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48 Reasons that’ll make you fall in love with Cumbria

Cumbria is a truly special place and to celebrate our 'place to be this winter' campaign and our Golakes Club which is specially designed for people who love the Lake District, Cumbria, we've pulled together 48 images that will show you why its #theplacetobe this winter!

Click on each image to find out more...

1. Because it has loads of meres, waters & tarns
(But only one lake!)

Wastwater, Wasdale.

2. And is home to England’s only mountain forest.

Whinlatter Forest
Whinlatter Forest

3. Every twist & turn greets you with views like this:

The ridges of Blencathra

4. And this:

Friars Crag
Friars Crag, Derwentwater

5. And sometimes this:

Ennerdale, the western Lake District.

6. the locals are friendly:

Herdwicks - Chris HimsworthHerdwick Sheep - Image credit Chris Himsworth

7. Each of the four seasons has a magic of its own

WindermereSpringtime at Windermere

8. It’s stunning in summer...

GrasmereGrasmere from Loughrigg Fell

9. And totally breath-taking in autumn!

Grasmere - Kath LeonardAutumn at Grasmere - Image credit Kath Leonard

10. The winters are pretty magical too!

HaweswaterHaweswater reservoir

11. Our food is out of this world:

Gilpin HotelFine dining with Hrishi at The Gilpin Hotel

12. We’ve got some of the best local produce in the land!

Low Sizergh BarnLow Sizergh Barn

13. Including Sticky Toffee Pudding...

Sticky Toffee PuddingThe famous Sticky Toffee Pudding

14. And Grasmere Gingerbread

Grasmere GingerbreadGrasmere Gingerbread

15. Plus, the best restaurants, some with Michelin Stars

Gipin HotelGilpin Spice

16. Our B&Bs are beautiful!

Haven CottageHaven Cottage, Ambleside

17. The Hotels are amazing!

Askham HallAskham Hall, Penrith

18. Our cottages define luxury

Waternook & The Great BarnWaternook & The Great Barn, Ullswater

19. and our campsites have the best views...

Castlerigg CampsiteCastlerigg Hall Lake District Caravan & Camping Park

20. Cumbria has two UNESCO World Heritage sites -
The Lake District National Park

The Lake District National ParkThe Lake District National Park

21. And Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian's WallHadrian's Wall

22. Two National Parks...The Lake District...

Coniston WaterConiston Water in the Lake District National Park

23. And The Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales National ParkThe Yorkshire Dales National Park

24. Yes, part of the Yorkshire Dales is in Cumbria!

The Yorkshire Dales National ParkThat's one for a pub quiz!

25. And there's three specially recognised Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The North PenninesThe North Pennines

26. We have a rich cultural heritage

The Lakes Alive FestivalThe Lakes Ignite Festival

27.  with year-round events

Kendal CallingKendal Calling

28. And beautiful castles

Brougham CastleBrougham Castle

29. And unique buildings.

Bridge House, AmblesideBridge House, Ambleside

30. Nowhere does sunsets quite like the west-coast of Cumbria

St.Bees BeachSt.Bees Beach

31. They are truly wonderful!

Silecroft Beach, MillomSilecroft Beach, Millom

32. Not to mention all the space to relax and take stock

Wasdale, Western lakes

Wasdale, Western Lakes - Image credit Chris Wood

33. To experience our stunning villages

Elterwater Village, LangdaleElterwater Village, Langdale

34. And bustling towns

Cockermouth TownCockermouth Town

35. Even our motorways are picturesque!

The M6The M6 passing through the Howgills

36. There’s loads to do


37. And new things to try

Eden ValleyFell running the Eden Valley

38. Caves to explore

Rydal CaveCaves to explore

39. And adrenaline rushes to be had

Cycling in WhinlatterMountain Biking at Whinlatter Forest - Image Credit Lakes Cycles

40. Because you can go kayaking with views like this

Kayaking on DerwentwaterKayaking on Derwentwater, Keswick

41. And explore our historic houses & gardens

Holker HallHolker Hall & Gardens

42. You can spend time with friends (Or Fells)

Great GableWalking in the western fells

43. And share quality time with your loved ones…

UllswaterRomance at Ullswater

44. Take a cruise

Ullswater SteamersUllswater Steamers

45. Or a tour

Mountain GoatA winter tour with Mountain Goat

46. It’s one of the most beautiful places on the planet

Blea TarnBlea Tarn - Image credit Andrew Jones

47. And nowhere else really compares

WindermereWindermere & the Langdale Pikes

48. Why would you ever want to leave?


Buttermere - Image credit Nadine Harris

So why not plan your break today and pay us a visit this winter? You can find some useful links below! #theplacetobe





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