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The spectacular scenery of the Lake District combined with its literary connections make this region one of our firm favourites, and Northumberland to the west is home to both a great stretch of coast and Hadrian's Wall.
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Our guide to holidays in The Lake District and Northumberland
The landscape of the Lake District inspired the poetry of Wordsworth and Coleridge yet is perhaps best known as the home of Beatrix Potter and her furry friends. The artists Turner, Ruskin and Burne-Jones all sought inspiration in the landscape here too, and if their paintings are anything to go by, we'd say they're pretty good judges. The Lake District is the perfect UK escape for families, not least because of Beatrix Potter's lasting legacy which is evident far and wide - visit Hawkshead where Johnny Town Mouse lived and Derwent Water, the home of Squirrel Nutkin. Aside from our favourite childhood characters, the Lake District is also home to Postman Pat and Thomas the Tank Engine lives at Ravenglass Railway. Plenty of fresh air and a literary education - what could be better?
Our top two areas to explore in Northumberland are the coast and Hadrian's Wall, the latter a British landmark that attracts a multitude of visitors a year, and for good reason. Construction began in the year 122 and was Roman Britain's greatest building project, traversing 73 miles of English countryside. The most dramatic section of the wall is the area from Crawfields to Walltoen Quarry, and whilst there we recommend a trip to the well preserved Temple of Mithras at Carrawburgh. Pay attention walking fans - this is dream rambling territory with stunning scenery interspersed with good pubs and friendly hostelries in which to rest weary limbs.
The coast is home to numerous wild birds and in Winter the Grey Seals are a sight to behold, while Bambagh has a spectacular long sandy beach with a backdrop of Bambagh Castle. The village itself has a selection of fantastic pubs, and there is also a quintessentially English tea room which is a must. We also recommend veering off coast to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne with its national nature reserve.