Over the last few weeks, we’ve brought you some great ideas for summer holidays close to home in the UK; after all, with the best July weather we have had since 2006, why deal with the hassle of airports, check-ins and changing your money? This week Beth Pipe whisks us off to the Lake District. With its undulating hills, breathtaking views, rich history and great rustic food and drink, Cumbria is Britain’s answer to Tuscany – and at just 4 hours drive from London, it’s pretty close, too!
Cumbria has many connections to the Romans, so why not consider a couple of weeks exploring the Lake District instead of traipsing all the way to Italy? For instance, one of our highest fells, High Street, was so named because the Romans used it as a transportation route – and the connections don’t end there.
Many people seem to imagine Cumbria as hard to get to, but in fact the beauty of this county is within easy reach. The West Coast Mainline will zoom you up to Oxenholme (Kendal), Penrith or Carlisle in 3 -4 hours from central London, and there are connections from all of those stations to the heart of the Lake District. And if you prefer to travel by car, then just head north on the M6; I promise you it gets really quiet north of Manchester.
So, what have we got to rival Tuscany then?