Situated in the village of Grasmere, Rothay Garden was built in the 1850s as a private home and…
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Budget accommodation in Grasmere is hard to find, but we think we've cracked it. Hiking enthusiasts, nature lovers, poets and artists will find something to love about this YHA in Cumbria. There's ample to do - activity breaks include water sports, orienteering and cycling. Just two minutes from the town of Grasmere, YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe makes for a convenient base for an all-action holiday.
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Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.
Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.
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