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The Lake District is a perfect holiday destination to visit at any time of the year and it is easily accessed from either Heysham or Liverpool ports. There's plenty to do for all the family with events, attractions and outdoor activities all set in stunning scenery. From witches to poets, it’s cultural heritage is as diverse as it is fascinating
The stunning Cumbrian landscape isn’t just a natural phenomenon.
There is also a social landscape to explore that has been formed over thousands of years and continues to be shaped by modern culture. From poignant ruins and drover trails to local legends and literary works, the region's history and heritage has played a defining role in the county's identity. But in recent years, another dimension has been added to Cumbria's unique personality in the form of contemporary theatre and dance, street art and state of the art galleries .
Whatever is on your shopping list, let your purse strings loose and take part in one of the region’s most enjoyable activities; browsing. Your expedition can take you from the unique shopping experience of a craft fair to the traditional feel of the high street.
Explore the fascinating city and town centres of Carlisle, Barrow and Penrith that blend historic interest with cosmopolitan shopping. With an exclusive atmosphere away from the bustle of the high street, the market towns of Ulverston and Kirkby Lonsdale are lined with independent shops selling everything from designer jewellery and clothing to objets d’art; ideal for either taking home as gifts or keeping all to yourself.
With England's five tallest mountains and deepest lake, two national parks, three areas of outstanding natural beauty and a wealth of flora and fauna, Cumbria's rich natural environment is simply unique. The landscape is a real wonder of nature. Impressive peaks rise grandly, reflected in still waters. At their feet, intriguing valleys lie waiting to be explored. Undulating hills are lushly decorated with every shade of green while moorland and peat bogs add their own colours and textures to the fabric of the fells.
Water is what the area is best known for, but there's more of it than you might think and more to do on or in it than you could imagine. As well as the lakes, meres and waters, there are hill tarns, rivers, waterfalls and a wonderful coastline.
Derwentwater is great for canoeing and Coniston is ideal for windsurfing, with clear wind from the south. Haverigg is a popular location for wakeboarding; a mix of snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding. You can go kayaking on calm lakes or coastal surf. And if you like your water sports with added adventure, try kitesurfing; a new sport where you're strapped to a board and use a kite to propel yourself.
If you are looking for a relaxing day out by the waterside, there are many ways to enjoy the lakes, rivers and coast without even getting your feet wet.
Explore the coastal nature reserves on Walney Island.
Follow the Kirkby Stephen poetry path along the River Eden.
Tuck into fish and chips at Whitehaven Marina.
Hire a wooden rowing boat on Derwentwater and venture to St Herbert's Island.
Enjoy a cruise on Windermere, Coniston, Derwentwater or Ullswater.
The area is just perfect for families with children of all ages, from babies to big kids. And the first attraction is the landscape itself. The Lake District is one big adventure playground, so wherever you are and wherever you go, there’s somewhere to explore. From nature trails to public parks, paddling in one one of the lakes or rockpooling along the coast. There’s an adventure around every corner.
The family-friendly Muncaster at Ravenglass and Mirehouse at Keswick were both crowned as deserving winners in the Cumbria for Excellence Awards 2007.
The Lakeland Maize Maze has two mazes to find your way around, complete with trail quizzes. There’s also indoor karting, a soft play climbing wall, mini tractors and a pet corner. At the Max Meadowvole Maze at Muncaster, you turn into a tiny meadowvole for the day to find your way through the giant meadowland.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that people in The Lake District are obsessed by food and drink. But with so many specialities and delicacies to try , it can be hard to think of anything else.
From sticky toffee pudding in Cartmel to homemade chocolate in Penrith, Cumberland sausages from Waberthwaite to goats' cheese from Thursby, you can happily eat your way right around the region. Local producers use the freshest local ingredients to create their specialities. And they're incredibly passionate about the flavour and quality of their produce, to make sure you're equally passionate about eating it.
Throughout the year there are regular festivals, markets and other events to celebrate and share locally produced food and drink.
You can pack so much more into your Isle of Man Steam Packet Getaway!