"I do not know of any tract of country, in which, in so narrow a compass, may be found an equal variety in the influences of light and shadow upon the sublime and beautiful." William Wordsworth
Around the Region
Cumbria is many regions in one. The National Park, with its sixteen lakes, covers just under half the county and is a perfect location for those who like to spend time outdoors.
In the north is the historic Border city of Carlisle and Hadrian's Wall - a World Heritage site. To the south and east of Carlisle is the District of Eden with its tranquil valley and market town of Penrith.
Further east are the wild open moors of the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. South-west of Penrith is the North Lakes area with Ullswater and the town of Keswick.
The western lakes and coast area comprises quiet lakes and remote fells with the coastal towns of Maryport, Workington and Whitehaven providing a fascinating heritage and modern amenities.
The Lake District peninsulas are in the south of the county, featuring a mild climate and a fascinating wealth of tourist and leisure attractions. South Lakeland includes many well-recognised tourist destinations including Ambleside, Windermere and Coniston, along with the busy shopping and commercial centre of Kendal.
To the south, Lancaster is a bustling student city with a vibrant cultural life. The city has three theatres, cinemas and annual literature, music and maritime festivals. The nearby seaside town of Morecambe has an all year around programme of events including music, street theatre and sea-related festivals.