The Lake District is a treasure trove of history, as well as one of the most beautiful locations to visit in the world. Staying at the heart of this region means that you're perfectly situated to access some of the finest lesser-known sites of ancient history in Britain. Here is a brief overview of a few of the places you can reach from a B and B in Windermere.
The stone fortifications of the Roman fort Galava were built on the north bank of Lake Windermere in the 2nd century AD. Today, you can easily visit them from Ambleside, where the foundations of the main buildings still remain. Alternatively, a 9 mile journey east will bring you to the Hardknott Roman fort, once known as Mediobogdum. Here you'll find more ruins from Emperor Hadrian's time, including the foundations of a garrison headquarters building and a commandant's house. Travelling a little further afield to Ravenglass offers the chance to visit the bath houses of the Roman fort Glanaventa, which was once home to over 1,000 soldiers, and remains one of the largest standing Roman structures in the UK.
Ancient British sites
Just east of Keswick, you can find one of the oldest, and perhaps most dramatically situated, of Britain's ancient wonders. Castlerigg stone circle was erected some time during the Neolithic period, and is surrounded by spectacular views of High Seat and Helvellyn.
For a great way to see these attractions, and many more, stay with us here at Hawksmoor Lakeland Guest House in bowness, Windermere.
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