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The Lake District truly was as beautiful as I had heard. I spent so much time reading English literature, particularly poetry, and it was quite a thrill to be in the place that inspired so much creativity and beautiful works of poetry. It is definitely a must to reserve hotel rooms. I got really lucky, as usual, and found rooms on the fly. I travel by the seat of my pants, I really like that style of travel, which is why I always rent a car. So, as I never really do much planning, and my choice of the next destination is often a last-minute thing, I usually just show up at the hotel with my fingers crossed. However, now that I now how things work in England, I would definitely try to made a few reservations here and there :) Unlike in N America, places in England, like The Lakes, aren't really set up for private 'vehicle sight-seeing.' In N America, we're used to seeing specific places that are designed for cars to pull over at the side of the road as 'look-out' points, or areas designed for people to be able to get out of their cars, temporarily, for those panoramic 'money shots.' Not so, as far as I could see, in England. Obviously, there are places along the road where cars can stop, but for the real great shots, you have to park your car and walk. Parking can be scarce and expensive.
In The Lakes, as in most places in England, you know you're in a place that's been around for a while. There is a quiet sort of dignity there. From what I could see, it's probably just easier to find a parking spot and do a tour with a private company, or do what I did and pay a taxi driver to take you to specific places that you're interested in. I paid a driver £30/hr.