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Map of the Lake District
Lakes and Towns in the Lake District

Situated entirely within in the Lake District National Park, Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. It is one of the country`s most popular places for holidays and summer homes. For many years, power-boating and water-skiing have been popular activities on the lake. It`s surrounded by mountain peaks and villages, including Bowness-on-Windermere, where The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction displays exhibits on the children`s writer.

Ambleside is an idyllic village at the north end of Lake Windermere with wonderful warm weather even through late autumn. Ambleside is a good base for hiking, mountaineering and mountain biking. It has a selection of hotels, guesthouses, pubs and restaurants. Rydal, a small hamlet a couple of miles from Ambleside, is well-known as the longtime home of poet William Wordsworth, who lived here from 1813 until his death in 1850.

Ullswater is the second-largest lake in the English Lake District. Considered to be the most beautiful of the English lakes, it is often compared to the superb Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. The greatest attractions of Ullswater are the lake steamers which offer tourist trips around the lake. Another of Ullswater`s attractions is the spectacular waterfall of Aira Force on the lake`s western side.

Located on a lake of the same name, Grasmere is probably Cumbria`s most popular village. Most of the buildings date from the 19th or early 20th century, though the farms around Grasmere are much older. The parish church dates from the 13th century. The lake offers superb views, especially early morning in the summer, with the mist rising. At the center of the lake, there is an island, called simply `The Island`.

Kendal is a small town in Cumbria, best known as a center for tourism and as the home of Kendal mint cakes, which became world-famous when Sir Ernest Shackleton brought them along on his expedition to Antarctica. Its buildings constructed with the local grey limestone have earned it the nickname the `Auld Grey Town`. One of the main attractions is the Museum of Natural History and Archaeology, one of the oldest in the country.
Regions of England
The Midlands
The English Midlands are often overlooked but are alluring to travelers. The region is full of history; many cities were founded over two millennia ago, and are some of the oldest cities in England. The Midlands was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, helping to cement the British Empire`s global influence.
The Cotswolds
Explore quintessentially English villages of honey-colored stone; take in splendid, lively market towns, and visit some of the country`s greatest castles and country houses in the Cotswolds, a collection of small, rural villages with acclaimed reserves and some of the most breathtaking landscapes available in England.
East Anglia
The history of East Anglia (Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire) is vivid and rich; the oldest structures still standing in England, dating from the Bronze Age, are located in East Anglia. A number of large, ornate former monasteries-turned-cathedrals dot Cambridgeshire, from Peterborough to Fenland and the Isle of Ely.
Thames River Valley
The Thames River flows for 215 miles, making it the longest river in England. The area along the Thames has been at the epicenter of much of England`s military and economic history, and has served an important role in the growth of England since the time of the Romans, evidenced from cities such as London, Oxford, and Windsor.
South East England
South East England is a large and geographically diverse region, much of which sits in the Thames River Valley, and here you can experience such sights as the New Forest, the Chiltern Hills, and the White Cliffs of Dover, in addition to Blenheim Palace, Windsor Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and the list goes on.
South West England
South West England is filled with exciting sights such as Stonehenge, the world-famous prehistoric stone circle; the Roman-era hot springs of Bath; the coasts of Dorset and east Devon; and the tin mines that dot the coasts of Devon and Cornwall. All of these popular attractions are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Experiences & Adventures

England is a country which combines geographic beauty, architectural splendor, and rich history to create a tourist experience which will stay with you for the rest of your life. Together, the three historic cities of Bath, Oxford, and Cambridge are the true Charms of England, and must be experienced to be truly appreciated.

Seaside resorts were the forerunners to today`s British tourism industry, and they still welcome millions of tourists annually after over 150 years in existence. Arguably the most popular of the seaside resorts in England are Brighton, Bournemouth, and Blackpool. Llandudno, a short train ride away in Wales, is also very popular.

The British Isles has a rich history of literary excellence. The history, fantasy, politics, romance, and tradition of the isles have been brought to life and evaluated by authors who span centuries. The canon of literature produced by authors from the British Isles illuminates historical narratives and literary innovations.
More to Explore in Northern England
North West England
North West England is the second-largest urban area in England, which includes Manchester, the UK`s third-largest city; Liverpool, on the River Mersey, known for its seafaring traditions and The Beatles; Blackpool, one of the most popular seaside resorts in England; and Chester, perhaps the best-preserved walled city in Britain.
North East England
Beautiful North East England consists of such cities such as Durham, which boasts a 1,000-year-old old town; Newcastle-upon-Tyne, developed around an old Roman settlement and once one of the most important shipbuilding centers in the world; and Sunderland, which grew around the 7th-century Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Abbey.
Yorkshire
Yorkshire is the quintessential Northern English travel destination. Yorkshire is known for its scenic landscapes, especially at the North York Moors, the Peak District National Park, and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is also known for its bustling cities such as York, Sheffield, Leeds, and Bradford.
Cities in England
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England and Beyond
THE LAKE DISTRICT

The Lake District, located in Cumbria in England`s northwest, is a mountainous region famous for its forests, waterfalls, and of course its lakes. The Lake District National Park, spread out across 911 square miles, is the United Kingdom`s most-visited national park. Towns and villages in this region include Windermere, which shares its name with England`s largest lake; Ambleside and Rydal, villages on the northern end of Lake Windermere; Ullswater, the second-largest lake in the Lake District, where Glenridding and Pooley Bridge are located; Grasmere, also known for its eponymous lake and arguably the most popular tourist village in Cumbria; and Kendal, world-renowned for their high-energy `mint cakes` that are a must-have for any tourist. The Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2017, is also known for its literary tradition, inspiring such `Lake Poets` as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

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