The Lake District
In the north-west of England lies a mountainous region with breathtaking beauty. And you can understand why once you arrive - the valleys, woodlands, fells and lakes are captivating and stir your hunger for the great outdoors. The broad and beautiful collection of Britain's finest geology and wildlife dazzle the eyes and inspire the mind.
The Lake District was home to some of English literature’s greatest and most revered writers and poets, including author William Wordsworth, who wrote of it on many occasions, including his famous quote:
The loveliest spot that man hath found.
The market town of Keswick is one of the highlights of the Lake District with it's quaint shops and traditional pubs, not to mention the incredibly friendly and welcoming locals. Enjoy a pie at the Dog & Gun before checking in to The Royal Oak - an 18th Century inn with a fabulous pedigree. And don't forget to take a trip to the Pencil Museum, which features the world's longest pencil (8m from end to end) - when graphite was discovered in the Borrowdale fells during the 17th century, Keswick became one of the world's main pencil producers.
Behind the town of Keswick lies Derwent Water, and to get a better look at this beautiful lake, which is punctuated with several islands, you can climb Catbells, one of the many fells (hills) that surround it, written about by renowned writer and walker, Alfred Wainwright.
It is one of the great favourites, a family fell where grandmothers and infants can climb the heights together, a place beloved. Its popularity is well deserved, its shapely topknott attracts the eye offering a steep but obviously simple scramble.
Not far from Keswick is the town of Windermere, which lies close to the shores of its lake's namesake - the largest natural lake in England. You'll be in good company here - William Wordsworth's poem There was a Boy opens with the words: There was a Boy; ye knew him well, ye cliffs and islands of Winander, as it was known in Old English.
Windermere Lake measures a little over 10 miles in length, which just happened to be the perfect venue for racer Norman Buckley who set several world waterspeed records on Windermere in the 1950s.
It seems that once you enter the National Park of The Lake District, wherever you turn, it's beauty is laid bare before you. Pop a visit in your diary.