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The English Lake District, English Lakes, or sometimes simply ‘the Lakes’ are in Cumbria in North-West England. It is an ancient mountain area, eroded by glaciation which left behind the lakes when the ice retreated. The Lake District National Park includes all of the land in England higher than 3000 feet (910 metres). The highest point is Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England at 3208 feet (978 metres).
The National Park was established in 1951 and covers an area of 885 square miles (2292 sq kilometres). It is the largest and most visited national park in England and the second largest in Britain, after the Cairngorms. It also contains the deepest and longest bodies of water in England, Wastwater (258 feet or 79 metres deep) and Windermere (11 miles/18 kilometres long).
The Lake District can be beautiful, even pretty, but also bleak. This is serious walking and climbing country and real care has to be taken in places. The popular walks can be quite busy during the peak tourist season but, despite that and having some relatively large towns, you can easily find solitude up on the high fells. The Lake District is also renowned for being the wettest part of England – but, then, if it were not, it would be called something else, wouldn’t it?
Principal settlements in the Lake District are Ambleside, Bowness, Coniston, Grasmere and Keswick. The town of Kendal provides a good base just outside the national park area. The National Park Authority has its offices there – unsurprisingly, because prices within the Park boundaries can be horrendous.
The Lake District is a World Heritage Site.
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