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England’s Lake District is famous for its lakes, mountains and breath-taking scenery, with each region having its own appearance and character. From William Wordsworth’s poetry to Alfred Wainwright’s walking guides, the area has long inspired people to visit and experience its peaceful, rugged beauty for themselves.

The Lake District is, however, full of surprises! Around every corner lies a new valley and view, each with its own stories and traditions.

Take a look at our map to find 10 things you didn’t know about this beautiful corner of England.




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Photographs used under CC, courtesy of (in order of appearance)

Peter StevensHaweswater from Corpse Road

Peter Lawther, Grisedale

Humphrey Bolton, Aira Beck

Andy Docker, Herdwick Sheep

Claire Rowland, Borrowdale Valley

Anglovirtual, Kendal Castle

Hedley Thorne, Scafell Pike

John Holmes, Whitehaven

David Iliff, Ullswater

Dr John Wells, Bowness