Did you know? Six fascinating facts about the Lake District
The Lake District National Park, with its stunning scenery and rich heritage, attracts 17 million visitors each year – that’s a quarter of the UK population. At Lakeside, with our spectacular views over Windermere to the rolling hills in the distance, we can understand why.
While many of them return year after year, here are a few more fascinating facts that they, and you, might not know.
Fact 1: It has the longest body of water in England
Our very own Windermere, is the longest body of water in England, measuring 11.2 miles from top to toe. It’s one of the reasons why it hosts the Great North Swim for all those intrepid open water swimmers.
Fact 2: the Lake District only has 1 lake
One for the pedants! Bassenthwaite Lake is the only official lake in the Lake District. All the other ‘lakes’ are either a ‘mere’, ‘water’ or, in the case of the smaller pools, a ‘tarn’.
Fact 3: Wastwater is deep enough to hide a stack of 16 London buses
Don’t drop anything heavy into Wastwater or you’re unlikely to see it again! With a maximum depth of 74m it’s the deepest body of water in England. That means you could stack 16 double decker buses one on top of the other and they still wouldn’t break the surface.
Lakeside is on the shores of England’s longest body of water
Walkers have more than 200 fell tops to choose from
Fact 4: There are more than 200 fell tops to choose from
Hill walkers and climbers are in their element in the Lake District. There are more than 200 fell tops in the Lake District, including England’s highest peak – Scafell Pike, a breath-taking 3,210 feet.
Fact 5: The Lake District inspired Peter Rabbit
Beatrix Potter took inspiration from the Lake District’s wildlife for her children’s books. She bought a house near Hawkshead with the profits of her first book. Hill Top Cottage is now a National Trust property.
Fact 6: The Lake District also has sand and sea!
While most people associate the Lake District with inland bodies of water, the region has also has 150miles or 240km of coastline. Stretching south from Solway Firth to Morecambe Bay, you’ll find everything from salt marshes to long sandy beaches, and a wealth of wildlife.