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Skip to 0 minutes and 28 seconds RICHARD: There are 15 national parks in Great Britain, and one of the most beautiful is here in the Lake District. It’s the second largest national park in Britain and is full of scenic mountains and picturesque lakes.

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 seconds In the heart of the Lake District is Lake Windermere - the largest natural lake in England. It’s over 18km long and around 66m deep - so it’s fairly easy to find! This 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. Hiya. One ticket for the Windermere Lake cruise, please.

Skip to 1 minute and 25 seconds RICHARD: Hello, Jacqui.

Skip to 1 minute and 26 seconds JACQUI: Hello, Richard.

Skip to 1 minute and 27 seconds RICHARD: Jacqui O’Connor of Lake Windermere Cruises is giving me a private tour of the lake. Jacqui, this is lovely. How many people choose to see the lakes like this every year?

Skip to 1 minute and 44 seconds JACQUI: Richard, we carry on average 1.35 million passengers on our boats.

Skip to 1 minute and 49 seconds RICHARD: And why do you think so many people find this area appealing?

Skip to 1 minute and 53 seconds JACQUI: Oh, I think basically all you have to do is to look around you. Look at this absolutely stunning scenery. It’s absolutely beautiful. They come to get away, to enjoy peace and tranquility, to come to have a look at the nature. It’s also, Windermere Lake Cruises is one of the top tourist attractions in the north-west of England so when you come to this area, come and cruise on the lake, definitely - it must be done!

Skip to 2 minutes and 18 seconds RICHARD: And you obviously love coming out here and love being part of all of this?

Skip to 2 minutes and 25 seconds JACQUI: I do. It’s fantastic. It’s just a beautiful area to live. Really nice, lovely, friendly, peaceful. It’s great.

A visit to the Lake District

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