Five fascinating facts about the Lake District
The Lake District is one of the most stunning places in the UK, from spectacular panoramic views from the hilltops to mountain tarns and magnificent lakes it is no wonder 15 million people come to explore the region’s fells and countryside each year! Here are some fascinating facts about the Lake District:
1. The Lake District has been a huge influence on some of the country’s best-known writers. Ever since the late eighteenth and nineteenth-century romantic poets have been drawn to the Lake District, in particular, William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge, Thomas de Quincey, and John Ruskin, all of who were truly inspired by the stunning views and the tranquillity. However these romantic poets were not alone, many children’s authors have also drawn inspiration from the landscape, such as the much loved Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransome – the creator of Postman Pat. But the list doesn’t stop there, the Lake District has touched the heart of so many people and it’s not hard to understand why.
2. The Lake District is home to the longest lake in England, Lake Windermere. It stretches over 11 miles and you can enjoy some wonderful cruises on it from Bowness to Ambleside to Lakeside and the cruises even stop at Wray Castle and Brockhole. A hidden gem also lies at the northern end of the Lake at Waterhead, where you can explore the Roman Fort of Galava which was built around AD79.
3. The Lake District is also home to the deepest lake in England, Wastwater. Wastwater is situated in the Wasdale Valley and is 3 miles long, half a mile wide and 260 feet deep! As you can see from the picture below Wastwater is definitely one of the most inspiring out of all the lakes due to being surrounded by Red Pike, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, and Scafell Pike
4. The Lake District is not only home to the largest and deepest lake in England but is also home to Scafell Pike which is the highest mountain in England standing at an impressive 978 meters above sea level. Scafell Pike draws people in from all over the UK, especially the keen walkers and hikers as it forms part of the famous Three Peaks Challenge.
5. Finally, our most recent fascinating fact is that The Lake District now holds the title UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Lake District has now joined iconic locations such as the Taj Mahal, The Great Barrier Reef, and the Grand Canyon, making it the only National Park in the UK to hold such status. Three key themes that underpinned the bid for the World Heritage Site status are the dramatic farmed landscape, inspiration – art and literature and love of the place.
Have we left you feeling in awe of the incredible Lake District?