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Cumbria – Inspiration for “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”

Cumbria is a county located in the north-west of England on the border with Scotland. Whilst being the third largest ceremonial county in England, it is also one of the most sparsely populated.

For a short time prior to the Norman Conquest, much of Cumbria was ruled by Scotland. However, the county returned to England in 1092 following an invasion by William Rufus (King of England at the time). The county saw many wars and border skirmishes between England and Scotland in the centuries that followed.

The scenic views clearly had a fascination to poets and writers, William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter both spent time there. William Wordsworth was actually born in what was previously known as Cumberland (now Cumbria) and is famous for his poem “Daffodils”, although most people know it as “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”. The poem was inspired by a walk he took with his sister around Glencoyne Bay, Ullswater, in the Lake District.

Reasons to visit Cumbria

There are certainly plenty of things to see in Cumbria, which is why tourism plays a major part in the county’s economy. The Lake District attracts the highest number of tourists, especially for the Windermere Lake Cruises. Other attractions include Ullswater Steamers, Whinlatter Forest Park and Visitor Centre, South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Grizedale Forest Park and Visitor Centre, Carlisle Cathedral and three interesting castles called Sizergh Castle, Muncaster Castle and Carlisle Castle.

You can also find Halls, Parks, Railways, prehistoric sites, footpaths, lakes, museums and even more castles.

Entertainment and Dining in Cumbria

As a result of the tourism, there are many places offering entertainment, which include theatres, cinemas, nightclubs and pubs. There is a good choice of eating areas like Greens Cafe & Bistro in Grasmere, Jerichos Restaurant at the Waverley Hotel in Windermere and The Hare and Hounds Restaurant in Grange-over-Sands.

Accommodation in Cumbria

Plenty of Guest Houses, B&Bs, self-catering apartments and camping areas. Hotels include the Merewood Country House Hotel in Windermere, Waterhead Hotel in Ambleside and Lyzzick Hall Hotel in Keswick.