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|Whether looking for adventure or simply to relax, the English Lake District has long been the preferred destination for those looking for a true break from the daily grind.
The tranquillity of the lakes, the imposing Lakeland fells and forests and their stunning flora and fauna has, unsurprisingly, been the inspiration for many writers and artists, from Wordsworth and Coleridge, to Beatrix Potter and Alfred Wainwright.
Where to start when listing the 'major' towns or villages within the southlakes area is not an easy task. For now we have simply gone with the most familiar names, those within close proximity to one of the major lakes, but there are many more places and attractions worthy of mention on this page.
As this site develops further, more of these places will be included here.From Grasmere in the north of the area, Barrow-in-Furness in the south (Barrow is actually located on the Furness Peninsula), to Kendal and Sedbergh in the east, we are giving a brief description, along with a link to a community web site (where we can find one).
The town is a great location for anyone wishing to explore the southern Lakeland fells, as it is home to many B&Bs, hotels and holiday properties.
Possibly the most commercialised and popular destination in the Lake District , Bowness is Cumbria’s most popular destination.
Just north of Bowness and situated at the head of Windermere, the longest lake in the English Lake District, the busy town of Ambleside is a great place for families to explore all the delights that the area has to offer.
Coniston is a town located on the western shore of Coniston Water. Though picturesque, it does not suffer such intense tourism as other nearby places such as Bowness and Ambleside. It is located at the mouth of Coppermines Valley and Yewdale Beck, which descend from the Coniston Fells. It sits beneath Coniston Old Man which forms the county's highest point at 2,634ft.
Sedbergh lies about 10 miles east of Kendal and about 10 miles north of Kirkby Lonsdale (both of which are mentioned elsewhere on this site), and sits on the north bank of the River Rawthey.
One of the most picturesque villages you will ever see. Situated halfway between the north of Consiton Water and Lake Windermere, it has prospered since its beginnings as a medieval market town.
Its grand history includes connections with the poet William Wordsworth and children's story author Beatrix Potter.
Nowadays it has a car-free village centre, with cobbled streets and courtyards, allowing tourists to get a real sense of what the Lake District is all about.
Nestled between the coast and the beautiful South Lakeland fells the medieval village of Cartmel is a great place to visit at any time of year.
Set in the heart of the English Lake District the village of Grasmere is, according to Wordsworth, ‘the loveliest spot that man hath ever found’.
Ulverston is a market town in the South of the Lake District. Though in the 'Furness' area it is referred to as Ulverston - without the "in-Furness" suffix. A few miles north of Barrow-in-Furness, Ulverston is a Market town with great character and lovely shops.
It is fast becoming famous foe the many annual festivals it hosts such as Another Fine Fest (referring to Laural & Hardy) as Ulverston was the birthplave of Stan Laural. Other festivals include, The Dickensian Festival.
Ulverston's most visible landmark is Hoad Monument (Sir John Barrow monument), resembling a lighthouse, and built in 1850. The monument provides wonderful views of the surrounding area, including Morecambe Bay and parts of the Lake District.