Simply Skiddaw, Sandra Hugill
North West England is a vast area of England, though it has few counties. A huge chunk is taken up by the gorgeous Lake District, which spans Cumbria and surrounding counties. It also homes England’s largest lakes and highest mountains and is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations. Take some Kendal Mint Cake! Tourists can pay in Lake District Pounds.
Cumbria is home to the city of Carlisle, with its historic railway station used in the wonderful Noel Coward film Brief Encounter. Many people visit here, just to find the place where the iconic scenes were filmed. The whole of the northwest is home to a chain of locally-owned supermarkets. Booths (often named ‘the Waitrose of the North’) is not all organic and green, but it is locally-owned and does a lot to keep local food in the community.
Cheshire may be known by the mass media as being home to rich footballers and their wives. But in fact, apart from the beautiful medieval city of Chester, most of the county is rural, with many gorgeous walking routes including Sandstone Trail and The Gritstone Trail. On a clear day, you can see several other counties.
Merseyside incorporates the two major areas of Liverpool and Warrington, and both are very near the sea, facing over to Ireland (where many people immigrated from, hence the high Irish population). Lancashire is the other big county here, home to the major city of Manchester. All these areas have a strong creative vibe, which is why it has produced everything from The Beatles to Oasis to Coronation Street!