May the force be with you in Borrowdale!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the fastest movie ever to gross over $1bn, and continues to smash box office records all over the world.

But you may not realise that the hyped–up, widely anticipated seventh instalment in the epic Star Wars series was filmed partly in the Lake District.

Cumbria was used as the backdrop for an alien, new landscape for the film, and a crew was based in Borrowdale last summer.

And the movie makers may have tried to keep things under wraps, but, inevitably, filming caused quite a stir locally.

Equally, with a helicopter used for some of the aerial shots, it wasn’t that easy to keep it completely secret.

A manager of a local business told a Cumbria paper: “They were filming here and some of the crew stayed locally last July, as did the head of the special effects team, although I don’t think any of the stars did.”

The movie stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, alongside newcomers Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, and opened in the UK a week before Christmas.

Footage from the beautiful Lakes was also included in one of the trailers for the movie.

But you don’t have to be from Hollywood to love the Lakes and enjoy all that stunning scenery. At Borrowdale Gates Hotel, in the heart of Beatrix Potter country, we’re a four-star hotel offering access to a wide range of activities from hiking and fell-walking to climbing, golfing, cycling, photography and classic cars breaks. And we serve only the best, locally sourced food.

We welcome visitors from all galaxies, so plan your next Lakes break here and see where some of Star Wars 7 was shot.