Whitby, North YorkshireWatch
There is not! It depends on your interests but there's sooo much to do in the Lakes, especially if you enjoy watersports/walking/visiting historical sites/literature/gingerbread
Not keen on watersports but we like walking (except my sister) and i love gingerbread! Lol. I'm sure we'd find something then. I like just visiting towns but my sister moans her head off.
Plenty of nice towns to visit and the Lakes is probably the best walking area in Europe.
and has great fish and chips AND the lucky duck shop
You'll have to visit Fountain's Abbey if you go there, a very beautiful place (near Harrogate, which is a fair drive from Whitby).
*shudders* Oh the memories of Year 10 History coursework....
My mum's from Whitby. It's a small fishing villiage in a very steep cleft in the coastline. basically one side of the harbour has lots of little shops selling jet (black polished stone made popular by Queen Victoria. good for mourning!), sweets (nougat pyramids!), rock, glass (the infamous lucky duck shop makes all sorts of glass things and you can watch them being made.) and fossils. You can get your own fossils from the beach though! One this side there is a disused abbey, but you have to climb lots of steps to get to it. Dracula crawls up the cliff here.
On the other side of the harbour are all the normal shops like Woolies, the station, dozens of fish and chip shops, the fish market and lost of tacky amusement places. The Dracula experience which I already mentioned. Plus the jaw bones of a whale made into an arch so you can stand inside and have your photo taken!
The place where Heartbeat was set is called Goathland. You've also seen it as Hogsmead station in the first Harry Potter film. The North York Moors railway stops there.
The place you are considering at Windermere wouldn't be Bowness would it? that's the one place in the Lake District I'd avoid. i've heard it described as the 'Blackpool of the lakes'. Insanely crowded by tourists and a bit tacky. Even if you don't like watersports you will probably enjoy crossing the lake on the ferry. Lakeside and Ambleside are both really nice places to visit/stay. The thing about the lakes is, all that water comes from rain......
It is a nice place, maybe not to study but to wander around aimlessly.