48 Hours Exploring the Lake District in Northern England
Few places are as cliche bucolic as the Lake District in northwest England. This was my first trip to the UK and while most travelers would choose to explore the big city on a first visit, I've always loved the countryside, so I was excited to explore the parts of the country known for their stunning natural good looks. The Lake District attracts some 15 million people each year. They come to marvel at this lush green meets blue region's lakes, hills and fells, or drive quiet country roads to quaint lost-in-time villages perfect for sipping a cup of afternoon tea. Beyond the outdoors, this region is also rich in literary history with connections to William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter, who were among the wordsmiths to be inspired by this magical region. After a few days exploring I was quick to see why! Here's how I spent my 48 Hours in the Lake District.