The Lake District is a mountainous region situated in North West England and is affectionately known as the Lakes, by the majority of the population of the UK.
The area is a popular holiday destination famous for its lakes and mountains and for the works of early 19th century poetry and writings of William Wordsworth. The lakes lie entirely with the English county of Cumbria, the entire area was awarded the status of The Lake District National Park in 1951. It contains the highest mountain in England, Scaffell Pike and also the deepest and longest lakes in England. The Geological content of the mountains are as varied and changeable as the Lake District itself, being mostly formed by granite, limestone, slate and igneous rocks, forming the landscape as it can be seen today. The Lakes are reputed as having the most stunning scenery in all of England and are visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists? yearly using coach hire services mainly for convenience and cost.
The Lake District's distinct circular shape with mountains, valleys, and lakes was formed by repeated glaciations over the last 2 million years. Most of these valleys display the classic U shape glaciations along with deep lakes. The mountains of the Lake District are mainly rocky near the summit and characteristic of lower boggy moorland, due to the high level of rainfall with heather and bracken. There are several peaks over the 3,000 metre mark. The valleys of the Lake Distract run clockwise from the south and break up the mountains into separate blocks. The combination of lakes, valleys, and mountains, or fells are they are known in the Lakes, draw visitors for obvious reasons including, walking/hiking, fishing, aquatic pursuits, coach hire day tripping, and delight tourists of all ages and backgrounds.
The Lake District has a lot more to offer apart from the stunning mountain and lake scenery it is so famous for. The area is closely associated with William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. The latter's family home attracts many visitors with particular interest from Japan. While the Lakes are well known for outdoor pursuits, cultural tourism is becoming an increasingly important part of a wider tourism industry. More groups of people are relying on coach hire transportation for visits to the area as much for the wealth of writers, artists, and theater performances which are popular during the summer months and are strong attractions for visiting tourists as well as mountaineering and other outdoor pursuits. The Lake District is now attracting around 12 million visitors a year mostly from the UK; however more numbers are now arriving from mainland Europe, Japan and China.