Cumbria Interesting Facts

The Lake District National Park is England’s largest and covers:

  • 2362 square kilometres
  • 912 square miles
  • 583,747 acres or
  • 236,234 hectares
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Ten highest mountains

  1. Scafell Pike at 978 metres (3210 feet)
  2. Scafell at 964 metres (3162 feet)
  3. Helvellyn at 950 metres (3114 feet)
  4. Skiddaw at 931 metres(3053 feet)
  5. Great End at 910 metres (2986 feet)
  6. Bowfell at 902 metres (2940 feet)
  7. Great Gable at 899 metres (2960 feet)
  8. Pillar at 892 metres (2926 feet)
  9. Nethermost Pike at 891 metres (2923 feet)
  10. Catstycam (2917 feet)
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Sixteen largest lakes

  1. Windermere – 14.8 square kilometres
  2. Ullswater – 8.9 square kilometres
  3. Derwentwater – 5.5 square kilometres
  4. Bassenthwaite Lake – 5.3 square kilometres
  5. Coniston Water – 4.0 square kilometres
  6. Haweswater – 3.9 square kilometres
  7. Thirlmere – 3.3  square kilometres
  8. Ennerdale Water – 3 square kilometres
  9. Wastwater – 2.9  square kilometres
  10. Crummock Water – 2.5 square kilometres
  11. Esthwaite Water – 1 square kilometre
  12. Buttermere – 0.9 square kilometres
  13. Grasmere – 0.6 square kilometres
  14. Loweswater – 0.6 square kilometres
  15. Rydal Water – 0.3 square kilometres
  16. Brotherswater – 0.2 square kilometres
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Tarns

Tarn comes from the Old Norse word for ‘pool’. It usually refers to a small mountain lake or pool. However as some tarns are larger than lakes, it’s not an exact science! Here are some of the larger ones:

  • Blea Tarn
  • Little Langdale Tarn
  • Overwater Tarn
  • Stickle Tarn
  • Tarn Hows
  • Watendlath Tarn
  • Yew Tree Tarn

Facts about lakes and coastline

  • The deepest lake in England is Wastwater at 74 metres (243 feet)
  • England’s longest lake is Windermere which is 10.5 miles long
  • There is only one official lake – Bassenthwaite Lake. All the others are ‘meres’ or ‘waters’
  • The National Park includes 26 miles of coastline and estuaries
  • In the heavy rains of November 2009, Windermere lake rose 157cm. Over the week, that translates into an extra 35,700,000,000 litres. 22,100,000,000 litres of those were added in just 36 hours!

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