The Lake District is Englands largest National Park and includes Scafell Pike Englands highest mountain, Wastwater Englands deepest lake and the communities Keswick Bowness-on-Windermere Ambleside Kendal and Windermere. The Lake District is in easy reach for Manchester West Yorkshire and Lancashire. The majority of the Lake District falls in Cumbria.
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The Lake District is characterised by its many lakes from which it takes its name and also of great importance within the Lake District is the fells and mountains that make up the stunning scenic backdrop of this wonderful area.
The Lake District has a tradition attracting writers and artists alike and the poets Byron, Wordsworth, Shelley and Keats were all resident at some time. Some of Englands greatest poetry reflects the inspiring scenery to be found in the Lake District. Perhaps the most famous writer of the Lake District is Alfred Wainwright. This Kendal town Clerk has legendary status amongst the fells lovers and walkers who love the mountains and fells. Alfred Wainwright wrote seven books about areas of the Lake District and included walks to all fells and mountain tops. Mountains such as Blencathra Skiddaw Scafell Pike Helvellyn and The Old Man of Coniston will be included in any serious walkers list of mountains to climb. You can also walk around the lakes of Derwentwater Thirlmere Buttermere Bassenthwaite Windermere and Coniston Water.
The Lake District attracts a wide range of visitors from day trippers to walkers climbers speed boat enthusiasts cavers fell runners artists and bird watchers. Because it is a land of such contrasts there is something for everyone.