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The Lake District is the best place in the UK for outdoor adventures, no question – whether it’s hiking the rugged fells, splashing in the famous lakes, swinging and cycling through lakeland forests or pursuing a dozen other high-energy activities, from kayaking to off-roading. There are great walks everywhere – from family strolls to full-on expeditions – and there’s scarcely a village or B&B where you can’t be out of the door and in the middle of nowhere within twenty minutes or so. If you’re hardy, the weather isn’t going to bother you – and you do have to be prepared for rain, at any time of year – but there are also tons of wet-weather hideouts, including a number of museums and galleries that have a nationwide reputation. This, after all, is the region that was home to William Wordsworth and the so-called Lake Poets, and also to children’s authors Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransome, who have all left their mark in a series of memorial houses and landmark sites. But you can also get the lowdown on anything from pencils to motoring memorabilia, flying owls to vintage steam, in a series of quirky museums and highly entertaining family attractions. One tip – don’t try to get around too much in one visit. Distances might not look too daunting on a map, but Lake District roads can be slow, especially in school summer holidays. Best to pick a region – the central Lakes around Ambleside and Windermere, the northern Lakes and Keswick, or Buttermere, Cockermouth and the west – and let each slowly reveal its charms, as you drive, bike or, best of all, hike from quaint village to remote valley or pristine lake.

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