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Lonely Planet's Top 5 UK Lake District Greendexes Unveiled

A new guidebook has been published by Lonely Planet, focusing on the English lakes. “Nowhere in the nation packs such an instant panoramic punch”, says Lonely Planet “but the Lake District is much more than just grand views. It’s a historic textbook, a rural heartland, a foodie heaven, an outdoor playground and a literary landmark all rolled into one, offering a unique experience for every visitor.”

Author Oliver Berry says “With more people visiting, this will pile the pressure on the park and increases the risk of damage to the environment. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go; Cumbria has started some exciting eco-friendly initiatives with local businesses and educating visitors on how to look after the Lake District.”

In 1993, the fragile Lakeland environment was designated an Environmentally Sensitive Area and has in many ways set the course for the rest of the nation to follow. Getting to grips with your ‘green’ side is easy in the Lake District as this book covers all aspects of enjoying the natural splendour of the Lake District using the Greendex section which recommends the most environmentally friendly eating, sleeping, drinking and transport options.

But it’s not all fells, forces and Cumberland sausages; if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, Lonely Planet’s The Lake District shares the secrets of quirky Cumbria such as the tizzie-wizzie which is a creature said to have the body of a hedgehog, tail of a squirrel and the wings of a bee; or the unidentified underwater creature sighted in Windermere, dubbed Bownessie. away.

, but in a world facing up to climate change, spiralling pollution and dwindling resources, it’s vitally important everyone keeps up the good work. Here’s Lonely Planet’s list of the top eco-minded places to stay in the Lake District:

 STAY Moss Grove Hotel - Organic: Eco-conscious principles and a razor-sharp approach to design combine at one of Grasmere’s trendiest hideaways with organic wall paint, sheep’s wool insulation and fair-trade local food. Hard to fault.

 STAY 4 Winds Lakeland Tipis: Ever wanted to do like the Sioux and live in a real-life wigwam? Well this is your lucky day - 4 Winds offers seven authentic Native America Tipis (admittedly made in Scotland) sleeping two to six.

 EAT George & Dragon: Set in the village of Clifton, George & Dragon is gorgeously refurbished with reclaimed furniture and sources its produce straight from the estate’s organic farm.

 EAT Howbarrow Organic Farm: Gone gaga for the good life? Then don’t leave Cartmel without visiting this 100% organic farm, renowned for its seasonal fruit and veg boxes, all grown with loving pesticide-free care on the surrounding fields.

 DO Watermill: The Watermill in Little Salkeld is one of the last remaining mills in England powered in the time-honoured fashion using two waterwheels. You can see the wheels in action on a mill tour before picking up organic cakes.



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