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Things to do and places to go

When you hear the word 'Cumbria', what do you imagine?

Someone canoeing on an idyllic lake or running up the side of a fell? Accurate for some, yes, but there's so much more on offer.

Do you prefer watching an arthouse film, eating in a fine restaurant, mooching around a historic landmark, or throwing your hands in the air at a festival? That's ok, too.

You don't have to be an outdoor enthusiast to enjoy Cumbria.

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A breath of fresh air

Do you prefer fell running to festivals? Well, there’s plenty to excite outdoor enthusiasts in the region, including The Lakesman triathlon.

The Lake District offers the best natural outdoor terrain in the UK for outdoors and adventure activities. As well as the fells and lakes - the highest mountain and deepest lake in the UK no less - the Lake District is home to climbing centres, underground tunnels and treetop treks so you can make the most of living close to the beautiful National Park.

Read more about Cumbria's outdoor activities

The Lakesman triathlon

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Life in South Cumbria is beyond Tessa’s ‘wildest dreams’

"There is so much that goes on in the community that you wouldn't know about superficially; community things like community choirs, we went to a ceilidh the other night too, and there is so much that you wouldn't know about unless you live here and can dig below the surface."

Read Tessa's story

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