Wherever one travels in the world there are places of great beauty. Beauty is of course in the eye of the beholder but by far the majority of people agree that landscape beauty contains mountains, water, grass and forests and (if at all) very little human impingement, few houses, no factories with smoking chimneys.
Well there are beauty spots throughout the world. Lac Leman in Switzerland is one of them; heart breakingly pretty in a chocolate box cover sort of way. Picture taken of steamers in the Norwegian Fjords are likewise.
In the whole of England it is rare to get very far from a population centre. And, as England was scoured by a Glacier it is largely a land of low hills to the South. Even the Southern downs are little more than ridges.
And then there is the Lake District. In all of the British Isles there is not an area to match it for unsurpassed beauty. It is an area of mountains (the only mountains in England) and sixteen lakes, plus numerous smaller tarns (as they are called) and reservoirs in the valleys in between them. The entire area is a national park and ther is no industry but a thriving tourist trade as well as the agricultural output of the various rather remote farms.
The area has long been famous for the associations it has had with writers and poets through the centuries. One of the most famous poems by Wordsworth, The daffodils, was inspired by the shores of Ulswater. He is actually buried in the Town of Grasmere near one of the lakes. Beatrix Potter who wrote and illustrated the Peter Rabbit children's stories which are world famous lived in Hill Top farm and her house is now a major tourist attraction.
Many children may remember the Arthur Ransome books; "The Swallows and Amazons" "SwallowDale" and others which were set in this area and romanticized the idyllic life served without TV or play-stations or any modern contraptions by a bunch of young kids.
The biggest lake is Windermere and it is more or less central to the southern part of the area. It is an ideal town to stay at if one is planning a short holiday or even a weekend break in this area. The M6 motorway will get you to the edge of the lake district in an hour's drive from Manchester.
A self catering cottage is an ideal location for a thoroughly relaxing break in this idyllic setting where there is tons to do and beautiful places to see. Ride a ferry across the lake to walk in the hills and take in the breathtaking views. There are all sorts of pleasure craft to be rented on the lake itself which is beautifully safe and wonderfully clean. And of course there are the fantastically scenic drives to be taken all over this awesomely beautiful area. lake district Cottages have plenty of places available and many special deals to offer. For the ideal break in a place of great scenic wonder come to the lake district.