Cumbria is a largely rural county, and encompasses the Lake District — as such, it is considered one of the most beautiful regions in the United Kingdom. Grand views of lakes, valleys, woodlands, and fells are only emphasised by the dramatic weather, which locals will tell you often covers all four seasons in a day. The largest town is Carlisle, but it is the area’s outstanding natural beauty that has served as inspiration for artists and writers for centuries. Historic sites, many relating to conflicts between England and Scotland, are in abundance here too. Because the area is rural, schools tend to be small and perform well. Cumbria is well-connected by train, however, so even if you do trade in a busy life in London for the rural idyll of Cumbria, you won’t be isolated — just insulated.