainwright peaks

While there are more, 214 of the Lake District’s fells were famously documented by Sir Alfred Wainwright in his series of walking guide books. Strengthened further by his appearances on television, Sir Alfred opened-up the fells to the masses, illustrating his way through the National Park with his unmistakable sketching style.

Many people have the 214 peaks on their lifetime’s ‘to-do’ list. The only question is, which one to climb first? While Scafell - England's highest mountain might be tempting, more inexperienced walkers might want to try the gentler, but equally enjoyable Cat bells.

176 camping & glamping sites

176 camping & glamping sites

Our research has found more and more people are visiting quirky-Cumbria for a camping holiday with an unusual twist, by choosing accommodation that breaks from the ‘norm’ of more traditional holiday accommodation like hotels, caravans and tents. For 2019, Cumbria has more unusual places to stay than ever before, like yurts and glamping pods.

For those who are curious – but not quite ready to leave their traditional tent or caravan behind – there are 176 sites across the county offering camping or touring caravan spaces, or just under 10,000 individual pitches.

150 miles of coastline

150 miles of coastlineWhile lakes are more commonly associated with Cumbria from afar than the sea, the county boasts an impressive coastline of 150 miles in length. From the stunning Morecambe Bay to the south and up along the Irish Sea coast to the west, a trip along the rugged west coast, the home of beautiful beaches and seaside towns including Whitehaven, Workington, Maryport and Millom…

124 miles of scenic coastal rail travel

124 miles of scenic coastal rail travel…and what better way to experience the coastal views than by rail? Train services run all the way along the Cumbrian coast, from just after Lancaster – over Cumbria’s border with Lancashire; and Carlisle – Cumbria’s capital city.

89 cycle routes (and counting!)

89 cycle routes (and counting!)From The Bay Cycle Way, to routes devised by the Go Lakes team, available here, there’s no reason not to bring your bike to Cumbria during your next break. The Lake District and beyond is a cycle-friendly national park, with a community growing ever-more mindful of the need to protect the natural environment by encouraging greener ways of getting around. The bonus is that it’s free to park your bike. Just lock it up and explore!

75 miles of The Cumbria Way

75 miles of The Cumbria WayIf you prefer to get around under your own steam, why not grab a map and work your way though as much of The Cumbria Way as you can? The 75-mile trail weaves its way through the Lake District, from Ulverston in the south to Carlisle in the north.

73 miles of the Settle-Carlisle Railway

73 miles of the Settle-Carlisle RailwayWhen the topic of Britain’s most beautiful railway routes comes up in conversation, the Settle to Carlisle route inevitably follows shortly after. The line takes in mile after mile of beautiful open countryside, with its crown jewel perhaps being the iconic Ribblehead viaduct – a favourite location for photographers hoping to capture a perfect shot of both commercial passenger services and special heritage trains as they thunder over the spectacular crossing.

61 castles

61 castlesTales of power, intrigue – even hauntings run through the foundations of our historic houses, ancient castles and rambling ruins. See history brought to life as you immerse yourself in some of Cumbria’s finest historic sites, including Carlisle, Lowther, Kendal castles. How many can you tick off your list?

54 museums

54 museumsWhile the Lake District, Cumbria, has a deserved reputation as the UK’s adventure capital, culture certainly doesn’t take a backseat, with an offering like no other. Literature, art, street theatre, singing and dancing all bring The Lake District’s cultural heritage to life, guaranteed to make you keep your camera – and notebook, close at hand. Together, more than 50 of our museums bring new dashes of colour to the rich tapestry of Lake District adventures – and misadventures, of times gone by.

48 ‘miles without stiles’ routes

48 ‘miles without stiles’ routes48 routes across the national park are listed as suitable for anybody with limited mobility, by the Lake District National Park Authority. From wheelchair users to families with buggies, the national park is truly open to everyone. You can find further details on the LDNP website and on Go Lakes here.

31 lakes, waters and tarns

31 lakes, waters and tarnsAs its name would suggest, the Lake District is the home of several expanses of inland water – many large, many small. With 16 main lakes and many smaller tarns, all offer the perfect opportunity for boat trips, sailing, canoeing and swimming.

6 unique areas

6 unique areasCumbria’s landscape and culture varies as wildly as the environment in which it sits, with six distinctively different areas. The county’s offering extends beyond the Lake District, with Morecambe Bay, the Eden Valley, Carlisle, Hadrian’s Wall country and the Yorkshire Dales all close-by.

4 Michelin star restaurants

4 Michelin star restaurantsCumbria’s status as one of the most mouth-watering foodie destinations in the UK is backed-up by the number of Michelin starred restaurants that call the county their home. No fewer than four restaurants hold the prestigious status, including Rogan & Co in Cartmel - run by Simon Rogan of the nearby L’Enclume, which was awarded a one-star rating in 2018. L’Enclume itself continues to boast two stars, while The Forest Side at Grasmere and Gilpin Hotel & Lake House in Windermere also both hold one star each.

2 World Heritage Sites

2 World Heritage SitesNot only is the Lake District England's biggest national park, but in the summer of 2017, it was officially declared a World Heritage Site, joining Cumbria’s Hadrian’s Wall to give Cumbria its second UNESCO recognition. The status means it’s ranked alongside other World Heritage sites like Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the Pyramids of Giza.

It all adds-up to one place to be: The Lake District, Cumbria. #theplacetobe

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