Cumbria is a county of England in the northwest of the country, bordering Scotland (north), the counties of Northumberland, County Durham (east), North Yorkshire (southeast), Lancashire (south), and bathed by the Irish Sea (west). Cumbria’s capital is Carlisle, an ancient city with Carlisle castle a main attraction, and home to Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life. The Settle to Carlisle Railway is a famed scenic railway in England, with views to the nature areas of the North Pennines, Eden Valley and Yorkshire Dales. In Cumbria you will find the wonderful Lake District National Park with lakes, mountains and forests whose scenery inspired writers who lived here – known as the Lake Poets, part of the Romantic Movement. On the beautiful shores of the lake Derwentwater you will find beautiful market towns such as Lodore Falls, Keswick and Portinscale.
Population: approximately 500 thousand inhabitants
Other major cities: Barrow-in-Furness
Main attractions: City of Carlisle, Lake District National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site), parts of Yorkshire Dales National Park , Eden Valley, the North Pennines Area of Outstanding natural Beauty (AONB), and of Hadrian’s Wall, Castlerigg stone circle, Wray Castle, Carlisle Castle, Penrith Castle, the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Hill Top (Beatrix Potter 17th-century house)
Nearest Airports: Manchester Airport (MAN), Newcastle Airport (NCL), Glasgow Airport (GLA), Liverpool Airport (LPL)
From the last three airports you are within easy driving distance of Cumbria in your hired car while from Manchester airport you have a direct train line to the county.