The Lake District is a top tourist attraction of the UK with more and more visitors each year. Here at the Regent Hotel we are situated in the heart of the Lake District, in Ambleside town. Our hotel is next to the shores of Lake Windermere, and some of our rooms offer amazing views of the lake and mountains beyond.
The beauty of the deep valleys, steep crooked mountains, fells and lakes create such wonder amongst our guests, we thought we’d share with you some interesting, amazing and weird facts about the Lake District.
1. The Big Freeze
Lake Windermere has Frozen over three times! In 1895 it was frozen for 6 weeks and visitors were able to walk across the Lake. The most recent time the Lake has frozen was in 1963.
2. Two Buried Villages
Haweswater was originally a natural Lake about 2.5 miles long and was home to two villages Measland and Mardale Green. In 1929 Parliament granted permission for Haweswater to be transformed into a larger reservoir to help support the growing population. As a result the villages were pulled down, including a pub, church, farms and homes. Now, if water levels are low it is possible to see the remains of buildings emerging from the water, creepy!
3. Change of Perception
Through his poetry William Wordsworth helped change the attitude of society towards the great outdoors and nature. Before the 19th Century, remote areas of Britain, including the Lake District were considered dangerous places that should not be explored.
4. Two Million Years in the Making
The Lake District has evolved through several glaciations over the last 2 million years. The long elongated lakes such as Lake Windermere were created as a result of melting ice, along with the tarns which can be found at higher elevations. The many u-shaped valleys that can be found in the Lake District are a typical feature of glacial erosion.
5. Home to the Deepest bodies of Water and the Highest Peaks
England’s largest natural Lake, highest mountain and deepest body of water can all be found in the Lake District.
Scafell Pike, the highest mountain is (3,209 ft) and was formed 450 million years ago. Interestingly Scafell Pike is also Britain's highest War memorial, donated to the National Trust in 1919 to commemorate the dead by original owner the 3rd Baron of Leconfield, Charles Wyndham.
The largest lake is Lake Windermere, which is over 10 miles long. The Lake is home to 18 islands, the largest Belle Isle is the only one to ever have been inhabited, and it is still privately owned and lived on. The island is a monument of history, there have been houses on the island dating back to the Romans, and Roman artifacts have been found on site.
Wastwater in the Wasdale Valley is the deepest body of water in England, and it is very near to Scafell Pike. This water is the perfect example of an ‘over-deepend valley’, it is 79m deep, the surface is 200 feet above sea level while it’s bottom is over 50 feet below sea level.