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Why Cumbria Is The Adventure Hub Of The UK!

  • Sophie
  • 7th July 2015

Dubbed the 'adventure hub of the UK,' the county of Cumbria is a real hot spot (perhaps the hottest spot) for thrill-seekers.

Why does it deserve this title? Well, first up, Cumbria is home to the glorious Lake District and Lake District National Park - both playgrounds for adrenaline junkies. In those areas you'll find the magnificent Scafell Pike (England's highest mountain), the awe-inspiring Wastwater (England's deepest lake), and the wonderful Lake Windermere (England's longest lake).

The district also encompasses the North Pennines (itself an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the Furness Peninsula, and part of the Yorkshire Dales. It's less a case of 'what can you do?' in Cumbria; more a case of 'what can't you do?!' You'll be seriously hard-pressed to find an activity that isn't on offer in the area.

And before you ask, yes, there is a Go Ape (and it's the only Go Ape site with four different adventures)! You'll find us nestled amidst the Douglas Firs in the Lake District's Grizedale Forest. As well as our award-winning Tree Top Adventure course, you'll also find our first-ever Zip Trekking Adventure at Grizedale - an adventure well worth checking out.

Anyway, back to Cumbria.

There are many interesting facts about the area you might not know about. Here are some of them:

- Seathwaite, a small hamlet in the Lake District, is the wettest place in Britain. It receives approximately 140 inches of rain every year.

- Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is purported to have bought £1.5 million of slate extracted from the Lake District. Why? To build himself a new swimming pool!

- Every year, people from across the globe make their way to The Bridge Inn in Stanton Bridge to take part in the World's Biggest Liar Competition. Competitors have just 5 minutes to tell their most extravagant yet convincing lie. The competition is held in honour of Will Ritson (1808-1890), a pub landlord who was renowned for telling porkies.

- William Wordsworth, the famous poet, was born in Wordsworth House in Cockermouth in 1770.

- Many historians claim that the small town of Whitehaven in Cumbria provided the blueprint for the street grid system in New York City during the mid-18th century.

- In Whitehaven, there are more listed buildings per square mile than anywhere else in the UK (a whole 250 of them!).

- The World Gurning Championship is held annually during the Egremont Crab Fair in Cumbria. Fancy watching a group of people pulling their ugliest faces? The next fair takes place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th of September.

- Water from Thirlmere reservoir, located in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, is transported nearly 100 miles via an aqueduct to Manchester, where it provides water to more than 1 million homes.

- There are more microbreweries in Cumbria than anywhere else in the UK.

- The Herdwick is a breed of sheep native to the Lake District. Although their wool quality is somewhat lower than other breeds, Herdwicks are known for their good health and their ability to survive on the difficult terrain of the Lake District. Author Beatrix Potter used to keep and breed Herdwick sheep.

So there we are - some interesting facts about Cumbria!

Do you now feel inspired to visit the area? Perhaps you could visit Grizedale Forest and impart some of your knowledge on one of our tribe? Test them, or impress them! See you soon!

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