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Beatrix Potter Country    
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Coniston Water                  At 5.5 Miles long a background of wooded hills and mountains on the West shore make a striking picture.  Around the lake many place names have Norse origins.  It was here in 1967 that Donald Campbell died in an attempt to break the water speed record.  His body and the wreck of his famours boat were only recovered in 2001.
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Hawkshead                          A delightful lake district village with old cottages and alleyways.  Home of the Beatrix Potter Gallery, also the village where William Wordsworth went to school in 1778.  St Michaels Church was built in the late 15th Century and Wordsworths school built in 1585.
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Kendal                                   An ancient town with evidence of an early British settlement and a Roman camp at Watercock.  However most of Kendal`s recorded history dates from the time of the Conqueror, who gave land to his Norman henchmen.  Richard I made the town a Barony in 1189.  By 1331 the woollen industry had begun, Edward III authorised John Kemp of Flanders to establish Flemish weavers in the town and the woollen industry flourished for over Six Centuries.  The town became noted for the production of Kendal Green (a green woollen cloth favoured by the Archers).  It is still known as the old grey town, because of the number of grey buildings.  Market days have been held since 1189.  Near the G.P.O. is a house now occupied by the Y.M.C.A., It is reputed that Bonny Prince Charlie stayed there on his march to Derby and again on his retreat. two nights later his pursuer the well named Butcher Cumberland slept at the same house and in the same bed.
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Kirkstone Pass                   This is the highest and longest of all the Lake District motor passes and at its summit it is 1,476ft above sea level.
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Lakes                                    The area holds a special fascination, a jumble of crags and ridges, a labyrinth of lakes and rivers.  This unique combination of spectacular mountains and rugged fells is interspersed by green valleys and mirrored in numerous tarns and meres.  Views that have captured the imagination of the adventurous traveller for over two hundred years.
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Troutbeck                            A wild and beautiful valley the gateway to the Kikstone pass
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Wordsworth Country      
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Windermere                        At 10.5 miles Windermere is the longest freshwater lake in England and in that distance its surroundings change from the milder countryside at the South end to the mountainous scenery at the North, where the lake reaches almost to Ambleside.  The shores are thickly wooded, so that when driving round you often have only restricted views of the water from the road.
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Ullsewater                           Three stretches of water make up Ullswaters length, their changes of direction alter the view considerably as you proceed.  All those lofty peaks (Place Fell, Martindale and the High Street Range) round the South, West and East areas of Ullswater make an impressive background to the quiet lake scene.
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