#FindYourEscape: Commercial flights to the writers' haven of England's Lake District will start in June

2018-01-24 19:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - It is now easier for literary enthusiasts to get to the poetically famous Lake District in England.

The Carlisle Lake District Airport, owned by the Stobart Group, announced that it will start welcoming commercial flights from 4 June. No details on the airlines or times have been provided yet, but the flights will definitely be flying from London, Belfast and Dublin, reports The Telegraph.

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Until now the airport has been servicing private flights, although there had been several attempts to launch commercial routes to the airport, but none were successful.

The new attempt comes after the Lake District National Park saw a big boost in tourism after being awarded a World Heritage Site status, the first UK national park to receive this honor. Famous for inspiring famous writers like William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge, John Ruskin and creator of Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter, it is also known as a natural beauty with mountains mirrored in its massive lakes and a traditional pastoral history that's shaped the landscape.

At the moment the closest airport is 90 minutes away in Manchester, and with tourist numbers of 18 million a year, combined with the UNESCO label, the commercial flights may finally see success this time around.

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If you ever make your way to England's writing haven, there are many literary attractions that will transport you to the time when Wordsworth composed his famous Daffodils poem.

You can feel his presence in his famous Dove Cottage, open to guide tours and next to a museum dedicated to his life. You can even stroll the garden he made with his beloved sister.

Potter's influence is peppered throughout the area, and visitors can bask in her inspiration at Hill Top Farm, which once belonged to the famous writer but is now owned by the National Trust.

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The park also boasts many hikes and trails. You can get lost on the shores of Windermere or even rent a boat to wile away the summer days.

You can also drink your worries away at a traditional English pub, like this historic 16th century inn.

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