Why is the Lake District Famous?
Why is the Lake District Famous: The Lake District is the North West of England’s greatest natural attraction, packing what is surely the country’s most spectacular scenery into a National Park spanning just 40 miles by 30.
Compact, it may be, but this is the place to come for the highest mountains and the longest and deepest lakes in England.
And scenic beauty on this scale ensures that several million visitors are drawn to the area on a year-round basis.
This is a truly distinctive, breathtaking landscape.
Crystal clear rivers, streams, lakes and tarns contribute to a unique habitat for wildlife.
They also add to the huge diversity of outdoor activities in and around the National Park.
For the tourist, outdoor enthusiast or those taking a relaxing holiday, The Lake District offers an enormous choice of things to do, attractions and local heritage to inspire every visitor.
History of the Lake District
Until 1974, the two old counties of Cumberland and Westmorland contained what we now know as The Lake District.
They were then amalgamated and joined by an area of Lancashire to create the new county of Cumbria.
As the Lake District National Park forms the central bulk of the county, any accommodation located in Cumbria, or nearby, can rightly claim to offer guests easy access to The Lakes.
Accommodation at the Lake District
Visitors have plenty of accommodation to choose from too, including boutique hotels and historic houses.
As well as the many guest houses, B&B’s, inns, hostels, lodges, camping and caravan sites.
Wild camping is also popular and although a grey area it is usually tolerated under the leave no trace rule.
Scenery at the Lake District
Natural beauty is crucial to the area’s popularity for holidays and tourism and it has created an inspirational home to some of England’s most famous artists, writers and poets over the centuries.
In turn, this has driven a significant cultural interest in the Lake District.
However, the majestic mountains and lakes were created by geological and glacial action that also defined a local way of life, by giving access to mineral deposits.
From a Stone Age axe factory discovered in Langdale, to the slate and copper mines in Coniston, examples of Lakeland industrial heritage are abundant and fascinate many visitors.
What brings you to the Lake District?
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