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Lake District voted most romantic place in the country

Honister Slate Mine, Lake District Credit: PA

The Lake District has been voted the most romantic destination in the UK, in a survey of 2000 people carried out by Hotels.com.

It was followed in second place by the Cotswolds, and London and Cornwall took the third and fourth spots.

At the other end of the scale, the least-romantic spots were: Slough, Birmingham, Scunthorpe, Hull, Bradford, Basingstoke, London, Crewe, Stockton on Tees and Blackpool.

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Private lake in Cumbria up for sale on Ebay

Esthwaite Water
Esthwaite Water Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A lake which inspired William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter is up for sale on eBay.

Esthwaite Water, the Lake District's largest privately-owned lake, is the first lake in the world to be sold on the internet auction site.

Esthwaite Water, which straddles the villages of Near Sawrey and Hawkshead, was described by author Potter as her "favourite lake" and the area now pays homage to the Peter Rabbit creator in the form of a licensed nature trail.

It also features in the Lyrical Ballads of poet Wordsworth.

The lake has a classified ad price on eBay of £300,000.

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