Lake District

The Lake District, also known as the Lakes or Lakeland, is a mountainous region in North West England. A popular holiday destination, it is famous for its lakes, forests and mountains (or fells), and its associations with William Wordsworth and other Lake Poets and also with Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin. The Lake District National Park was established in 1951 and covers an area of 2,362 square kilometres.[1] It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017.[2]

The English Lake District
UNESCO World Heritage Site
The town of Keswick, nestled between Derwent Water and the fells of Skiddaw
CriteriaCultural: ii, v, vi
Inscription2017 (41st Session)
Area229,205.19 ha

The Lake District is today completely within Cumbria, a county and administrative unit created in 1974 by the Local Government Act 1972. However, it was historically divided between three English counties (Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire), sometimes referred to as the Lakes Counties. The three counties met at the Three Shire Stone on Wrynose Pass in the southern fells west of Ambleside.[3]

All the land in England higher than 3,000 feet (914 m) above sea level lies within the National Park, including Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England.[4] It also contains the deepest and largest natural lakes in England, Wast Water and Windermere respectively.[5][6]