Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondWelcome to Great Britain and the best of British countryside. This landscape is incredibly varied, from the sweeping coastlines to the rolling hills and majestic mountains. And with a mild climate and plenty of rain, this really is a green and pleasant land that I'm about to explore.

Skip to 0 minutes and 28 secondsThere are 15 national parks in Great Britain. And one of the most beautiful is here in the Lake District.

Skip to 0 minutes and 39 secondsIt's the second largest national park in Britain and is full of scenic mountains and picturesque lakes.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsIn the heart of the Lake District is Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England. It's over 18 kilometres long and around 66 metres deep. So it's fairly easy to find.

Skip to 1 minute and 6 secondsThis area is said to be one of the most beautiful in Great Britain. In the past, boats transported slate, timber, and wool across the lake. And fishing was really important here. [BIRDS SQUAWKING] Hiya, one ticket for the Windermere Lake Cruise, please. Hello, Jacqui. Hello, Richard. Jacqui O'Connor of Lake Windermere Cruises is giving me a private tour of the lake.

Skip to 1 minute and 40 secondsJacqui, this is lovely. How many people choose to see the lakes like this every year? Richard, we carry, on average, 1.35 million passengers a year on our boats. And why do you think so many people find this area appealing? Oh, I think, basically, all you have to do, Richard, is just look around you. Look at this absolutely stunning scenery. It's absolutely beautiful. They come to get away, to enjoy the peace and tranquillity, to come to have a look at the nature. It's also Windermere Lake Cruises is one of the top tourist attractions in the Northwest of England. So when you come to this area, to come and cruise on the lake is definitely-- it must be done.

Skip to 2 minutes and 22 secondsAnd you obviously love coming out here and love being part of all of this. I do. It's fantastic. It's just a beautiful area to live, really nice. It's very lovely, friendly, peaceful. It's great.

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