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Lake District

Posted by Henry on July 24, 2004

In Reply to: "Lake District" in England, Britain, UK or some such... posted by James Briggs on July 23, 2004

: : A couple of times recently I have read (printed material, sorry no links) about the "Lake District" and the context seems to be something to do with the British Empire. The last reference was to the birth of someone on a famous sailing ship. Can someone give me a one or two word geography lesson?

: It's in NW England. Malcolm Campbell set some world water speed records on one of the several lakes, possibly Windermere. The area is part of a National Park, very beautiful but very wet!
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There aren't any cities in the Lake District, which lies between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. It's got more hills than lakes, including Egland's highest peak, Scafell Pike, height 3210' (978m). I know that there are many mountains that are higher, but most of those are much younger!

It's also famous for its poets. This year is the bi-centenary of the poem, written by William Wordsworth after he and his sister Dorothy saw the famous 'host of golden daffodils' on the shore of Ullswater.
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.