Welcome to The Lake District
The Lake District sits within Cumbria, in the north-west of
England, and plays host to a series of expansive lakes and rocky
mountains that together form some of the most strikingly beautiful
vistas in the country. The landscape is a mix of rolling farmlands,
green valleys and heather-covered moors, interrupted here and there
by bustling towns and villages that have been popular holiday
destinations in England for hundreds of years. Despite attracting
10 million visitors each year, the Lake District retains its
peaceful and pastoral existence and hikers can go for miles without
seeing any living creatures but sheep and cows.
The Lake District is the largest national park in England and
stretches some 885 square miles (2,292 sq km), from Caldbeck in the
north to Lindale in the south, and from Ravenglass in the west to
Shap in the east. Each of the lakes within the area has its own
character: Windermere, Grasmere and Ullswater are considered the
prettiest, but those wishing to avoid the crowds can head for Wast
Water, Crummock Water or Buttermere.
A holiday in the Lake District offers visitors a range of
activities, from bird watching, lake cruises and gentle strolls, to
mountain biking, water sports and hiking. The region is also home
to Scafell Pike, which at 3,209ft (978m) is England's highest peak.
There are also plenty of castles, market towns, galleries and
museums worth visiting, including Dove Cottage and Wordsworth
House, both homes of local poet William Wordsworth.
Some of Cumbria's other famous residents include Robert Southey,
Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin, all writers and poets who, like
Wordsworth, drew inspiration from the land and the lakes. Today,
the rugged beauty of Cumbria and the Lake District continues to
inspire both visitors and locals alike, and remains one of the most
popular regions in England.
Information & Facts
The Lake District has a maritime climate and is the wettest
region in England, with an average annual precipitation of over 80
inches (2,000mm). March to June tend to be the driest months in the
Lake District, while October to January are the wettest. The area
is also very windy and gale-force winds are quite common.
Temperatures are relatively moderate, the average low being 37F
(3C) in winter and summer temperatures only rising to a high of
around 68F (20C).
English is the official language, though visitors will be
astonished by the variety of regional accents.
The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100
pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and
American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards
should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign
currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels,
however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks.
Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by
tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid
Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last
Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).