A year of celebrations is the key theme behind the 2018 Holiday Guide to the Lake District, launched this week by Cumbria Tourism.
Marking the county’s two World Heritage statuses, the 100 -page guide celebrates the very best of what the county has to offer, from award winning places to stay, eat and visit.
Showcasing the whole of the county, from Carlisle to Morecambe Bay, Whitehaven to the Eden Valley and everything in between, the guide offers a handy top 5 lists of surprising places to visit and things to see and do as well as personal insights from top chefs, award winning tourism business owners and celebrities including Eric Robson and comedian Ed Byrne.
Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, Gill Haigh, said: “This year - and with two World Heritage sites - Cumbria now has an even more compelling reason to attract visitors to explore our stunning county as an all-year-round visitor destination.
"In 2018 we have so much to celebrate as a destination from multi-million-pound investment in accommodation and visitor experience offer, ever-growing exceptional food and drink offer combined with heritage and cultural events, such as English Heritage’s hosting of the Weeping Window poppy sculpture at Carlisle Castle, which all contribute to the marking of our World Heritage Status.
"If ever there was a year to visit Cumbria 2018 is the time.”
This year’s front cover image was chosen through a highly successful online #theplacetobe competition where fans of the area were invited to share their favourite image through 'The Lake District, Cumbria' Facebook page.
The competition generated hundreds of entries capturing the true beauty of the area. However, it was Dave Brown’s image of Friars Cragg at Derwentwater in Keswick that made the short list before coming out on top in the public vote.
Dave said: "I am delighted that my photograph has been selected for the front cover of this year’s holiday guide.
"Cumbria has allowed myself and my disabled wife to take the time to recharge and get out and about amongst beautiful relaxing scenery.
"Being mobility scooter bound means my wife is restricted to where she can get to see, this was one of our very first walks together and as such will always have a big place in our hearts.”
Copies of the guide can be downloaded direct from here or by calling Cumbria Tourism on 01539 822222.