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Lake District Vacation, England

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Lake District, Cumbria, England

Lake District, Cumbria, England

On our way to Lake District


A few years ago, my husband and I went to have a vacation with my sister and her husband to England. We started our travel with DFDS Seaways cruise ferry from Port of Ijmuiden in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, crossing the North Sea to Newcastle Port, England. We had an overnight cabin as we travelled by nighttime. We enjoyed our stay inside the ferry as it has a lot of amusement centers, restaurants, cinemas, pubs and we were enjoying the amazing view of the sea while the night was not dark, yet. Our cabin was not so bad for four persons with a bathroom and we were excited for our coming adventure at Lake District.


The next day, after our English breakfast which consists of bacon, toast, fried eggs, baked beans, roasted tomatoes, teas, coffees and juices, we prepared ourselves for our arrival in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. We went inside our car waiting for our signal to go out of the ferry and then to the English road which means driving on the left side of the road. It was my brother-in-law´s car, but my husband was driving most of the time. Driving on the left side of the road was so scary for we were not used to it especially that I sat on the side where other vehicles passed by. However, my husband loved driving on the left and had driven many times on English roads so we felt secure.


Our destination was a Bed and Breakfast Hotel in Cockermouth which is near the Lake District. The hotel was our base for our one week vacation for exploring the Lake District.

Below are the 3 places we have been to:

  1. Hadrian Wall
  2. Cockermouth
  3. Lake Windermere
Port of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England

Port of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England

Travel Guide Lake District, England

Travel Guide book for Great Britain is a must when traveling to England, Scotland and Wales. It will help you a lot where to go, to dine and to find some amazing places you have not heard of, yet.

1. Hadrian Wall


Hadrian Wall was on our way to Cockermouth so we made a stop for an hour or two to see the remnants of it. Hadrian Wall was built around 2000 years ago by Emperor Hadrians´ order who was the emperor in Britain at the times of the Roman Empire. It was built as a border to have control of the flow of population and as what I have heard, to keep the Scotsman away from the English people.


Me, L. & B. sitting on the remnants of Hadrians Wall

Me, L. & B. sitting on the remnants of Hadrians Wall

2. Cockermouth


Cockermouth is known as an old market town since 1221 and it is outside the boundary of Lake District. This town became popular because of the two men who were born in this town. William Wordsworth, a poet and a writer and the man who had led the mutiny on "The Bounty" Fletcher Christian. William Wordsworth popular poem was "The Daffodils".


Our stay in Cockermouth was a memorable one. There were lots of shops to stroll around, from antiques to modern ones, different restaurants, many beautiful churches, lakes, mountains and a fascinating castle and a park nearby.

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Information  at the remnants of Hadrians  Wall

Information at the remnants of Hadrians Wall

3. Lake Windermere


The largest lake in England is lake Windermere. Lake Windermere is such a lovely place to visit. It was a sunny day when we were there and we had enjoyed our cruise tour on the lake of Windermere. Sitting on the benches of the boat was relaxing. Breathing the fresh air, observing the birds flying above us, the swans swimming on the lake and taking in the beauty of the nature around the lake while the other tourists were enjoying their boating and fishing activity.

Lake District, Cumbria, England

Lake District, Cumbria, England

Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. 1. What is the name of the old market town in Lake District?
    • Hull
    • Cockermouth
    • Bath
  2. 2. When was Hadrian Wall built?
    • 1000 years ago
    • 2000 years ago
    • 3000 years ago
  3. 3. Who led the mutiny on The Bounty?
    • Lord Byron
    • William Wordsworth
    • Fletcher Christian
  4. 4. Who wrote the poem The Daffodils?
    • William Shakespeare
    • William Butler Yeats
    • William Wordsworth
  5. 5. What is the name of the largest natural lake in England?
    • Ullswater
    • Lake Windermere
    • Packington Lakes

Answer Key

  1. Cockermouth
  2. 2000 years ago
  3. Fletcher Christian
  4. William Wordsworth
  5. Lake Windermere
One of the lakes in Lake District, Cumbria, England

One of the lakes in Lake District, Cumbria, England

The Bounty


The video below is about the Mutiny on the Bounty. The leader of the mutiny was Fletcher Christian who was born in Cockermouth. Thus, making Cockermouth a place to visit to see the home of one of the most popular man in Lake District.

A Video About The Bounty

Mutiny On The Bounty, Book

The story of The Bounty is one of the best movies I have seen in my life. A very interesting and adventurous movie starred by Marlon Brando. A must watch movie.

