The Lake District is most famous for its beautiful lakes and mountains - the region is home to England's five tallest mountains, two national parks and three official areas of outstanding beauty. With a huge number of activity providers, the Lakes can also lay claim to be the adventure capital of the UK.
The Lake District is a haven for walkers and cyclists with trails leading to beautiful lakes and rivers, ancient woodlands, diverse wildlife and distinctive archaeology.
There are lots of must-see sites in the Lakes. They include England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, which is a challenging 978 metre climb that rewards walkers with stunning views of the Langdale Pikes. At the opposite end of the scale is Wastwater, which at 78 metres is England's deepest lake.
Of course, the Lake District has much for anyone who wants to enjoy watersports. Canoeing, kayaking, gorge walking, waterskiing and windsurfing are on offer throughout the area, with a variety of tuition centres available offering structured courses.
There's plenty to see outside of the National Park areas. Holehird Gardens is maintained by the Lakeland Horticultural Society and spans 17 picturesque acres, with rock and heather gardens, trees and shrubs and three national collections of rare and beautiful flowers.
There are many pretty towns and villages in the region. Carlisle has a majestic cathedral and a thriving town centre, whilst Whitehaven is a seaside resort full of historic buildings and a beautiful 17th century harbour. For a traditional market town you can head to Ullswater with its cobbled streets and specialist shops.