The Lake District

The Lake District, also known as Lakeland or The English Lakes, is the largest National Park in England. It was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2017. Situated in the North West of England it boasts over 2000 square km’s of mountains, forests, lakes, beauty and adventure. The mountains (locally called ‘Fells’) are the highest in England and are capped of by the famous Scafell Pike at 3,209 ft. There are more than 150 high Fells to choose from, including the only four in England over 3,000 ft. There is plenty of water too with the park living up to its ‘Lakes’ or ‘Lakeland’ name with 16 large bodies of water. That said only one, Bassenthwaite Lake, uses the ‘lake’ element, (a good Pub quiz question). The rest use the term ‘water’ or the Viking term ‘mere’, such as Windermere.

The Lake District is certainly a place of leisure and adventure with many walks and activities to keep the visitors engaged. Did I mention visitors? Yes, a cool 15.8 million per year. That said, aside from the occasional traffic issue on the narrow lanes, I have never had any dramas getting about and doing things. I usually chose to camp but the Lakes offers a good range of accommodation to suit all needs.

Natural Inspiration

The Lake District has a natural beauty which has inspired many artists and poets. Famously both William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850) and Beatrix Potter (1866 – 1943) lived here. Wordsworth had lived in the Lake District as a child but later moved to Dove Cottage in Grasmere in 1799. Inspired by the daffodils on the shore of Ullswater he later wrote ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’.

Although Beatrix Potter was born in London her family were from Manchester. As a child she often holidayed in Perthshire, Scotland, and the Lake District. Beatrix moved to Hill Top Farm in Near Sawley in 1905 and she invested in the local community heavily. She left 4,000 acres of land and 14 farms to the National Trust upon her death.

The Lake District National Park website is here.