• Everyone knows the Lake District is a stunning setting of lovely landscapes, rolling hills and beautiful views. But not everyone knows these 10 weird, wacky and wonderful facts about the Lakes.

    Test your knowledge to see how many you know, and if we’ve missed any, please do drop us a line and tell us! We love to discover more fun facts about the Lake District that we can share with visitors to Lake House.

    1. Windermere is possibly the most famous body of water in the Lake District, and at 11.2 miles, it is also the longest in England.
    2. Wastwater is the deepest body of water in England, at 74 metres. It also has no aquatic life, not even bacteria!
    3. The Lake District is home to the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike (3,210ft). It is estimated that the mountain was formed more than 450 million years ago, and on a clear day you can see other peaks in Wales, Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.
    4. The Lake District is populated by a huge number of sheep. The Herdwick breed is known for being hardy and strong in tough weather conditions. A fun fact is that Beatrix Potter played a large part in the conservation of Herdwick Sheep - she was involved with keeping and breeding Herdwicks, and was even president of the breed association!
    5. Speaking of Beatrix Potter, she was of course inspired by much of the Lake District’s wildlife for her stories, including the famous Peter Rabbit. But did you know she bought her house, Hill Top cottage in Ambleside, with the profits of her first book?
    6. The Lake District also inspired poet William Wordsworth. Wordsworth’s most famous work is probably Daffodils, but in 1810 William Wordsworth published Guide to Lakes. Amazingly, the famous romantic poet only wrote the travellers’ guidebook because he needed the money!
    7. There are approximately 14,560 archaeological sites and monuments. These include remains of homes from the Bronze Age, ruins of an Abbey built in 1200 and some rock carvings that are believed to be up to 6,000 years old.
    8. The Lake District National Park covers 2,292 square kilometres (or 885 square miles). It’s also home to England’s wettest inhabited place - Seathwaite sees approximately 140 inches of rainfall each year, a whopping 356 centimetres!
    9. It has had national park status since 1951. Until the 19th Century, areas such as Lake District were seen as dangerous - until the romantic poets discovered its beauty and inspiration.
    10. More than a quarter of the UK’s population visits each year - that’s approximately 17 million visitors annually, and just over a quarter of the UK’s total population of around 65 million people.

    If you want to discover some of the weird, wacky and wonderful facts about the Lakes for yourself, why not plan a trip to visit? If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, we’re perfectly placed in Ambleside. Take a look at our offers and packages available.

  • Don’t let a bit of soggy weather put you off making the most of our beautiful area. Here are six ideas for fantastic indoor activities…

    The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Bowness-on-Windermere. Most of the attractions here are indoors and tickets are now on sale for the smash-hit theatre show running from 10 June – 3 September. This entertaining family show offers add on packages to visit the exhibition and enjoy breakfast or afternoon tea with Peter Rabbit!

    Blackwell, Bowness-on-Windermere. When the architect MH Baillie Scott built a holiday home overlooking Windermere for his client Sir Edward Holt, he created Blackwell, a masterpiece of twentieth-century design and a perfect example of the arts & crafts movement. It’s one of the most enchanting historic houses in the Lake District with window seats offering stunning views of the surrounding scenery. Visitors can appreciate the house as it was originally intended, without roped-off areas.

    Also, if you enjoy history, there are plenty of historic houses to visit in the Lakes, and most of them have a café or restaurant too. Some recommendations within the South Lakes include: Holker Hall, Cark-in-Cartmel, Levens Hall. near Kendal and Sizergh Castle, also near Kendal.

    The Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow. This is a must for car fans of all ages. The site itself has a rich and interesting history as it’s located on the site of the former Backbarrow Blue Mill, which closed in the 1980s. Now it’s home to a collection of heritage vehicles, memorabilia and displays of ‘how things used to be’, which will appeal to all ages.

    But whatever the weather, the outlook is always bright inside Lake House. Why not take advantage of our latest offers and packages?

  • We've been working as hard as ever at the Lake House, making sure all our wonderful guests have the best Lake District experience possible! We're excited to offer you a look into our latest project, our brand new Bar and Reception Area! We couldn't be more pleased with it and can't wait to share it with all of you!

