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The National Trust in the Lake District

The National Trust are a name synonymous with stunning tourist attractions across the UK, and the Lake District National Park is no exception. There are 20 National Trust sites in and around the Lake District, so members, or non members, can have a great time exploring the houses, castles and expanses of stunning landscapes that are maintained by the National Trust for us all to enjoy.

Wray Castle is located in Ambleside and sits right on the edge of Lake Windermere. This mock Gothic castle comes complete with towers, turrets and natural, informal grounds. This is not your typical National Trust property filled with furniture, antiques and paintings portraying the history of the family who owns it, Wray Castle is a tired and fascinating building that hints at the grandeur it once enjoyed.

William Wordsworth will forever be associated with the Lake District, and his childhood home in the town of Cockermouth is one of the most visited National Trust properties in the area. This stunning Georgian town house was where William and his sister Dorothy shared their childhood adventures, and visiting Wordsworth House and garden is like stepping back in time to the 1770’s as every item is sympathetic of this time.

For those who prefer to do their sightseeing out of doors then you are spoilt for choice. Great Langdale with its soaring pikes is a vast adventure playground of craggy summits and rugged slopes. This valley is a glaciated, meandering space that will appeal to both the hardiest of enthusiasts and the complete novice.

It is also home to the only NT run pub, the Sticklebarn, where you can sit in front of a crackling fire with the best local food and ales. They run it themselves to ensure that visitors get the kind of produce and hospitality that the National Trust is renowned for.

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