Join our Lake District tours and partake in a journey of dramatic scenery and historic cities. This small-group tour starts and finishes in London, and includes two nights in the Lake District providing ample time to explore one of the most beautiful areas in Britain.
The Lake District is located in the county of Cumbria in north-west England, not far from the border with Scotland. It is England's largest national park covering over 900 square miles, a status designated in 1951. In 2017, the Lake District also became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you'll find England's highest point, Scafell Pike, from which you can see all the way to Wales and Northern Ireland on a clear day.
This is a region with a geological history of 500 million years, more recently created by the formation of different rock types and periods of tectonic plate movement. The landscape as it is now is a place of glaciated mountains, where rain and meltwater has carved the land, and the rock holds in water. This led to the formation of many lakes, hence the name the 'Lake District', as well as a combination of mountains and valleys.
People began to settle in the area around 5,000 years ago, and over time have made a significant mark on parts of the landscape ,with a variety of mining and quarrying. Sheep farming is also a major industry and here you'll find some native wildlife species, like birds of prey, such as ospreys, red kite or peregrine falcons. If you're really lucky you may one of Britain's rarest and most iconic creatures; the beautiful red squirrel.
The Lakes have been popular with visitors since the Romantic movement in the 19th century, when the Lake District became a source of writing inspiration for English poets. Probably the areas most famous ever resident is the celebrated poet, William Wordsworth. Born in the Cumbria, he lived in the area for much of his life, and this was where he famously 'wandered lonely as a cloud'.
Close to the village of Grasmere you'll find Dove Cottage, where William Wordsworth lived for nearly 10 years, along with his wife, three children and sister. Wordsworth became synonymous with the area after writing 'A Guide to the Lakes' in 1835. Wordsworth along with poets including Samuel Coleridge where key in the English romantic movement, and after that, the Lakes became an increasingly popular place to visit.
Another famous former Lake District resident is the writer Beatrix Potter, whose work includes The Tale of Peter Rabbit. She loved animals and fell in love with the Lake District at an early age, later buying a rural retreat at Hill Top, near Windermere. The Lake District is home to England's most dramatic and beautiful landscape and for any visitor it is easy to see why the natural beauty and tranquility has inspired people for centuries.
If you would like to explore the beauty and history of the Lake District, then why not join one of our small-group Lake District tours? Our five-day adventures include the services of our professional Tour Leaders who are experts on the all of the places you'll visit, full transportation and four-nights accommodation. Tours start and finish in central London.
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