Lake District FAQ's

Who does the Lake District attract and who visits the Lake District UK?
In 2014 Cumbria and the Lake District received just over 41.5 million visitors, made up of 35.5 million day trippers and 6 million overnight visitors (source:

For the Lake District as a destination, around 5% of visitors are international. Sixty per cent of visitors were aged over 45, less than 20 per cent were aged below 35 and only three per cent of visitors were aged below 25. Figures for overall visitor satisfaction are high and 85 per cent of visitors have previously visited the area. Visitors who stay overnight, stay on average five nights, with the most common response for length of stay as seven nights, followed by two nights. (source: Lake District National Park)

Who discovered the Lake District?
Human settlement began in the Lake District at least 5,000 years ago, when Pike o’Stickle and other mountains became the source of stone for axes and the sites of stone circles at Castlerigg, Long Meg, and elsewhere. (source:

When was the Lake District declared a national park? The Lake District National Park was designated on 9 May 1951 and founded on 13 August 1951 (source:

When was the Lake District glaciated?
The scenery of the Lake District was created largely by glacial movements of the last ice age between 25,000 and 10,000 years ago and the volcanic eruptions that preceded it, however the geology has a much longer history. During the last Ice Age, the area was the source of many glaciers which carved the deep U-shaped valleys and sculpted the sharp ridges or arêtes characteristic of the area. When the ice finally retreated about 10,000 years ago, rivers formed and created exacerbated valley features which lakes later in-filled, giving the scenery that we see today. However, 10,000 years is very recent in terms of geological history. The recent glaciers re-worked rocks as old as the Borrowdale Volcanic series, which formed about 500 million years ago, during the Ordovician.

Why is the Lake District popular with tourists?
The number one reason given by visitors for visiting Cumbria is because of the physical scenery and landscape of the area.

Where is Wastwater, Lake District?
Situated in the Wasdale Valley, Wastwater is 3 miles long, half a mile wide and 260 feet deep, and the deepest of all the lakes. Wastwater is perhaps the most awe-inspiring of all the lakes. Surrounded by mountains, Red Pike, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Scafell Pike – England's highest mountain. (source:

Where in Lake District was the A Word filmed?
The A Word, a six-part BBC drama series starring Christopher Eccleston, was filmed in various locations in the Lake District including Keswick, Thirlmere, Ambleside and Coniston.

One of our cottages in Newlands Valley, Birkrigg Cottage, featured in the series (