Cumbria is a non-metropolitan county in North West England. Cumbria's largest settlement and county town is Carlisle. Cumbria is predominantly rural and contains the Lake District and Lake District National Park, considered one of England's most outstanding areas of natural beauty, serving as inspiration for artists, writers, and musicians.
An upland, coastal, and rural area, Cumbria's history is characterised by invasions, migration, and settlement, as well as battles and skirmishes between the English and Scottish.
The largest and most widespread industry in Cumbria is tourism. The Lake District National Park alone receives some 15.8 million visitors every year. Despite this, fewer than 50,000 people reside permanently within the Lake District
Things to do
Voted time and again the walker's favourite UK destination, the Lake District is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. Although a relatively small area, the Lake District contains a huge variety of opportunities for walkers.
The Lake District was made for cycling, with challenging off road mountain biking routes to gentle country lanes there is something for everybody. For families who want to cycle together there is so much on offer, trails, quiet railway paths, villages and valleys for some great days out.
The Lake District, Cumbria offers a huge variety of water sports, from canoeing and sailing to diving and ghyll scrambling, your choice of water based activities is limitless
As the official visitor guide to Cumbria golakes has info on attractions, restaurants, events and things to doThe World of Beatrix Potter Attraction
Information about Europe's only official Beatrix Potter Attraction, where you can meet Peter Rabbit and all his friends and learn more about Beatrix Potter