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If you enjoy sightseeing in some of England’s most beautiful locations, make sure you visit the Lake District National Park in Cumbria.
Established as a National Park in 1951, is known for its distinctive landscape of greystone farmhouses, lakes and rugged fells - a word derived from the time of the Vikings.
Ambleside is a popular destination situated at the northern end of Lake Windermere and offers visitors a host of sightseeing opportunities.
A far more rewarding way of travelling though is to take the lake steamer which serves as a regular water taxi between Bowness and Waterhead near Ambleside. The boat service also heads down to the Lake's southern end at Lakeside where you can visit the Aquarium of the Lakes. North of Ambleside you will come to Rydal then Grasmere where Dove Cottage - once the home of William Wordsworth - is to be found.
If you are planning a sightseeing tour of the Lake District continue to the market town of Keswick set below Skiddaw by the shores of Derwentwater with its many wooded islands. From Keswick, minor roads lead into the deep enclosed valley of Borrowdale which cuts into the mountains to the South. Borrowdale is the start point for hikes up the lowest and the highest of the Wainwrights - Castle Crag and Scafell Pike respectively.
Another popular sightseeing tour in the Lake District is a trip to Castlerigg Stone Circle - an ancient monument that graces the walls of just about every Lakeland art gallery! In real life it is in a truly wonderful setting overlooking the hidden valley of St Johns in the Vale. As with any popular spot though - if you can go when everyone else is somewhere else, you will better experience the atmosphere of the place! The western Lake District is somewhat cut off from the popular tourist centres by the wild and mountainous nature of the intervening country but therein lies part of its appeal.
Another spectacular mountain scene is to be found in the Buttermere Valley with the half mile high wall of High Stile falling to the still waters of Buttermere. Book an outdoor sightseeing tour of the Lake District to make the most of your stay. Between these two valleys lies Ennerdale where - in in the upper reaches of the valley - you will find a sense of real remoteness as you will in the upper part of Eskdale further to the South.
Whether you want to see historical and cultural monuments, rolling open countryside or some of the most famous lakes in England, the Lake District has it all.w If you are planning a trip to the Lakes, why not treat yourself to a stay in a Windermere boutique spa suite and enjoy luxurious surroundings in Bowness.
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