42 Reasons Cumbria Totally Ruins You For Life

Come for the lakes, stay for the sticky toffee pudding.

1. Because it’s filled with incredible lakes that look like this:


2. And forests that look like something out of a fantasy novel.

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Millom Woods.

3. Because you’re never far from a view like this:

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Skiddaw at dusk.

4. Or this:


Yewbarrow Fell.

5. Not to mention this:

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Langdale Valley.

6. Because the locals are very friendly.

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Herdwick sheep on Honister Pass.

7. Because it’s quite literally paradise in spring.


Little Salkeld Mill in the Eden Valley.

8. And it’s glorious in summer too.

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9. Autumn is completely ridiculous.


10. And winter is like something out of a dream.

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11. Because its food is unbeatable.

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Cartmel sticky toffee pudding.

12. And there’s nothing more delicious than a traditional Cumberland sausage.

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Ideally from Graham Gordon’s in Carlisle.

13. Because you’re constantly surrounded by a sense of history.


Castlerigg Stone Circle.

14. And wonderful sights from the past.


Furness Abbey.

15. Plus, some of our buildings are seriously spectacular.

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Carlisle Cathedral.

16. While others are just downright gorgeous.

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Hutton-In-The-Forest, Penrith.

17. Because our music festivals are way better (and prettier) than yours.

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Kendal Calling in Lowther Deer Park.

18. Because you’d miss serene and dreamy scenes like this:

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19. And this:

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Aira Force.

20. Not to mention all the wide, open spaces.

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21. Because there are weird and wonderful sights all around you.

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The Rampside Lighthouse, Barrow-In-Furness.

22. And you’re never sure what you’ll find around the next corner.

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“Entrust” sculpture, Brandelhow Wood.

23. Because if you left, you’d never get to live in a house like this:

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Cottage in Longsleddale.

24. Because there are so many fun things to do…

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Horse riding near Coniston.

25. …unusual places to explore…

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Rydal Cave.

26. …and exciting things to try.

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Go Ape in Grizedale Forest.

27. Plus you won’t find crazy events like this anywhere else.

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The Appleby Horse Fair.

28. Because our Sunday “strolls” look a bit like this:

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Haystacks and High Peak.

29. Or this:

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Scafell Pike.

30. Or, if we’re feeling particularly energetic, this:

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31. And you’re never far from an awesome meal at the end of it.

Fennel-stuffed slow roast pork belly with summer vegetable broth from Alexandros Greek Restaurant and Deli in Carlisle.

32. Because nothing is lovelier than a sparkling Cumbrian lake on a sunny day.

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Derwent Water.

33. Although it doesn’t matter if it’s cloudy; our lakes are beautiful even when the weather isn’t.

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34. Because Cumbria is also home to a pretty big bit of the Yorkshire Dales.

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Sedbergh at sunset. See, it isn’t all lakes.

35. Because Kendal Mint Cake is the greatest snack in the world.

And you wouldn’t get up those fells without it.

36. And Kendal itself is pretty damn great too.

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River Kent.

37. Because if you left, you’d miss the cosy, pretty towns…

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Like Cockermouth.

38. …you’d miss the summer boat trips…

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MV Tern on Windermere.

39. …and you’d definitely miss the gingerbread.

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Other gingerbread just isn’t worthy of the name.

40. In short, it’s one of the most sublimely beautiful places on Earth.

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41. And there really isn’t anywhere else quite like it.

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42. Just look at this. Why would you ever want to leave?

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“The hills are eternal. Always there will be the lonely ridge, the dancing beck, the silent forest; always there will be the exhilaration of the summits. These are for the seeking.” ― Alfred Wainwright, The Western Fells.

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Hilary Mitchell is the Scotland editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Edinburgh.
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