Video


This vacation of ours has taken place in the year 2003. It is nine years ago. I am sure there are a lot of improvements now and I hope it is still the same beauty as I once saw it. I hope you enjoyed reading this article and feel free to give an honest comment. Thank you for reading.


My Sources: Lake District Brochure and Flyer

Wikipedia

Updated Jan. 29, 2013 Just added a Poll


Votes

Emperor Hadrian

Video

Lake District Map, Cumbria, England

© 2011 Thelma Alberts

Comments

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 15, 2016:

Yes, it was an interesting and wonderful travel that we have done in England PriscilaKing. Thanks for dropping by. Have a great day.

Priscilla King from Gate City, Virginia on September 13, 2016:

What pretty pictures, and what an interesting tour it must have been!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on January 10, 2013:

Thank you TravelinJack for stopping by. I´ll check it right away. Have a great day!

Jack Baumann from St. Louis, Missouri on January 09, 2013:

What a spectacular place! Love the photos, brings me back there, I just published a hub on the Lake District, check it and let me if it does the place justice!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 04, 2012:

Hi Mark! Thanks for visiting my page and for following me. Yeah, have a holiday in Lake District. It´s really an awesome place for nature lovers. You can visit also the place of Beatrix Potter, the author of The Tale Of Peter Rabbit. Enjoy your day.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 28, 2012:

Thank you Sandra for your visit and for SHARING this hub. Your comment is highly appreciated.

Sandra Busby from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA on March 26, 2012:

Your pictures are beautiful. I have never been to the Lake District, but I feel I have visited through this hub with its many images and videos. Thanks for SHARING. Sandra Busby

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 28, 2011:

You´re welcome Liza. Thanks for reading my article and giving a good comment. Have a lovely new week to come.

liza on August 28, 2011:

Thanks for bringing us to Lake District by sharing your pictures and experiences. For us, which is impossible to go anywhere we want to go, your hub really do great. More power and keep going!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 08, 2011:

Thank you Ingenira for your comment and for your follow. Lake District is a lovely place to visit. May and June will be the right months so it is still warm but we are not sure anyway due to climate changes. Thanks again.

Ingenira on August 08, 2011:

I've read and heard so much about Lake District... Beatrix Potter and her stories. I hope to get the chance to see these places and spends weeks hiking or cycling in these palces one day.

Another great write up.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 28, 2011:

You are welcome. I agree with you James. I have not seen such beautiful place in England although Yorkshire Dale is also beautiful but in its own way. Thanks for stopping by.

James A Watkins from Chicago on July 28, 2011:

This must be the most beautiful part of England. I did visit once and loved the scenery. Thank you for bringing back golden memories of this magnificent landscape.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 20, 2011:

Hi September girl. Thanks for your follow and your comment. Yes, England is a beautiful place one should visit. I hope you can in the future.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 20, 2011:

Hi Movie Master. Thank you for stopping by and giving your comment. Yes,it is beautiful there. Tell me please how Lake District looks at Automn time and enjoy your stay there.

september girl on July 20, 2011:

I have always wanted to visit England. Thanks for sharing your lovely pics and information. Beautiful work.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on July 20, 2011:

Hi Thelma, it seems ridiculous but I have never visited the Lake District, it looks so beautiful, we're hoping to visit in the Autumn, fabulous hub, great photos thank you.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 18, 2011:

Thank you shygirl2 for stopping by and commenting on my hub. England is a beautiful place to visit and while you are in Europe, you can visit Paris, Rome or Germany as well;-)

shygirl2 on July 16, 2011:

I'd love to see England someday, as it has always intrigued me. Thanks for sharing your wonderful travel hub, Thelma Alberts. Marked it up, useful and interesting. Need to bookmark it now for future reference. : )

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 15, 2011:

Thank you Les Trois Chenes. It is good to hear that you were in Lake District for a month or two. You must have painted a lot of beautiful landscape of Lake District. Limousin must be lovely. Thanks for dropping by and giving wonderful comment.

Les Trois Chenes from Videix, Limousin, South West France on July 15, 2011:

What a beautiful hub and super pictures. Brings back memories. I love the Lake District. I spent a month, (or was it two) as Artist in Residence at Grizedale forest and it was truly magical. I have lots of paintings from this period to remind me of my stay, and now run painting holidays, a holiday home and bed and breakfast in Limousin, known as "The Lake District of France". Really.

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