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Lakes and Fells

The fertile Vale of Eden is a truly unspoilt area in the North Pennines.

It's surrounded by the Lakeland Mountains, the Howgill Fells and Mallerstang - where the River Eden has its source. In Eden you will find alpine flowers, rolling fields and charming sandstone villages nestling in lush river valleys. This is the countryside that inspired William Wordsworth and it is easy to see why. Even today, Eden creates an impression of seclusion, though in fact it is convenient for the M6 motorway and easily accessible via rail and regional airports. This glorious area remains largely undiscovered by all but the discerning few. Mountains, lakes, castles and a wealth of history.

The Northern Lakes are dominated by Ullswater - only 20 minutes from the hotel - and Haweswater, and this area is renowned for its breathtaking scenery. There are so many lovely villages to see, such as Dacre, Watermillock and Patterdale. At Martindale, on Ullswater's eastern shore, you may see the last herd of wild red deer in England. Or take a cruise on the Ullswater Steamers from Pooley Bridge to Glenridding and enjoy the views of mountains reflected in the lake, with Helvellyn as an impressive backdrop. Brougham and Lowther Castles can both be seen from the Roundthorn and provide an interesting historic encounter, as does Hadrian's Wall, a short journey to the north. The ruins of Pendragon Castle, by Mallerstang to the east, are connected to Arthurian legend. The castle was built by Uther Pendragon who was reputed to be the legendary King Arthur's father. If Neolithic stone circles are more to your taste, Long Meg and her Daughters, near Little Salkeld, is one of England's largest.

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