- On September 9
- In Visiting the UK
Discover the wonderful world of Cumbria
Man has proven himself time and time again to be the most powerful creature on this planet. Only half of it is owed to his physical strength, with the other half down to his ability to learn and create. Up until now man has created many wonders throughout the world. Yet, there is nothing that compares to the wonders and beauty created by nature giving us all an urge from time to time to escape the concrete jungle of man-made structures and unwind in the arms of nature for a while.
Among some of the most picturesque locations that nature offers us is Cumbria, located in North West England, its magnificent mountains and whimsical waters make it a heaven on earth for many and it is the beauty of this land that has inspired many writers, poets, artists and musicians in times gone by.
Cumbria is often described as a place right out of fairy tales. It has some of the most beautiful historical buildings including enchanting castles and splendid churches. It is the second largest county in England and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the UK with the more popular towns being Windermere, Ambleside, Keswick and Eden valley.
Cumbria was invaded by the Romans in 56 BC. The Forts erected by the Romans and the castles of the medieval kingdom are very popular sites for visitors in the area. Some of these structures include the Hard Knott Roman Fort, Kendal Castle Howe, Ravenglass Bath House, Rose Castle, Waitby Castle and Wray Castle.
Once the roaming place of people such as Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, the beauty of this valley has inspired many great works. The daffodils, which Wordsworth praised by writing a poem on their beauty still exist at the Glencoyene Bay. If you take some time to wander around the county, you will soon realise the inspiration behind some of Wordsworth’s beautiful words.
Today, there are a number of old properties and buildings that have been refurbished and operating as guesthouses and hotels for seekers of nature’s bliss. Visitors arrive year-round to enjoy every season in the picturesque valley. The people at most of the hotels and guesthouses are warm, friendly and welcoming as are most people you will meet in the area.
Other than adoring nature’s calming beauty, there are number of other activities that visitors can enjoy in Cumbria. You will find museums, galleries and historic sites to explore in abundance and if you prefer a little activity and adventure then you will find services aplenty offering fishing, boating and climbing. There are many shops where you can purchase a variety of souvenirs and some beautiful typical English pubs to relax in at the end of a long day.
If you are tired of your fast paced city life then consider taking a UK day trip from London to Cumbria to give you that well deserved break to unwind and discover the true power that nature can offer. You have to see it to believe it!