Cumbria and the Lake District
Cumbria is home to the English Lake District and is a predominantly rural county, considered one of the most beautiful regions of the UK. Cumbria includes the whole of the Lake District, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, also known as The Lakes or Lakeland, the Eden Valley, the North Pennines, the Furness Peninsula, and part of the Yorkshire Dales.
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Where is Cumbria?
Situated in the far north west corner of England, the northern boundary of the county runs along the Scottish Border, known as the “Debateable Lands”, where the ancient border city of Carlisle is found. The west of Cumbria is bounded by the Irish Sea. The Pennine range divides Cumbria from Northumberland to the east. The South of the county is bordered partly by sea and partly by the Yorkshire Dales and Lancashire. See the Map here >>
…and where is the Lake District?
The English Lake District is found in the mountainous heart of the county. The South Lakes, most accessible from the south of England include Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere. The North Lakes are just a very short distance further to drive. This area is centred on Keswick, very popular with outdoor activity enthusiasts.
Getting to Cumbria & the Lake District
Coming from the south the main motorway is the M6. The West Coast Mainline has trains stopping at Oxenholme near Kendal, Penrith and Carlisle. A local line connects Oxenholme to Windermere station. Buses run from Penrith and Carlisle stations to Keswick.
From Scotland the same West Coast train line applies, and the A74 motorway joins the M6 just north of Carlisle.
From the east the A66 runs across the Pennines to connect towns and cities along the M1 region to Cumbria. The A69 runs from Newcastle and Northumberland to Carlisle and the M6.
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