The Lake District -- Andrew, Aaron, and I spent a week in Hawkshead a decade or so ago, exploring and enjoying Beatrix Potter and Wordsworth country.   Aaron hiked; Andrew and I walked.  It was superb!

Postcard map of the Lake District ,UK -- Lizzie Bennet was supposed to take a trip here. Fate intervened, and she ended up visiting Derbyshire.

Six of the very best scenic road trips in the UK, Cumbria, Lake District, Grasmere Lake and village from Loughrigg Fell

Top 6 of the VERY BEST UK Road Trips

England Travel Inspiration - Six of the very best scenic road trips in the UK, Cumbria, Lake District, Grasmere Lake and village from Loughrigg Fell

Grasmere is a village, and popular tourist destination, in the centre of the English Lake District. It takes its name from the adjacent lake, and is associated with the Lake Poets. The poet William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere for fourteen years, described it as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found". Before 1974, Grasmere lay within the former county of Westmorland, but today it is part of the county of Cumbria.

Wander the wood - Grasmere, Cumbria, England by Peter

Coniston Ferry, Cumbria                                                       …

The third largest lake in the Lake District, Coniston Water sits in a U shaped valley scoured out by a glacial action in the last ice age. Known as Thurston Water until the Victorian era, the lake is now a popular holiday resort.

1657 Chocolate House in Kendal, Lake District, Cumbria, North West England, UK

1657 Chocolate House in Kendal, Lake District, Cumbria, North West England, UK - serves 18 varieties of hot chocolate.

Striding Edge, Helvellyn, Lake District, Cumbria, England (by Gary Turnbull)

England Travel Inspiration - Striding Edge, Helvellyn, Lake District, Cumbria, England (by Gary Turnbull)

Swim: Cumbria has more than 80 lakes, meres, waters and tarns, making it the perfect place to enjoy a spot of wild swimming. The Lake District tends to be busy in summer but it is still possible to escape the crowds if you’re willing to explore.Even popular Ullswater, widely regarded as the most beautiful lake in England, has its share of secluded bays and beaches from which to enjoy a dip. Or hire a boat, fish for trout, dive, sail, canoe, catch the steamer or simply skim a pebble.

Swim: Cumbria has more than 80 lakes, meres, waters and tarns, making it the perfect place to enjoy a spot of wild swimming. The Lake District tends to be busy in summer but it is still possible to escape the crowds if you’re willing to explore.Even popul

Castlerigg Stone Circle, near Keswick,  Lake District (England)~photo by Alan Novelli

A very hard frost had occurred overnight turning the ground white with rime. Then as the sun rose, the thin layer of Stratocumulus cloud-Fire and Ice - a perfect combination. Location: Castlerigg situated near Keswick in Cumbria, North West England.

The Dales Way - an 84-mile long  footpath in northern England - from Ilkley, West Yorkshire to Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, England

The Dales Way is an Long Distance Footpath in Northern England, from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, to Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria. It passes through two National Parks: the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District National Park.

The Fairy Steps, Arnside, Cumbria, UK. Legend has it that if you can walk up the Fairy Steps without touching the sides any wish will come true. Only for stick thin people!

The Fairy Steps, Arnside, Cumbria, UK. Legend has it that if you can walk up the Fairy Steps without touching the sides any wish will come true. Only for stick thin people! -- been here when I was younger, time to go back!

Of Rain, Heather and The Langdale Pikes, Cumbria

Of Rain, Heather and The Langdale Pikes // Photo by Anita Nicholson on Fivehundredpx // Mountains / Nature / Outdoors / Wanderlust / Earth /

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