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The Lake District National Park

The Lake District National Park

Shopping here, supports here Every penny you spend in our online shop goes back into protecting the Lake District National Park. The valleys and lakes radiate outwards as the ‘spokes’. Our staff include rangers and field workers, advisers at our visitor centres, planners and ecologists. The Lake District National Park Authority looks after this unique corner of England, encouraging people to enjoy and understand its beauty and helping those who live and work here.

Landscape and geology

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Landscape and geology A land carved from rock In the Lake District, million years of geological processes have produced a physical landscape of mountains and lakes of great scenic beauty.

Slate developed from sediments in oceans and seas, volcanoes erupted, limestone was formed by the deposition of dead crustaceans and sandstone was created in desert conditions. Various minerals were also formed in joints and faults in the bedrock. The Lake District is often compared to a wheel, with the The Lake District National Park approximately at Dunmail Raise, north of Grasmere. The valleys and lakes radiate outwards as the ‘spokes’. They were formed as black muds and sands settling on the seabed about million years ago.

They have since been raised up and crumpled and squeezed. Borrowdale Volcanic Group Found in the central Lake District, the ‘Borrowdale Volcanics’ are very hard lavas and ashes formed in catastrophic eruptions about million years ago. They make up the highest and craggiest mountains: Scafell, Helvellyn and the Langdale Pikes. These peaks are not the remains of the original volcanoes – they are the harder volcanic rocks that have withstood erosion.

Windermere Group Sedimentary mudstones, sandstones, siltstones and some limestone formed in the sea about million years ago. These were later folded and faulted, pushed up, and eroded down to their present levels former the gentler scenery of southern Lakeland. Granite Huge masses of granite formed about million years ago deep below the Lake District.

Erosion has revealed outcrops in Eskdale, Ennerdale and at Shap. Limestone million years ago a tropical sea covered the Lake District. The shell remains of incredible numbers of small animals formed limestone which is visible at Whitbarrow Scar and Scout Scar in the south of the National Park.

Why are there so many Glacier National Park To Great Falls Mt The Lake The Lake District National Park has over fourteen lakes and tarns. The high rainfall, combined with the extra deep glacial valleys, means that the valleys are able to store large volumes of water.

Honister — a U-shaped valley carved out of volcanic rock by glacial action Useful links.

A land carved from rock

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They make up the highest and craggiest mountains: Scafell, Helvellyn and the Langdale Pikes. Why are there so many lakes? The Lake District is often compared to a wheel, with the hub approximately at Dunmail Raise, north of Grasmere. Honister — a U-shaped valley carved out of volcanic rock by glacial action Useful links.