The history of the Lake District National Park

These days, the Lake District National Park is just as much of a national treasure as the Tower of London, Noel Edmonds or Tetley Tea. Although the beautiful scenery has been there for thousands of years, the national park has not, only coming into existence a mere sixty years ago in 1951.

It is the most visited national park in the UK; 15.8 million visitors are drawn to it annually and it racks up over 23 million day visits each year. It’s also the largest national park in England and Wales, at more than 885 square miles.

Much of it is owned by the National Trust, to whom one of the area’s most famous daughters, Beatrix Potter, gifted large swathes of land on her death. As well as an association with the children’s author, it’s an area that also boasts ties to lots of popular literature from the 18th and 19th centuries.

The lake poets Wordsworth, Coleridge and friends were famously based in the area, and the romantic themes in their works were inspired by the dramatic vistas of the hills and valleys of the Lake District.

These days it’s a popular spot for hiking and fell-walking, as well as cycling and more sedentary pursuits like bird watching and photography. If you’re planning a visit, check out the cosy and comfortable accommodation offered by Borrowdale gates hotel, where you’ll find all the delights of the area right on the doorstep to be enjoyed.