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10 Facts About the English Lake District

Haweswater, Lake District

The most famous poem in the English language, I wandered lonely as a Cloud, was composed in 1804, two years after William Wordsworth saw the daffodils along the shore of Ullswater while walking with his sister, Dorothy.

The English Lake District is beautiful enough to make anyone want to wax lyrical, and while we haven't written a poem about it, we have compiled 10 facts about the English Lake District.

1) The Lake District is the wettest region in the UK

With more rainfall even than notoriously drizzly Scotland. Each year, an average of 130 inches of rain falls on Borrowdale in the Lake District.

2) The Lake District is home to the highest mountain in England

Scafell Pike. Standing at 978 metres above sea level, is the highest mountain in England and the third highest in the UK after Mount Snowdon in Wales and Ben Nevis in England.

3) The longest lake in England is in the Lake District

Lake Windermere, a long, narrow body of water stretches over 11 miles!

4) The deepest lake in England is also in the Lake District

Wastwater in Wasdale is nearly 80 metres deep!

5) 19.17 million visitors a year visit the Lake District

This throng of natural beauty junkies composed of hikers, photographers, day-trippers and extreme sports enthusiasts spend an average of £1.41 billion each year while visiting the Lake District.

6) Pencils Were Invented in the Lake District

The graphite mine at Seathwaite provided the natural resource required to make the very first pencil. The history of this humble item of stationery is mapped out at the Pencil Museum in Keswick.

7) Woodland covers 12 percent of the Lake District National Park

Around 28,500 hectares of the National Park are covered in forests, woods and copses. Some of these woodlands are extremely old and home to much of Britain's wildlife.

8) The Lake District was designated an official National Park in 1951

9) It's not just Beatrix Potter animals who inhabit the Lake District - the National Park has a sizeable human population too

According to the 2011 Census, 41,100 people live within the boundaries of the Lake District National Park.

10) The Lake District is a treasure trove of cultural relics

There are 16,510 archaeological sites, including 283 ancient monuments and 1779 listed buildings and structures.

Bonus: Inspirational Quotes Posters

The English Lake District hosts some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK. It has inspired countless artists, poets and writers. With our inspirational quotes posters we too hope to inspire people to be creative and adventurous. Check out our Inspirational Quotes Collection and let us know what you think!

 

 

 

 

 

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