Home to the breathtaking Lake District National Park, and other Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the rural county of Cumbria boasts some one the most stunning landscapes in the United Kingdom. Inhabited by less than 500,000 residents, it is one the least populated counties in the country, with the city of Carlisle and the town of Barrow-in-Furness being the two largest settlements of the region.
The largely unspoiled scenery has provided a beautiful backdrop for many films, including Bruce Robinson’s cult classic, Withnail and I, Warner Brothers’ box office hit, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Danny Boyle’s critically acclaimed British zombie apocalypse horror, 28 Days Later. Many successful writers and artists hail from Cumbria, including children’s author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter, Arts and Crafts textiles designer, William Morris and ennobled BBC Radio 4 presenter, Melvyn Bragg. Also from the region are Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth – two of the most highly esteemed poets of the Romantic period.
Food lovers will be pleased to discover that Cumbria is also home to some of the UK’s finest restaurants, of which L’enclume in the medieval village of Cartmel is particularly significant. Headed by multi-award-winning chef Simon Rogan, the restaurant currently holds two prestigious Michelin stars, making it one of the most accomplished eateries in the whole country. Other noteworthy restaurants include Holbeck Ghyll and The Drunkern Duck Inn, both of which offer some of the finest food and wine in the region.