In the heartland of Cumbria in the north west of England, sitting just below the cusp of where England ends and Scotland begins, sits the majestic beauty of the Lake District. England’s biggest National Park, it snuggles up to the rolling Yorkshire Dales, the rocky Pennines and aptly named Eden Valley, and is without a doubt the beating heart of the UK, sitting gloriously proud and central. A feverishly beautiful landscape of golden views, tranquil lakes and beckoning hills, it is home to the highest peak in England, Scafell Pike, and its second largest lake, Lake Ullswater, was the inspiration and birthplace behind Wordsworth’s hauntingly beautiful, long-enduring ode, ‘I wandered Lonely as a Cloud’; what a compliment.
Loved by 19th century Romantic poets, prolific painters, families, hikers and dog walkers alike, this watercolour-come-to-life, much-loved corner of England holds some of the finest walking trails and views in the world and was even home to everyone’s favourite, the author Beatrix Potter. Known locally as Lakeland, this land of lakes, this almost offensively attractive Lake District, certainly goes some way to putting the ‘Great’ in ‘Great Britain’.