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Cumbria is a vast region, containing some of the UK's most iconic areas of natural beauty. The Lake District is a huge area of national park, with the largest in the country, and is a favourite among visitors and locals for its excellent hiking and climbing opportunities, as well as its 16 lakes. The Eden Valley also lies in this area; a stunning river and valley running between Appleby and Carlisle. The Northern Pennines and the north-western part of the Yorkshire Dales can also be found in the area.
The region is also home to the city of Carlisle, making Cumbria ideal for city breaks in the North West.
A wide selection of hostels is available in Cumbria for holidaymakers and travellers, whether you're heading to the area with friends, family or even solo. From the rural retreat of our Black Sail hostel to the activity-packed surrounding area of YHA Elterwater, there's something for all nature-lovers in Cumbria.
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Five Free Things To Do In Cumbria
Built by the Romans in the second century, Hadrian's Wall stretches for 87 miles across Cumbria and beyond, featuring forts, museums and even a small temple.
Windermere Lake is the largest natural lake in England, with scenery that makes its shoreline ideal for walking and picnicking in the summer months.
Explore the Lake District
To see more of the Lake District, hire a bicycle and make your way along one of the many bridleways networked across the countryside, such as the Keswick Railway Path.
The valley around the River Eden features a number of stunning natural formations and sights, like the fascinating Lacy's Caves, as well as some man-made structures such as the intriguing Eden Benchmarks collection of sculptures.
For a day of history and discovery head to Carlisle, Cumbria's only city, home to a beautiful 10th century cathedral and the fortress-like Carlisle Castle.