Think of the English Lake District and you’ll probably think of rolling hills, beautiful coastlines and stunning hill walks. Although the scenery of the Lake District is incredible, this is just one of many qualities that this beautiful part of the country has to offer.
Did you know that the Lake District is also home to the highest mountain in England? Or that it was once a Mecca of eccentric children’s authors and famous poets? Or that its only lake hosts despite its name?
Read on to learn five interesting, unusual and surprising facts about the first destination in England, courtesy of Pure Leisure’s UK travel experts.
1. It hosts hundreds of hiking trails on the hills
The Lake District is known in the UK-and around the world – for its wide range of amazing walking trails. From easy trails for beginners to advanced hikes for experts, the Lake District offers hundreds of trails for visitors.
Some hikes are suitable for families – the 20-minute walk to Orrest Head, for example-while others are only suitable for experts. Do you feel safe? Try the 978-metre hike to Scafell Pike – the highest mountain in England.
2. It contains the highest mountain in England
You heard right: the Lake District is home to the highest mountain in England. Scafell Pike reaches 978 meters above sea level, making it the highest peak in Great Britain, which is not in Wales or Scotland.
From the top of the mountain you can see the Isle of Man as well as many of the Lake District’s most famous hiking trails. The mountain is a difficult climb that is not for beginners-leave it undefeated unless you are a confident climber.
3. It was once home to poets and authors for children
William Wordsworth, one of Britain’s best-known poets, was a local resident of the Lake District. Known for his love of the region’s waterfalls, he produced some of his most popular works in front of the beautiful Aira Force waterfall.
4. It hosts nearly 15 million travelers a year
The Lake District may not be as easy to visit as London or Cornwall, but that hasn’t stopped millions of people from making the famous area a part of their holiday itineraries.
Almost 15 million people visit the Lake District every year, making it the UK’s most popular tourist destination. Tourism and related spending would add million annually to the region’s economy.
5. Despite its name, it houses only one lake
You could call it Lake District, but it houses only one lake. Bassenthwaite is the only real lake in the Lake District – all the others, from Windermere to Ullswater, are considered “sea ” or”water”.