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Carlisle And The Lake District

Updated on August 23, 2011
Carlisle Castle
Carlisle Castle
Carlisle Cathedral
Carlisle Cathedral


Hi there, if you have not read from my profile I come from the city of Carlisle in the north west of England directly ten miles from the Scottish border.

We have a beautiful city, that is steeped in history and becomes a tourist trap all year round mainly because the lake district is literally 20 miles south and west of the city, more about that later.

Carlisle has had many invasions and famous people visit throughout history some of our more known invasions are the romans, who built hadrians wall to keep the Scottish out, we have also had the vikings who burned our city to the ground, we have had Bonnie Prince Charlie here during the Jacobite Rebellion in 1746.

Our famous landmarks in the city are our castle that was built by William Rufus in 1092, our cathedral, built by William Rufus in 1092 and Tullie House which is our museum and has many artifacts and such to feast your eyes on.

In our castle we had Mary Queen Of Scotts, the half sister of Elizabeth 1st of England, who was imprisoned here for a short time before she went on to to her beheading in another castle down south.

In our cathedral, Oliver Cromwell was said to have stabled his horses in the entrance of the cathedral as an insult to the church and such as he was known to do.

Our city has underwent some modernization but we still have a lot of the original buildings still in tact, we are a well known center for shopping as we have more shops than streets and an awful lot of pubs for meals and drinks at affordable prices which are really friendly.

A markerCarlisle -
Carlisle, Cumbria, UK
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Bassenthwaite Lake
Bassenthwaite Lake
The Fells Outside Keswick
The Fells Outside Keswick

Lake District

South and west of our city you will come to the lake district national park, which is one of the most beautiful places in our county of Cumbria, there are 9 lakes in total the others not mentioned are mainly rivers, tarns and meres.

  1. Bassenthwaite Lake
  2. Derwent water
  3. Hawes Water
  4. Lake Windermere
  5. Thirlmere
  6. Ullswater
  7. Buttermere
  8. Brothers Water
  9. Hayes Water

In the lake district we are famous for the mountains or the fells as we call them here in cumbria ('fell' being a Scandinavian term for mountain) they are mainly the most striking features of the county other than the lakes, most of the tourists that do come to the lake district mainly go fell walking up the mountains and the valleys and the striking views that you get from the trails are breath taking, something we in this county take for granted.

If you do come to the lake district for a holiday some of the lakes have steam boats that go up and down the lakes to the towns that are set alongside the most famous is of course windermere as it is the largest lake in the county,

I hope you like this hub and do consider coming to the lake district for your next holiday believe me it is worth every penny.

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A markerLake Windermere -
Windermere, Cumbria, UK
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B markerBassenthwaite Lake -
Bassenthwaite Lake, The Lake District, Cumbria, UK
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C markerDerwent Water -
Derwent Water, The Lake District, Cumbria CA12, UK
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D markerHawes Water -
Haweswater Reservoir, The Lake District, Cumbria, UK
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E markerThirlmere Lake -
Thirlmere, The Lake District, Saint Johns Castlerigg and Wythburn, Cumbria CA12 4, UK
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F markerUllswater -
Ullswater, The Lake District, Cumbria, UK
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G markerButtermere -
Buttermere, The Lake District, Cumbria CA13 9, UK
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H markerBrothers Water -
Brothers Water, The Lake District, Patterdale, Cumbria CA11, UK
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I markerConiston -
Coniston, Cumbria, UK
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J markerLake Grasmere -
Grasmere, The Lake District, Lakes, Cumbria LA22, UK
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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      I love the Lakes I have been blessed to have been born right on the fringe of them and ofcourse now I know the walks and the roads backwards as I have been down them all :)

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      It is absolutely beautiful Callum - my brother and I often take my Mother and Auntie (Mabel!) for drives around the Lake District - we love driving through the passes (eg Honister) for the spectacular views.

      Of course, it's a good introduction to the Scottish Highlands!!


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      Callum 7 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Kcc Big Country and misty horizon2003 im glad you like my article, and I agree with you both that the stone circle at castlerigg is the most beautiful spot and the lake district full stop is the most stunning place on earth, and has every thing to offer for a great holiday.

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      Cindy Lawson 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Great hub, and I am particularly pleased to see it as I have had several holidays in the Lake District (Borrowdale etc) in my lifetime, and I love it, (as do all of my family). It is truly beautiful in every season, the scenery takes your breath away and for people who like walking or fishing it is the perfect holiday location. Thumbs up :)

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      Karen Curtis 7 years ago from Central Texas

      OMG, I absolutely fell in love with the Lake District when I was in England in 2006! (You'll find I have a number of English hubs because of it!) We drove around Lake Windermere and ended up in Keswisk. The site of Castlerigg Stone Circle is the most beautiful spot on Earth! I long to go back!

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      Callum 7 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      There is a room in carlisle castle where it is believed tha Mary Queen of Scotts still haunts it, she is notorious for moving items inside the sealed room.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I have friend in England. He is studying in Durham university right now. I am glad to know where are you came from. It looks wonderful place. Those are beautiful lake. You have to grateful living in that place. Thanks for showing me about this.

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      Callum 7 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Trust me you will love it, we really are lucky to live in such a most beautiful part of britain lol :)

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      De Greek 7 years ago from UK

      You talked me into it. I am visiting first chance I get :-))