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    Rydal Mount & Gardens

    Located a couple of miles out of Ambleside, this gorgeous house was the home of William Wordsworth for 37 years. His family still live here and the house contains many of his personal items. The beautiful large garden is almost unchanged from when it was first designed by Wordsworth himself.

    Charming displays and a small Lake District garden bring the world of these beloved characters to life. Well worth a visit for any young or nostalgic fans.

    17 gorgeous acres with a huge diversity of plants, all lovingly maintained by a passionate crew of volunteers.

    This small tribute to Keswick's long and proud history of pencil manufacturing is on the site of the original Derwent pencil factory. Surprisingly interesting even if pencil's aren't your 'thing', but a mandatory visit for anyone who wants to cross seeing the world's largest coloured pencil off their bucket list.

    This was a great visit we had and Carlisle Castle is a beautiful building with a lot of very interesting history. We highly recommend a visit here if in Carlisle.

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    Laura in the Lakes

    An amazing little cafe/deli with all the usual counter fare made fresh on the premises. Great value and generally scrumptious. They also have a good range of vegetarian and gluten-free options.

    A cute wee restaurant hidden away in an old traditional slate building down a quiet lane in the center of town. The menu is unadventerous, but tasty and made with mostly local ingredients. They also serve a nice range of locally brewed beers.

    A low-key bistro-style place with both a-la-carte and special set menu dining options. Fantastic waiting staff and a great selection of wines and local real ales.

    A surprisingly broad menu of good food at a decent price - even if you don't take advantage of one of their numerous special deals. Great for family dining.

    Mostly just traditional English pub fare (pies, burgers, fish & chips etc.), but made to perfection with fresh locally sourced ingredients. They also serve some great local cask ales.

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    Michaux Forest

    If you're really interested in war history or just like the forest, this is a great place to explore and you can find the crumbling ruins of a secret prisoner of war camp for German U-boat crews.

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    The setting for "Swallows and Amazons"

    Those who have read the classic children's book "Swallows and Amazons" by Arthur Ransome, may recognise Bowness as the lakeside town of 'Rio' where that story is set.

    Home of the Pencil

    The discovery of a large deposit of graphite near Keswick in the early 16th Century led to the invention of the modern pencil and for many years the town was the world epicenter of pencil production.

    Named for the train station, not the lake

    Windermere was originally a village named Birthwaite, but when the railway came in 1847, they decided to name the station after the main attraction in the area, so subsequently the town changed it's name to match.

    Ancient Streets

    Burrowgate and Sandgate, the two oldest streets in Pentrith, date from the 13th Century.

    William Wordsworth Lived Here

    William Wordsworth lived just out of Ambleside at Rydal Mount and worked here as a Distributor of Stamps (a kind of tax collector).