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Scenic drives through the Lake District in Cumbria

Date: 13th March 2012
Filed under: Things To Do, Top Tips
Tagged: beatrix potter, lakeland, windermere

Cumbria is a beautiful county in Britain, and the best way to see it is by car, bicycle, or on foot. There are stunning vistas at every bend in the road. A perfect visit will be one of discovery, tossing the map aside. Each morning will bring something new, from a visit to Muncaster Castle to the stone circle atop Castlerigg.

Journey through the Lake District of Cumbria to de-stress and leave with a memorable experience. You can reach Penrith in the heart of Cumbria via the M6 motorway. If you are driving from London, it will take just over five hours. And while in Cumbria, you could take the A66 trunk road. From this road, you can get off the well-beaten path at various points and do a little exploring, but drive cautiously when you come to mountain passes like Hard Knott Pass or Honister Pass.

Expect the roads in the passes to be quite narrow, steep, and winding. Ideally, pull out your bicycles or put on your hiking boots and park your vehicle. You will discover ancient Roman ruins, historic monuments, castles, Roman roads and beautiful green valleys. If you are traveling with the family, make your way to the Dalton-in-Furness Zoo to see the tigers and other large mammals. The Lakeland region has numerous places to view animals and birds. There is the Alpaca Centre, the Wildlife Oasis, the Bird of Prey Centre, the Wild Animal Park and two large aquariums.

Children will also enjoy a visit to The World Of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windermere. There are displays, a shop and a tea room. For something a little different, take a cruise on one of the lakes, go canoeing, mountain biking, sailing, ballooning or caving. All of these activities are perfect activities for the adventurous visitor to the region.

History lovers will find Roman ruins and ruined priories, great architectural buildings, ancient stone circles and ancient crosses, as well as old mills, churches and castles. There is self catering accommodation throughout the region, so you can simple wake up, enjoy breakfast, and be off to explore the mountains, lakes, and forests. From the stunning North Lakes and Pennines to the charming villages in South Cumbria, there are numerous points of interest that will make you stop the car in order to explore.

The Lake District of Cumbria is not difficult to get to from anywhere in Britain. Although it appears spacious, it is easy to get around to make full use of one’s visit.