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Lake District

The Lake District is one of the most scenic, not to mention, popular, areas of England.

It takes up most of Cumbria in the North West, close to the border with Scotland.

The Lake District is a National Park, the largest in Britain, covering 885 square miles.

The lakes themselves were formed from glacial meltwater, and are beautifully positioned among England's most impressive mountain range.

Windermere is England's largest lake, and others include Bassenthwaite Lake, Coniston Water, Derwentwater, Ennerdale Water, Grasmere, Rydal Water, Thirlmere, Ullswater and Wastwater.

Sca Fell Pike is the highest mountain in England, and other mountains include Helvellyn, Sca Fell and Skiddaw.

The towns, all of them popular touring centres, include Kendal and Keswick, with smaller places including Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere, Grasmere and Windermere.

The Lake District's fame spread in the 19th century, largely due to the works of Samual Taylor Coleridge, John Ruskin, Robert Southey and above all William Wordsworth.

There are a total of 1800 miles of public paths, providing unrivalled opportunities for walking and climbing.