England Lake District
by Peter Sylvester
ENGLAND LAKE DISTRICT
The England Lake District is one of the most beautiful corners of a lovely land. Little towns and villages are hidden in a dramatic landscape
Only about 25 miles across this gem of north western grandeur is not one to be missed.
ENGLAND LAKE DISTRICT - MY FIRST VISIT
I stood on the small promontory looking out over a still sunny summer’s day in England. Lake district folk - and tourists - were disembarking from the ferry - fresh from trips to Beatrix Potter’s House or Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage - and I realised that here was somewhere very special.
The lake was deep blue/black, the hills rose around in a green tumescence and half a mile away a small thriving town - Bowness - lay quietly asleep in the sun.
The harbour on the other hand was typically alive with a throng of pleasure craft who use Lake Windermere for ferrying, cruising, water skiing or diving. The England Lake District captured my imagination immediately.
ENGLAND LAKE DISTRICT - THE WATERS
Lakes are neither common nor large in England. Lake District waters make up for this. Lake Windermere is the largest and busiest, Coniston Water is famous for the fatal attempted water speed record of Donald Campbell ( a pub in Coniston houses many interesting relics of his life), while Ulleswater and Grasmere all boast attractions.
But the impact of Wastwater is for me the pinnacle of England Lake District beauty. Approached by a little road you see clearly the plunging scree slopes diving deep into the lake and far in the west Great Gable towers above the land.
ENGLAND LAKE DISTRICT - THE MOUNTAINS
Scafell Pike is the highest and Great Gable very difficult. For my part I enjoy the somewhat easier trips up the ridge of Helvellyn or the climbs on the Langdale Pikes.
But wherever you go there is something different to look at and - despite the growth of tourism - somewhere quiet to stop.
ENGLAND LAKE DISTRICT - THE HISTORY
The Romans were the first to make their mark on the England Lake District. Their famous artefact - Hadrian’s Wall - was built just a couple of miles north of Carlisle - Cumberland’s county town.
But it was later - with the advent of the early nineteenth century Romantic Poets such as Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey - that the beauty of the Lake District was immortalised.
As Wordsworth said “………’tis mine to rove
Through bare grey dell, high wood and pastoral cove:
Where Derwent rests, and listens to the roar
That stuns the tumulous cliffs of high Lodore:
Where peace to Grasmere’s lonely island leads
To willowy hedgerows and to emerald meads.”
You too traveller could experience this.!
Peter Sylvester is a seasoned UK journalist (NUJ 020267) who has worked with BBC Radios 4 and 5 Live, World Service, The Natural History Programme, Today, The Afternoon Shift, Farming Today, On This Day, and more. He produced "Class Five" for Sybil Ruscoe for three years.
Mr. Sylvester has written for such magazines as The Field, My Weekly, The Woodworker, and Radio Times. In previous successful careers, he has been an actor, teacher, and trader of gold, silver, and precious stones. He lives near Evesham in Cleeve Prior.