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Discover the Enchanting Lake District

Adventure Awaits!

Welcome to the Lake District, a mesmerising destination known for its breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and endless adventure activities. Covering an impressive 2,292km², the Lake District stands as the second largest national park in the UK, following only the expansive Cairngorms, which spans 4,528km². Whether you’re a history buff, a nature enthusiast, or an adventure seeker, the Lake District has something to offer everyone. Here are ten captivating facts that make this region a must visit for any lover of adventure activities.

A historical haven since 1951

The Lake District has held the esteemed status of a national park since 1951, a testament to its exceptional beauty and cultural significance. Surprisingly, areas like the Lake District were once deemed perilous until the 19th-century Romantic poets, such as William Wordsworth, showcased their allure. It was on the 13th of August in that year that the Lake District was formally recognised as a national park, paving the way for future conservation endeavours.

Home to England’s highest peak

Adventure enthusiasts, rejoice! The Lake District is home to Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. This majestic peak was formed over 450 million years ago. On a clear day, climbers are rewarded with breathtaking views of peaks in Wales, Ireland, Scotland, and even the Isle of Man.

The largest natural lake: Lake Windermere 

Windermere, England’s largest natural lake, stretches a remarkable 11 miles long and features 18 charming wooded islands. Among these, Belle Island stands out, boasting historical remnants dating back to Roman times, adding a touch of mystery and allure to your adventure activities.

Dive into the depths of Wast Water

For those fond of aquatic adventure activities, Wast Water is a must-see destination. Plunging to depths of 80m and spanning 3 miles, it holds the title of the deepest lake in the area. In 2012, it gained national attention due to the whimsical sight of underwater gnomes placed by divers. Whether you’re diving or simply soaking in the serene views, Wast Water promises wonders aplenty.

The unique Bassenthwaite Lake

Interestingly, Bassenthwaite Lake is the only official ‘lake’ in the Lake District, as the other bodies of water are known as ‘waters’, ‘meres’, or ‘tarns’. This unique naming convention adds a special charm to the region.

Wordsworth’s literary legacy

In 1810, the famous Romantic poet William Wordsworth published “Guide to the Lakes”. This travellers’ guidebook was penned out of financial necessity and was initially published anonymously. Today, it stands as a testament to Wordsworth’s deep connection to the Lake District.

Archaeological treasures abound

The Lake District is a veritable treasure trove of archaeological sites and monuments, boasting an impressive 14,560 locations of historical significance. From Bronze Age dwellings to the remnants of a 12th-century Abbey and rock carvings dating back 6,000 years, history enthusiasts will find plenty of adventure activities to delve into.

Beatrix Potter and Herdwick sheep

Beloved children’s author Beatrix Potter played a crucial role in the conservation of Herdwick Sheep, a breed native to the Lake District. Potter was actively involved in keeping and breeding these sheep and even served as president of their breed association.

Hardknott Roman Fort: A glimpse into the past

Adventure into the past with a visit to Hardknott Roman Fort, the best-preserved Roman fort in the UK. Established in the second century AD under Emperor Hadrian, this small 3-acre fort offered shelter to patrols and travelers. It’s a fascinating site that brings Roman history to life.

Adventure awaits in every corner

With its diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage, the Lake District presents endless opportunities for adventure, and our rock and water activities are a perfect way to experience just a few. Whether you’re paddle boarding on Derwentwater, abseiling in the Borrowdale Valley, or taking on one of our ghyll scrambles, there’s always a new discovery waiting for you!

So, pack your bags and make memories by joining us on an unforgettable adventure in the Lake District. With its stunning natural beauty and captivating history, it’s the perfect destination for those seeking both relaxation and excitement.