The National Park
Only about 1 hours by car along the M61 and M6 motorways from Manchester, the English Lake District is a protected National Park and is the largest in Great Britain. It is a land of mountains and lakes, and a Mecca for walkers, tourists and climbers alike. England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike is located here in the Langdale Pikes (Hills) overlooking Grasmere.
The National Park is located entirely in the county of Cumbria (what used to be known as Cumberland, Westmorland and the most northern tip of Lancashire), although all of the county is not a National Park. It is a very popular location with day-trippers from Manchester and from all over the north-west of England and the industrial Midlands, and after London and Stratford-on-Avon, ranks as Britain’s third most popular tourist attraction.
Left to Right: Blea Tarn. Castlerigg Stone Circle. Towards Helvelyn from Keswick. Thirlmere in Autumn
The Lakes of Cumbria
character, and provide England with its tallest mountain, Scafell Pike.
Remember to take warm waterproof clothing – the lakes are there, (not surprisingly), because it rains a great deal over the mountains – even in summertime – that’s where lakes come from.
Map of the Lake District