Bordering Scotland, Cumbria is in the north-west part of England and is the third largest county. There's something for everyone in Cumbria: coastland, mountains, rural villages, and towns. This is where you'll find the Lake District, England's largest national park with famous towns such as Keswick and Grasmere, and lakes and waters such as Windermere, Ullwater and Coniston.

Places to visit

Keswick, Cockermouth, Windermere, Whinlatter Forest Park, Tullie House Museum, Carlisle Cathedral and castle, Cumberland Pencil museum, Muncaster Castle, Wordsworth House.


Books based in this county:

Authors associated with this county 

Authors who are associated with this county (born or lived here) or who have based their books here.

William Wordsworth 

John Ruskin

Beatrix Potter

John Cunliffe (Postman Pat) 

Arthur Ransome (Swallows and Amazons)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Sarah Hall

Melvyn Bragg

Val McDermid

Map  by Nilfanion [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons. Not affiliated with The Travelling Reader.

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