Everyone knows the Lake District is a stunning setting of lovely landscapes, rolling hills and beautiful views. But not everyone knows these 10 weird, wacky and wonderful facts about the Lakes.
Test your knowledge to see how many you know, and if we’ve missed any, please do drop us a line and tell us! We love to discover more fun facts about the Lake District that we can share with visitors to Lake House.
- Windermere is possibly the most famous body of water in the Lake District, and at 11.2 miles, it is also the longest in England.
- Wastwater is the deepest body of water in England, at 74 metres. It also has no aquatic life, not even bacteria!
- The Lake District is home to the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike (3,210ft). It is estimated that the mountain was formed more than 450 million years ago, and on a clear day you can see other peaks in Wales, Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.
- The Lake District is populated by a huge number of sheep. The Herdwick breed is known for being hardy and strong in tough weather conditions. A fun fact is that Beatrix Potter played a large part in the conservation of Herdwick Sheep - she was involved with keeping and breeding Herdwicks, and was even president of the breed association!
- Speaking of Beatrix Potter, she was of course inspired by much of the Lake District’s wildlife for her stories, including the famous Peter Rabbit. But did you know she bought her house, Hill Top cottage in Ambleside, with the profits of her first book?
- The Lake District also inspired poet William Wordsworth. Wordsworth’s most famous work is probably Daffodils, but in 1810 William Wordsworth published Guide to Lakes. Amazingly, the famous romantic poet only wrote the travellers’ guidebook because he needed the money!
- There are approximately 14,560 archaeological sites and monuments. These include remains of homes from the Bronze Age, ruins of an Abbey built in 1200 and some rock carvings that are believed to be up to 6,000 years old.
- The Lake District National Park covers 2,292 square kilometres (or 885 square miles). It’s also home to England’s wettest inhabited place - Seathwaite sees approximately 140 inches of rainfall each year, a whopping 356 centimetres!
- It has had national park status since 1951. Until the 19th Century, areas such as Lake District were seen as dangerous - until the romantic poets discovered its beauty and inspiration.
- More than a quarter of the UK’s population visits each year - that’s approximately 17 million visitors annually, and just over a quarter of the UK’s total population of around 65 million people.
If you want to discover some of the weird, wacky and wonderful facts about the Lakes for yourself, why not plan a trip to visit? If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, we’re perfectly placed in Ambleside. Take a look at our offers and packages available.