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Cumbria is renowned for its rugged mountains, sparkling lakes and atmospheric coast lines. The county has risen from its industrial and farming roots to become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. Approximately 14.8 million people visit the Lake District every year. (Source Cumbria Tourism STEAM survey 2012).
The area's beauty inspired poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge to create powerful visual works. Ruskin expressed his appreciation of the area by painting his favourite views. We must not forget the magic of Beatrix Potter, who has captivated the imagination of thousands of children through her stories about Peter Rabbit.
Today, visitors are able to swing among the trees in Grizedale Forest, explore Furness Abbey and its mysteries in Barrow, sample ‘Sticky Toffee Pudding' in Cartmel, explore a castle in Carlisle, watch a film on a huge screen in Penrith, catch a steam train in Ravenglass, watch dolphins off the coast of Walney, build sand castles and roll in the sand dunes at Haverigg, climb Scafell Pike and sail on Lake Windermere.
Families can enjoy the Lake District without having to spend a fortune – pack up a picnic and suitable clothing and children will play for hours near lakes or rivers and collect natural treasures in woods and on the beaches.
In fact there are so many things to do here that you will have to see our local listings for further details and many more suggestions.