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The central and most popular part of this region is the Lake District National Park, which is the largest national park in England and is home to Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain, and Windermere, England's largest lake. From challenging hiking, such as that found at Buttermere, to low level hiking, such as that found at the Old Man of Coniston, there are paths and routes for all abilities. With many networks of footpaths surrounding the Lakes, the Lake District is home to some of the UK's finest hiking territory.
Windermere is the largest natural lake in the country whilst Derwent Water is known for its beautiful scenery. In the many forests, visitors can see Red Deer, indigenous trees and carpets of bluebells. There are a number of Lake District hotels that offer spectacular views of these amazing natural sights.
The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway gives visitors the chance to experience a journey on a steam train through stunning scenery. Running between Haverthwaite Station and Lakeside Pier, the Railway gives easy access to the Lakes Aquarium and Lakeland Motor Museum and, by transferring by ferry to Bowness, the World of Beatrix Potter.
There are many organised events that take place in the Lake District throughout the year, from guided walks for all levels to family events. Beer festivals, county shows, sporting events and heritage shows, as well as specialist interest events, mean there is something to appeal to everyone.
The weather in the Lake District is varied and often described as “wet”. Whilst location and geography make the Lake District one of the dampest parts of the UK, it has relatively moderate temperatures throughout the year. The months between March and June are usually the driest months and October to January tend to be the wettest. Those looking to go hiking in the snow will find it best to visit between November and April.
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