Home to some of Britain’s most captivating scenery, you’ll find plenty to discover on a country retreat in Cumbria. Step out of your luxury hotel to explore sleepy lakeside towns beside soaring peaks. Seek out romantic ruins, ancient forts and palatial medieval castles. Stretch your legs on a wild adventure, or potter around pretty coastal towns like Ravensglass or Whitehaven.
A patchwork of rich history and awe-inspiring natural beauty.
Things to do
While in Cumbria, it would be impossible to miss out on exploring the Lake District National Park. The sweeping valleys and famous mountains – such as Scafell Pike – may be the stars, but it’s worth looking a little closer to spot the animals that call the region home. Stroll through the woods and you might spy rare Red Squirrels. And when walking beside the lakes and rivers, keep your eyes open for otters playing in the water.
This is border country – a land where countless battles have been won and lost. Walk the western-most stretch of Hadrian’s Wall, where Centurions patrolled the northern reaches of the Roman Empire. Spend an afternoon at Muncaster Castle – a lavish medieval pile with beautiful landscaped gardens. Or take a ride on the Ravensglass and Eskdale Railway to see the epic expanse of Eskdale valley open out before you.
With so much rugged natural beauty on offer, Cumbria is a dream for those looking for adventure in the great outdoors. Scramble up high fells, or mountain bike through valleys and forests. Kayak on rivers or glide across Lake Windermere in a sailing boat. And, if you’re feeling brave, why not take to the skies with a private paragliding lesson?
Float over peaks and look down on glittering lakes and green valleys on an exclusive hot air balloon ride in the Lake District.
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