Rydal Falls Grasmere Cumbria

There are so many fantastic places to discover in Cumbria, some very well known and some that you might not have heard of before. I asked Blue Badge Guide for Cumbria, Tess Pike for her expert opinion on which five places you should really try to visit while on holiday in this amazingly beautiful county.

Tess Pike’s 5 Amazing Iconic And Hidden Gems To Visit In Cumbria

Grasmere View, Cumbria

Grasmere, in the heart of the poetic Lake District and the places that are associated with William Wordsworth. His homes, Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, which are connected by the Coffin Route, a wonderful short walk taking you high above the fells with spectacular views of Rydal water and Grasmere.

Hawkshead village

The lovely village of Hawkshead and Near Sawrey, which is the location of Hill Top Farm an essential visit for Beatrix Potter fans. The farm can be accessed either by road by travelling round the head of Windermere or the chain ferry from Bowness. In the case of the latter it is also possible to visit the delightful Claife Viewing Station ( National Trust ) which today, remains a rare example of a purpose–built public viewing station and is one of the earliest monuments to Lake District tourism.

Brandlehow Bay, Derwentwater

Keswick and its Queen of the Lakes, Derwentwater, giving access to the Borrowdale Valley, Honister Pass, Buttermere and a loop through the Newlands Valley or over Whinlatter Pass, with a spectacular viewpoint over the Lake District’s most northerly lake: Bassenthwaite Lake.

Couple walking on Ravenglass Beach, Cumbria

The Cumbrian Coast, especially the village of Ravenglass, once the location of a Roman harbour, which has the distinction of sitting within two World Heritage Sites; haunted Muncaster Castle; Whitehaven, with its fascinating mining heritage and spectacular views from its newly opened stretch of coastal path; and the town of Maryport with its picturesque harbour and Senhouse Museum high up on the cliffs.

Eden Valley Cumbria

The peaceful, tranquil Eden Valley, with highlights of the town of Appleby, a walk alongside the River Eden in the Wetheral or Armathwaite area, or Mallerstang Valley which is one of my personal all-time favourite places. It is known for its walks and ruined castle with its associations with Hugh de Morville, one of the knights responsible for the murder of Thomas Beckett.

Why Do We Use Blue Badge Guides For Our Day Tours?

Because, quite simply they are the best! The Blue Badge is a symbol of excellence in tourist guiding in the UK. Their knowledge and expertise will make your tour memorable for all the right reasons, giving you the best holiday experience ever! Thanks for your time Tess!

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