Gems of England’s North Country

Alison Rombough

Holidays in England’s North Country are immensely popular, with good reason – there’s something in this gorgeous region for everyone. Whether you prefer spending time outdoors or tend to enjoy historical sites and intriguing tours more, you’re sure to find something that captivates you.

The Lake District has long been a draw for those eager to escape the crowds and fast pace of city life, and remains an exceptional area to discover. There is much to do in England’s North Country; below, we highlight a few true standouts.

  • Windermere – Many people erroneously refer to the largest body of water in England as Windermere Lake; in fact, its name translates to mean “Vinandr’s Lake,” so the word lake is redundant. This sprawling natural watercourse is the centerpiece of scenic Lake District National Park, and is a must see for anyone visiting this part of England. Cruises along the lake are not to be missed; people have been flocking here since the Kendal and Windermere railway extended her in 1847, and it’s well worth a day or two.
  • Ghost Walks In York – When planning a holiday in England’s North Country, consider booking into one of York’s hotels in order to experience an evening’s chill-inducing ghost walk. These walking tours are quite popular in this ancient city, and the well preserved architecture found all around the city makes it a natural place to do this. Guides generally dress up in old fashioned clothes, and ghost tours are conducted in the evening to lend a more mysterious air to the proceedings.
  • Dove Cottage – England’s famed Lake District is well known for its natural scenic beauty, and it almost equally well known for being a popular area for writers, poets and other literary greats to live. There are many fine Lake District hotels from which you can head over to the quintessential Lakes historical spot, Dove Cottage. Once the home of William Wordsworth, it is now open for tours and lends visitors a glimpse into why so many literary greats found this region so alluring.
  • Grizedale Forest – Another Lakes must-see, Grizedale Forest covers approximately 10 square miles and is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Long, winding mountain bike trails and footpaths allow you to explore this stunning region on your own. Lake District hotels make popular headquarters for people who plan to take advantage of everything that Grizedale has to offer – discover it for yourself.
  • Clifford’s Tower – Get a glimpse of what medieval York was like by stopping by this ancient castle in the centre of town. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from Clifford’s Tower while learning a bit about why William the Conqueror erected this massive edifice. It’s yet another great reason to book York hotels in order to tour this fascinating city.
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