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Win­der­mere edges in just be­hind Ch­ester Zoo as one of the UK’S prin­ci­pal vis­i­tor des­ti­na­tions, while Liver­pool is among the top 10 most vis­ited cities. The North-west also boasts im­por­tant in­dus­trial her­itage – one of Britain’s busiest ports – and breath­tak­ing scenery at­tract­ing vis­i­tors from all over the world. The stun­ning, ac­claimed Lake District is part of the var­ied land­scapes of Cum­bria, which takes in Hadrian’s Wall, the Eden Val­ley and the North Pen­nines – you’ve got to love trekking in the wild, but if pulling on walk­ing boots is not for you, the area is strewn with his­toric houses and gar­dens. Win­der­mere is Eng­land’s largest lake at 10.5 miles long and 219 feet deep. The Brock­hole Vis­i­tor Cen­tre is on its shores, where fam­i­lies will find plenty to keep them busy. If you don’t want to scale the fells, try the walk in the Lang­dale Val­ley from El­ter­wa­ter to Skel­with Bridge, or take a tour of Con­is­ton Water on the Vic­to­rian Steam Yacht Gon­dola. Visit the Lake­land Mo­tor Mu­seum to see the Camp­bell Blue­bird Ex­hi­bi­tion, and mag­nif­i­cent Holker Hall and gar­dens near the me­dieval vil­lage of Cart­mel. In the vil­lage, seek out the Vil­lage Shop and try its fa­mous sticky tof­fee pud­ding. Cart­mel

On the water­front

even has its own race­course. And don’t for­get Cum­bria’s coast, where lo­cal mu­se­ums and her­itage cen­tres tell the story of its in­dus­trial past, while its fine beaches at­tract vis­i­tors to Seas­cale, St Bees, Al­lonby and Sil­loth. Head to Liver­pool for a close-up view of quay­side gi­ants – the vis­it­ing cruise ships – from its World Her­itage Site water­front. Visit a real U-boat at the Wood­side Ferry Ter­mi­nal and the Mersey­side Mar­itime Mu­seum at Al­bert Dock. Don’t for­get its mu­si­cal her­itage and two cathe­drals. Delve into Lan­cashire’s past with ‘A his­tory of Lan­cashire in 70 ob­jects’ (­pje), a guide com­piled by lo­cal peo­ple. It’s a fun way to dis­cover what makes this fas­ci­nat­ing county tick. More­cambe Bay stretches from the south-west coast of Cum­bria to Fleet­wood in Lan­cashire, tak­ing in the coastal towns of Grange-over-sands, More­cambe and Heysham. Far­ther along is the queen of sea­side re­sorts, Black­pool – visit be­tween 31 Au­gust and 4 Novem­ber if you want to see the fa­mous Il­lu­mi­na­tions, but there’s plenty to keep you en­ter­tained there all year round.

■ Turn to p39 of the Top 100 guide for site info

CLOCK­WISE FROM LEFT Black­pool’s Il­lu­mi­na­tions are turned on at the end of Au­gust. Cart­mel, home of the sticky tof­fee pud­ding. Pier Cot­tage camp­site is home to the Steam Yacht Gon­dola

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