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6 Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know About The Lake District

The Lake District is one of the most beautiful places in the world. And you have to visit it to witness the stunning landscape and natural beauty of this place. It was also made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2017.

While being so beautiful naturally, the Lake District is also a very fascinating place. And if you are planning to visit this place, you won’t have to worry about accommodation. There are many luxurious accommodations you can find here, some of which are pet-friendly too. You can also get a taxi app UK to travel around easily. 

Did you know where the pencils were invented? Yes, it was invented in the Lake District. There are many more surprising facts about the Lake District that not many people know. And if you want to learn about them, just read along with the list I’ve made about some of the fascinating facts about the Lake District.

1. Have You Heard About England’s Deepest Lake?

In the west of the Cumbria county, you will find Wastwater, which is the deepest lake of England. Wastwater is located in the Wasdale valley, covered by mountains, which also includes Scafell Pike (England’s highest mountain). The total depth of this lake is 243 feet!

Well, you certainly won’t just visit this place for its depth, but there’s more to this place: the view. It is so beautiful that in 2007, it was voted as Britain’s Favorite View. And the biggest reason for this was the dramatic surroundings, including Screes. Imagine, seeing millions of small pieces of broken rock from the floor of the lake reaching up to 2000m of height. 

2. The Lake District Does NOT Have 16 Lakes!

Oh, you thought you knew about this one? Well, if you are going to a pub quiz, this one can be asked as a trick question. Of course, there are 16 listed water bodies in the Lake District, but only one of them is technically a lake, and that is Bassenthwaite Lake

I know, it’s hard to believe, as everyone talks about the Lake District having 16 lakes, but this is the fact that only Bassenthwaite Lake has the word “lake” in its name. Rest of the other lakes are classified as water or mere (or sometimes tarn). For example, Buttermere and Windermere have “mere” in their name, and Ullswater has “water” in its name. All the lakes are named like this, except Bassenthwaite Lake, which is classed as “lake”.

3. The Lake District Gave us Pencils

Pencils made our lives so simple and gave artists an extra tool to use for their artworks. In the 1550s, the first graphite mine was discovered at Seathwaite. The graphite from this mine was used to make the first-ever pencil and made history. 

Visit the Pencil Museum in Keswick to explore the history of the mine and pencils, and how pencils were used in World War 2. 

4. A Lot of Footpaths For You to Talk a Walk

Tourists visit the Lake District to enjoy the beautiful landscape, scenery, wildlife, and natural beauty. And what’s a better way to enjoy all these things than talking long walks? But, one more reason that people enjoy walking in the Lake District is that there are 1,342 miles of footpaths within the National Park. If that doesn’t amuse you, I don’t know what would! Many of the routes are documented by Alfred Wainwright. 

5. Liars Are Celebrated Here!

One of the things that people of Cumbria are famous for is their down-to-earth honesty. But, there’s a day when they speak lies! This happens in November for the annual contest “The Biggest Liar in The World”. This event happens at The Bridge Inn at Santon Bridge in the beautiful Wasdale Valley. Did you know, a few TV personalities like Sue Perkins have also participated and won this event. 

6. Sheep Population Domination

Oh yeah, all hail to the sheep lord! The Lake District has six times more sheep than people! 

The population of humans in Cumbria is around 500,000, while the population of sheep is more than 3 million. This place is famous for its agriculture, having acres of the rugged hillside where sheep can roam. So, you won’t have to worry about sleepless nights, as there are enough sheep for you o count.

Fascinate enough? So, pack your bags and visit this beautiful place.

Kylie is a food fanatic who can go to extreme lengths when it comes to learning about cuisines. She has been blogging for over a decade and is an integral part of the food industry in the United States. If she isn't busy writing a piece for her blog, you can find her spending some time in museums and cultural heritage sites.