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The villages of the central Lake District are the most popular spots on the tourist circuit.

Grasmere’s combination of traditional slate buildings, a 13th century church, beautiful lakeside setting and many literary connections, most famously as the home of William Wordsworth, are a draw for many.

This does mean that it can get over-run with coach tours during summer so visit out of season or escape the crowds by heading out on one of the many good walks that start from the village or hopping into a rowing boat on the peaceful lake.

Hawkshead’s winding lanes, whitewashed cottages and Beatrix Potter connections make it another popular spot, while more low-key Coniston is the place for a peaceful Gondola ride on the lake, a visit to the home of Victorian philosopher John Ruskin or an attempt to reach the summit of the Old Man of Coniston, which looms over the village.

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