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The Lake District

Ten Things…

From a micro-brewery to Beatrix Potter, how many of these facts about the Lake District have you heard before?

Beatrix Potter at her farm Hill Top in the lake District
Beatrix Potter, c.1905, outside her home, Hill Top
© TopFoto.co.uk/PA
1. The World’s Biggest Liar competition is held every November at the Bridge Inn, Santon Bridge. Politicians and lawyers are excluded from entering!

2. The district’s last slate mine, Honister, was revived in 1997 by Mark Weir, a helicopter pilot, restaurateur and local farmer’s son.

3. Former BBC journalist Alex Brodie set up the award-winning Hawkshead micro brewery in 2002.

4. Postman Pat was created by author John Cunliffe at his home in Kendal.

5. The annual Shepherds’ Meet, held in Wasdale every October, dates back to when farmers would gather to exchange stray animals that had ended up on each others’ land.

6. The annual Lake District Water Speeds Record Week is now held on Lake Coniston, as its previous venue, Windermere, now has a 10mph speed limit.

7. Wasdale is home to England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and its deepest lake, Wastwater.

8. Coniston’s Ruskin Museum is planning to put Donald Campbell’s boat Bluebird, raised from Coniston Water in March 2001, on permanent display.

9. Lake District writer Beatrix Potter stipulated in her will that her cottage, Hill Top, should never be lived in again and that the house remained as it had been during her life.

10. The 800-year-old Muncaster Castle is rumoured to have a resident ghost called Tom Fool