hiking England's Lake District
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Gay Travel Guide to England’s Lake District

When eager travelers emerge from isolating lockdowns, nature, fresh air and wide-open space will be in premium demand. The pristine beauty that inspired the Romantic poetry of William Wordsworth, the landscape paintings of J.M.W. Turner and the beloved children’s stories of Beatrix Potter will be steering a new generation toward England’s Lake District–just a five-hour drive from London and a two-hour drive from Manchester.

Home to Lake District National Park, the country’s largest, the Lake District contains 16 lakes and a collection of smaller waterways. Nestled in the county of Cumbria, the region boasts Scafell Pike (England’s highest peak), six national nature reserves and about 400 towns of varying sizes—all within 912 square miles of stunning countryside. In 2017, the English Lake District gained UNESCO World Heritage status for its Outstanding Universal Values of “Identity, Inspiration and Conservation.”

Read more about the Lake District and its offerings for the LGBTQ+ traveler in my article for EDGE Media Network.

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