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Cumbria Facts

Interesting and historical facts about Cumbria.

  • Lake Windermere in Cumbria is the largest lake in England

  • Scarfell Pike in Cumbria is the tallest mountain in England.

  • The Lake District National Park is the largest National Park in England.

  • The famous poet William Wordsworth was born in 'Wordsworth House' in Cockermouth, Cumbria (The Lake District).

  • The Lake District is home to England's longest Lake (Windermere), its steepest road (Hardknott Pass), its tallest mountain (Scafell Pike) and the World's Biggest Liar Competition!

  • The Bridge Inn at Santon Bridge, Cumbria, is the venue for the annual 'World's Biggest Liar Competition'. The competition is held in memory of Will Ritson (1808–1890) a pub landlord from Wasdale, who was well known for his tall tales.

  • Wastwater in Cumbria's Lake District is the deepest Lake in England at 258ft deep (79 metres).

  • The computer billionaire Bill Gates is reputed to have purchased £1,500,000 of slate quarried from the Lake District, for use in his swimming pool.

  • 'Long Meg and her Daughters' is the second largest stone circle in Europe dating from the Bronze Age and featuring 69 stones all 12ft high.

  • The town of Whitehaven in Cumbria was used as a template for the expansion of New York during the mid 18th century.

  • There are more listed buildings (250 of them) per square mile in Whitehaven, Cumbria, than anywhere else in the UK.

  • Arnside is located within one of Britain's smallest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the Arnside and Silverdale AONB. Arnside is a vibrant and beautiful village in Cumbria, situated on the border with Lancashire, and facing the estuary of the River Kent. The Barrow to Lancaster railway crosses the river here on an impressive viaduct. The old pier opposite the Post Office is a reminder of the days when most of the local trade was done by sea. Arnside is fortunate to have a range of local shops and amenities - including two pubs, a post office, a bakery, fish and chip shop and three general stores. Whilst attracting many tourists and holiday makers, Arnside is also a popular retirement haven, with a thriving and very active community life. There are many interesting and scenic local walks - both along the shoreline and over Arnside Knott. The Arnside Gateway website ( is designed to help residents and visitors access the many on-line resources related to Arnside and its immediate area.

  • Lake Windermere's name comes from the Scandinavian for 'Lake of a man called Vinandr'

  • The biggest waterfall in Northumberland is Crammel Linn waterfall, near Gilsland.

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