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More About Cumbria and The Lake District

Cumbria was formed from the old counties of Cumberland, Westmorland, and part of North Lancashire, and is now England's third largest county in size. Inside is the Lake District National Park, an area some 30 miles across which contains England's highest mountain (Scafell Pike), longest lake (Windermere) and deepest lake (Wastwater).

Cumbria and the Lake District are hugely popular destinations for national and international holidaymakers alike, who flock to see the impressive landscapes and sample the delight of country life. Cumbria is home to many events throughout the year, from traditional sports days in Ambleside, to the Keswick Film Festival.

Cumbria is also one of the few places that is still home to traditional crafts such as dry stone walling and basket weaving. But running parallel to these older trades is a thriving industrial west coast, which is set to develop further with proposals for up to three new nuclear power plants. With BAE Systems in Barrow-in-Furness, to Sellafield nuclear power station further up the coast, Cumbria offers a vast amount of engineering-based jobs and careers which are improving the county’s economy.

Cumbria can be reached by both road and rail. The M6 motorway travels north along the east boarder of Cumbria – junction 36 near Kendal, junction 40 at Penrith and junctions 42-44 at Carlisle.

Carlisle is a major railway junction on the West Coast Main Line from London Euston to Glasgow, which also has stations at Penrith and Oxenholme (for Kendal and Windermere). Carlisle is also served by lines from Dumfries, Newcastle, and Leeds, and the south lakes area can be easily reached from Lancaster.

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