  • We’re called Lake House and we’re happily nestled in the stunning landscape of the English Lake District. So, it only seemed fitting that we write a blog exploring the history, heritage and perhaps unknown facts about the lakes that have made the Lake District so famous around the UK, and of course, around the globe.

    Funnily enough, the Lake District is a region named after its many great lakes - but in fact, there is only one official lake! Bassenthwaite Lake is really the only body of water that, by the books, has ‘lake’ in its name - although other areas include the word to help distinguish it from a neighbouring town, such as Lake Windermere. It’s actually the case that every other supposed lake in the Lake District is officially classed as a water, tarn or mere.

    Despite that, the largest ‘lakes’ are:

    • Windermere - 14.8 square kilometres
    • Ullswater - 8.9 square kilometres
    • Derwentwater - 5.5 square kilometres
    • Bassenthwaite Lake - 5.3 square kilometres
    • Coniston Water - 4.0 square kilometres

    The deepest lake in the area, and in fact, in the whole of England, is Wastwater at 74 metres (243 feet). Wastwater is also 3 miles long and over half a mile wide.

    England's longest lake is Windermere, which is 10.5 miles long
    We hope you enjoyed these fun facts about the Lakes that make the Lake District famous! If you’re looking for somewhere to rest those weary feet after a day of exploring the Lake District’s wonderful lakes, take a look at our latest offers and packages and enjoy a restful night’s sleep at Lake House.

  • Winter is almost behind us and springtime is just around the corner. Isn’t it lovely waking up to light mornings and driving home from work when the sun is still shining?

    We’ve noticed a splendid schedule of events planned for Ambleside throughout March, so if you’re thinking of taking a break to the Lake District this spring, take a look at what’s on in the area next month before booking your dates.

    Stevie Williams Unplugged
    3 March, Zeffirellis
    Stevie Williams is a talented UK bassist, singer and songwriter. As well as his solo work, he also fronts The Most Wanted Band. A life-long devotee of the ageless blues, alt country and americana sounds, he has travelled the globe discovering new influences and honing his craft into his classic songwriting style.

    Matt Cowe plays Chet Atkins
    10 March, Zeffirellis
    Cumbria-based UK musician Matt Cowe presents a new show featuring the music of 50s American country guitar legend Chet Atkins. The show also features special guest Becki Fishwick singing some classic country and swing tunes from the 50s. Chet pioneered a style of guitar playing where the guitar plays the bass, rhythm and melody all at the same time, and to this day is still considered a very difficult style to master.

    Ambleside Spring Flower Show
    18 and 19 March, Kelsick Centre, St Mary's Lane
    There’s plenty to look forward to with this event, with cookery, handicrafts, children’s classes, floral art, refreshments, raffle, all and kinds of spring flowers in bloom.

    Orchid Weekend at Hayes Garden World
    18 and 19 March, Hayes Garden World
    Chris Channon, Orchid Expert and RHS Gold Medallist, gives advice and demonstrations on all aspects of orchid care. Orchid owners are invited to Hayes Garden World to receive free advice and MOTs for their plants. Talk attendees will receive money saving vouchers to be used on the day to purchase a wide variety of both common & unusual orchids.

    Brathay Breeze
    26 March, Brathay Hall
    New routes of differing lengths and challenges for a wider range of experience and fitness. Starting and finishing at Brathay Hall, there will be a Brathay Breeze 15 miles, Brathay Belter 44 miles, and Brathay Brutal 58 miles. Whether you are looking for a challenge or a more leisurely bike ride with the family, there’s something for everyone. There's plenty to hurry back for too - with refreshments, food and a beer tent on the beautiful Brathay Estate.

    The Loblowitz Quartet
    30 March, Ambleside Parish Centre
    The Loblowitz Quartet Haydn String Quartet No 1 in G, Op. 74 Shostakovich String Quartet No 8 in C minor, Op. 110 Schumann String Quartet No 3 in A, Op. 41

    Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour
    31 March, Zeffirellis
    Howard Haigh & the Men of the Hour, featuring Rick Middleton on Bass, guitar & vocals, & Sam King Middleton on percussion & vocals. They’ll present their own unique seasonal programme of delights.

    Planning a spring getaway to the lovely Lake District this year? Get in touch with us today.

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