The famous home of the English Lake District, the mostly rural county of Cumbria is often considered to be one of the most beautiful regions in the UK.
Filled with unique places to stay, there is plenty to discover in this stunning county, including part of the Yorkshire Dales, the vastly underrated Eden Valley, and the North Pennines to name just a few.
Of course, the Lake District National Park is a reliable tourist draw, positioned in the hilly Cumbrian centre. Windermere, the largest body of water in England, is the most visited area, but there are so many more Lake District hotspots to explore, including Keswick, Ullswater and Wastwater (voted England's favourite view!)
Cumbria's capital, Carlisle, is a bustling market and industrial town, and as a major railway junction, serves as an ideal starting point for exploring the county. Southern Cumbria is home to the Furness Peninsula and the Eden Valley, beautifully positioned between the North Pennines - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - and the Lake District.
Southern Cumbria also includes part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with its refreshing collection of river valleys and hills that are a delight to spend time in. Activity-lovers will enjoy tackling the many long-distance routes that cross the National Park, including the Pennine Way, the Dales Way and the Coast to Coast Path.
Choose Cumbria for a holiday that uniquely and unforgettably combines spectacular natural beauty, relaxation and adventure.