The Lake District

The Lake District

In 1820, William Wordsworth published his ‘Guide through the District of the Lakes’ which began a popular and ongoing movement to experience this extraordinary and beautiful part of the English countryside. Over 15 million people visit this area each year.

The Lake District, in the county of Cumbria, covers an area approximately 32 miles (51 km) from east to west and nearly 40 miles from north to south. It is the home of the adorable Herdwick sheep and a touchstone for poets and philosophers.

Here is a 5-minute Rick Steves’ video of the Lake District. Here’s a 5-minute BBC video about the Lake District and how it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

FunFacts about The Lake District: (Source

  • Basic information, quote: The Lake District, also known as the Lakes or Lakeland, is a mountainous region in North West England. A popular holiday destination, it is famous for its lakes, forests and mountains (or fells), and its associations with William Wordsworth and other Lake Poets and also with Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin. The National Park was established in 1951 and covers an area of 2,362 square kilometres. (Source)
  • The Lake District was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017.
  • Cumbria is the home of The Lake District.
  • The two largest lakes in England are in The Lake District: Wast Water and Windermere.
  • The Lake District National Park includes all of the central Lake District.
  • The Lake District is the most visited national park in the UK and sees 15.8 million visitors each year.
  • Most of the land in the park is privately owned.
  • The four largest towns of the Lake District are Keswick, Bowness-on-Windermere, Ambleside and Windermere.
  • Tourism is the largest industry in this area.
  • The Lake District has a unique shape, quote: The Lake District takes the form of a roughly circular upland massif deeply dissected by a broadly radial pattern of major valleys whose character is largely the product of repeated glaciations over the last 2 million years. (Source)
  • The mountains of The Lake District are also known as the Cumbrian Mountains.
  • Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England at 978 metres or 3,209 ft, is located in The Lake District.
  • William Wordsworth spent sixty of his eighty years among the lakes and mountains of The Lake District.
  • There are 19 major lakes and reservoirs in the Lake District.

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36 thoughts on “The Lake District

  1. The Lake District looks like a beautiful place to visit. It’d be nice to take a relaxing vacation there and see the sights!

  2. Enjoyed the pictures and videos! Enjoyed watching the shearing of the sheep-they do it so fast. There is so much beautiful scenery and it gives you such a restful feeling. AZ

  3. The scenery they’re absolutely sensational. If I was artist I would paint that first photo at the very top. The one with the mountains in the background it is stunning. This must be added to my bucket list which is growing longer thanks to your site.

  4. I LOVE the picture of the little stone cottage and the stone bridge. I never was able to go to England but these pictures are what I dream of when I think of the countries of Scotland, England, and Ireland. I could look at these lush rolling lands forever. They are green and beautiful and not like where I live. I live in NM and green doesn’t show up here.

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  6. Awesome pictures I am from Virginia. Would love to visit the lake center fronts and the stone bridges. Thanks for the chance

  7. I was there on a tour almost two years ago. The scenery is absolutely breath-taking. I wish that we could have stayed there longer, but our tour guide wasn’t very accommodating. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics, and I have some wonderful ones myself.

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