Our guide to luxury holidays in Cumbria

A tapestry of poetic lakes, lofty peaks, and ancient valleys; if the great outdoors is calling, Cumbria is the answer. Cover every corner of this coveted county with the Unique guide to luxury holidays in Cumbria.

"Cumbria is a symphony of nature, a chorus of tranquillity, and a canvas of dreams,” wrote the naturalist writer, John Muir. Every season in this craggy county is as thumb-stopping as the next; where storybook villages mark calendar events with gusto, bunting is strewn between storefronts come summer, and ivy wreaths adorn the doors each winter. Whether tracing the footsteps of literary giants Wordsworth or Coleridge, or forging your own path off-piste, let our guide to luxury holidays in Cumbria — with its insider tips on what to see, do, and where to refuel — be the prelude.

Nature takes centre stage in Cumbria, and the Lake District is its crowning jewel. A landscape cast in verse and brushstrokes, it's home to iconic fells — such as Helvellyn, Catbells, and England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike — and the waters of Ullswater, Windermere, and Derwentwater. Embark on a journey aboard the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway (affectionately known as the "La'al Ratty”), walk the ancient ruins of Hadrian's Wall, or visit in the spring to swim, dance, and sample at the Keswick Mountain Festival. However you choose to fill your days in Cumbria, wild things are always on the agenda.