There is more to the Lake District National Park than its outstanding beauty. Rich, interesting history and fascinating stories drive millions of people to stay every year and hotels in Windemere and its surrounding areas are booked out months in advance.
So what is it that’s so interesting about The Lakes?
There Is Only One Lake in the Lake District. Although the area is widely known as the Lake District, it is in fact home to just one actual ‘lake’ – Bassenthwaite Lake. Each of the other waters in the area are technically known as meres (including the largest of them all, Windemere) or waters. This is merely a technicality though so Grassmere, Thirlmere and Coniston Water are just as ‘lakey’ as Bassenthwaite.
Beatrix Potter’s Shaky Start
Before creating the much loved Peter Rabbit series, Lake District resident Beatrix Potter attempted to launch herself as a scientific author. Unfortunately, as she was a woman, the scientific community refused to take her seriously leaving her free to dream up fantastical children’s characters.
Water For Manchester
Water from Thirlmere is carried along a 96 mile aqueduct to service to almost one million homes in Manchester. The lake, which did not exist until the British Government ordered it to be dug, has been sending water to Manchester since 1894.
Lake Deep, Mountain High
The deepest lake in the Lake District is Wastwater which reaches 243 feet into the murky below and the longest is Windemere at a mighty 10.5 miles. The highest mountain in the region is Scafell Pike which, at 3,210 feet, is the highest mountain in all of England.
Red vs. Grey
The Lake District is one of the few places in the UK that maintains a healthy population of red squirrels. Throughout the country, American grey squirrels have all but taken over the countryside but parliamentary protection means that the reds continue to thrive in the Lakes.