Things to do

Photography Guide to the Lake District

by TravellerCentre • August 12, 2014

Shows & Festivals in the Lake District

by TravellerCentre • August 12, 2014

Local country shows are very much a part of life in Cumbria and most of them are organised by local people. Those involved always welcome visitors. These shows are always good value and provide a real insight into the working of the countryside. If you’re looking for an attraction that combines the great outdoors with a look at local farming life of Cumbria, […]


Lakeland & Literature

by TravellerCentre • August 12, 2014

William Wordsworth is the towering figure of British poetry and very probably the Lake District’s best known son. But he was certainly not alone and there are many others who have played their part in putting Cumbria firmly on the literary map. Samuel Taylor Coleridge followed Wordsworth to the Lake District, arriving in Keswick in 1800, followed soon after by Bristol born […]


Food & Drink in the Lake District

by TravellerCentre • August 12, 2014

Over the last 20 years the Lake District has become a major attraction for gourmets from all over the world. The area is full of culinary delights whether it is the local artisan baker or the Michelin starred restaurants. All of which contribute to the taste of Cumbria. Few similar sized counties, if any, can boast of so many top notch restaurants, great pubs in great locations, lovely tea rooms […]


Museums

by TravellerCentre • August 12, 2014

Cumbria has always been proud of its heritage, a fact confirmed by the county’s museums which contain important historical details and exhibits from a proud past. Typical is the Museum of Lakeland Life in Kendal where the area’s industrial background is laid down in interesting detail. The museum is next door to Abbot Hall Art Gallery, one of the finest small art […]


Gardens

by TravellerCentre • August 12, 2014

Apart from his poetry, William Wordsworth was also an acclaimed landscape gardener. By the time he moved to Rydal Mount in 1813 he had already developed the garden at Dove Cottage and drawn up garden designs for other people as well. The gardens at Rydal Mount are pretty well as he landscaped them, because he believed that a garden was best […]


Activities & Adventure

by TravellerCentre • August 12, 2014

Many people consider the Lake District as the country’s biggest playground and it is a deserved reputation. For within the boundaries of the National Park are opportunities for everybody with a sense of adventure. To start with the Lake District has England’s five tallest mountains as well as the deepest and largest lakes. Throw in some of the finest scenery you are […]


Towns & Villages in the Lake District

by TravellerCentre • August 12, 2014

The popularity of the Lake District has meant great change in recent years to its many towns and villages. There was a time when summer ended and the tourists disappeared. Nowadays tourism is an all year round business and those businesses catering for the demands must stay open longer. Towns like Ambleside at the northern end of Windermere with its splendid mix […]


Lake District Landscape

by TravellerCentre • August 12, 2014

Alfred Wainwright has undoubtedly done more than anyone to popularise the joys of the Lake District. He first clapped eyes on Windermere in 1930 and that was to provide the inspiration for his wonderful guides which have enthralled generations and very probably encouraged many of the 15 million people who pour into the area each year. […]


Artists, Makers & Designers in the Lakes

by TravellerCentre • August 12, 2014

Considering the great beauty surrounding the Lake District, it is little wonder that the area has attracted so many artists down the years. The painters Thomas Gainsborough, JMW Turner and John Constable were early visitors while amongst those who actually settled here was John Ruskin, a pivotal figure in the development of the Arts and Crafts movement. Another of the movement’s major figures […]