Lake District

As described in the poetry of Shelley, Keats, Tennyson, and Charlotte Bronte, the Lake District is one of the most beautiful sections of protected land in all of England. The Lake District takes its name from the many lakes located within its 35-mile area, and interesting to note is that all of England's land that tops 3,000 feet above sea level can be found within these realms. Bordering Scotland, the Lake District protects wild flora and fauna that isn't often found elsewhere in the country. Tourists will enjoy taking walking tours, visiting the Lake District National Park Visitor Center, and exploring all that this popular and beautiful spot has to offer.

If you are planning on visiting the Lake District and would like to make it an overnight adventure, there are some excellent hotels in the region. As you might expect, many of the hotels in the Lake District are situated on or near a lake, and a few are even operated on the grounds of former monasteries. Inside these beautiful stone monasteries, guests will find warm, inviting lodging - the perfect thing to welcome weary walkers. For the most part, the hotels in the Lake District that are housed in historical buildings tend to be on the expensive side. Newer hotels in the Lake District generally offer lower prices to tourists traveling on a budget.

A walking tour is an excellent way to spend a day- or even just the afternoon- in England's Lake District. Organized walking tours are available through trusted companies (many of which have been in operation for over 100 years), and they offer the perfect way to enjoy either a solitary stroll or to meet some fellow travelers. Trails in the Lake District are well maintained, and a nice selection of comfortable pubs and restaurants are scattered throughout the area, offering various opportunities for hikers to break for some food, drink, and socializing.

If you do plan to do some exploring, be it with a group or on your own, be sure to bring a rain jacket. Weather in England's Lake District is quite temperate, and can change from dry to wet very quickly. On average, the Lake District experiences about 2,000mm of rain a year, and in some places, this amount can be even higher. The Lake District is also windy. Some of the areas protected by trees experience less wind, but in general, any area with low tree cover is bound to be blustery. Although the months between March and June are the driest, the difference is minimal and any time of the year is an acceptable time to enjoy the walking trails.

Though the English have always had a reverence for the Lake District, it only became the Lake District National Park in 1951 when Parliament officially passed a law to protect it. Today the Lake District National Park is home to a collection of wildlife that is unique in England. Red squirrels and England's only colony of Golden Eagles can be found in the Lake District, along with a collection of endangered fish. As a side note, laws regarding fishing in the Lake District have become stricter, and heavy fines are imposed on those who do not comply.

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