Why We Love Cumbria

Posted 25 January 2017

With its huge concentration of historic buildings, lakes, churches, walking routes and picturesque towns, Cumbria is a fantastic place to enjoy a long or short break — a fact that is confirmed by the 41.5 million visitors that come to Cumbria and the Lake District each and every year. Tourism generates an estimated £2.44 billion for the Cumbrian economy each year, supporting some 58,000 jobs across the region. 

Tourism aside, Cumbria is also a great place to call home, with many people choosing to relocate to the area for its culture, scenery and unique character. 

In this article, we take a closer look at some of the reasons why people choose to settle in Cumbria.


Experience the great outdoors

The breath-taking views of Cumbria don’t have to be enjoyed on a part-time basis. By making your dream move to the region, you’ll have daily access to the county’s stunning lakes, fells, mountains, coastline and historic sites all year round. The landscape of Cumbria can only be described as dramatic and whether you choose to live in a town or a more remote location you are certain to enjoy some amazing views. 

Cumbria is home to the Lake District, an area of outstanding natural beauty that has inspired the works of countless musicians, writers and artists. The area is also home to an abundance of wildlife and with more than 40 nature reserves across Cumbria and the Lake District, watching and learning more about it is easy.


The home of entertainment

There is always plenty to keep you busy on a weekend in Cumbria. Take in the majestic lakes with a cruise on the water. The lake cruise in Windermere dates back to the Victorian era and is still enjoyed to this day, with its steamers complete with promenade decks, teashops and even fully licensed bars.

Lovers of Peter Rabbit will also want to take a trip to the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead. In addition to seeing the village that inspired Beatrix, you can view the author’s original artwork in the ‘That Corner of the Lake District’ exhibition and visit Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter. Elsewhere, you can go back in time even further with a visit to the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry in Kendal, Hutton-in-the-Forest Historic House and Gardens, Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, Carlisle Castle and Townend in Windermere, another famous stomping ground of Beatrix Potter. 

As well as enjoying the wildlife of Cumbria, the Lakes Aquarium is the perfect day out for all the family and an opportunity to get closer to otters, diving ducks, marmosets, British sharks and stingrays.

More than 100 festivals are hosted in Cumbria annually, too. These include Roots 66, Big Chillswim, Keswick Film Festival, Kendal Festival of Food, Ulverston WalkFest and Cumbria Life Sausage Festival.


Award winning food and drink

Cumbria isn’t just known for being the birthplace of the Cumberland sausage, damsons and Kendal mint cake, there are also many eateries across the region serving the very best in local produce. Whether you wish to enjoy the finest and freshest ingredients with some simple pub grub or a more extravagant fine dining experience, Cumbria is the place to be for foodies. The region has three Michelin stars alongside an array of local food heroes, which can be experienced across Cumbria’s towns and villages and at the Taste Cumbria festivals held throughout the year.


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