The English Lake District

I live in the far north-west of England, not far from the Scottish border, and close to the Lake District National Park.

The English Lake District is the most beautiful corner of England. A land of rugged mountains, silent forests and tranquil lakes, it has inspired poets and ordinary people alike. Now England's most popular tourist area, the landscape has the protected status of a National Park.

pic Once a mining area, there is now little industry besides farming within the park boundaries. Tourism is the main contributor to the economy. There is much to interest the visitor. Outdoor activities, particularly walking and mountaineering, are popular recreations. Water sports are permitted on a few of the larger lakes.

There are also places of interest to visit. The poet William Wordsworth spent much of his life in the area and his house at Grasmere and his birthplace in Cockermouth are popular places of pilgrimage. The writer Beatrix Potter lived here, too. Rain or shine, there is always something to do or see in English Lakeland.

Being on the west coast, the Lakeland climate is mild and often wet. Borrowdale, close to the centre of the region, is the wettest place in England. The weather varies considerably from one place to another, though, and on the western fringes of the fells you can experience many fine days.

This is a beautiful part of the world to visit. I can strongly recommend a holiday here. If you are coming to the UK or Europe for a tour, be sure to pick one that at least spends a day or two here in the English Lake District.

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