It is commonly said that few places can measure up to the Lake District in terms of sheer beauty. It is here that poets Wordsworth, Coleridge, and their Romantic counterparts found their muse. The landscape of the Lake District is as breathtaking as anything you will find in Switzerland or the French Alps. The Lake District is shaped in a rough star formation, with valleys, ridges, and lakes radiating out from the high ground at its center. The main bases are Keswick in the north and Windermere and Bowness in the south. Ambleside and Coniston are less hectic areas. Windermere is the biggest and busiest lake. You should be aware that power boats are banned on Grasmere Lake, Crummock Water, and Buttermere. There are more than 30 hostels available in the Lake District for all tastes and budgets. The National Park Authority also runs camping barns – also called “stone tents” – where you can set up your camping gear; tents are provided.