Cumbria and the Lake District – England

DAY 6 –  Leaving the south of Scotland, we crossed into England and headed for the Windermere Hydro Hotel in the beautiful English Lake District.  We have time here to enjoy the endless scenic views of the Lake District.  Its falls, lakes and valleys, all Lake Districtcombine to make it one of England’s best loved regions.

One of the famous residents of the Lake District was Beatrix Potter.  Although most noted for her children’s story books, she was also a champion of conservation in the Lake District after she moved there in 1906. 

Lake Windermere cruiseWe took a cruise on Lake Windermere, which at 16 km is England’s largest mere.  Before the arrival of the railway, industrial magnates built mansions around its shores.  When the rail system reached Windermere in 1847, it allowed workers and others to visit the area on day trips.  Today, there is a year-round car ferry service connecting the eastern and western shores of the lake, making it more accessible.

Although it was August, it was rather cold on the lake, so the majority of us huddled inside the boat.


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