10 amazing facts about Windermere and the Lake District

1.Windermere Slave Trade

Storrs Hall was built by a wealthy shipowner, John Bolton, who dealt in the slavery trade. Slaves were kept in the cellars of Storrs Hall until they were sold.

2.Lighting up Windermere

The towns of Windermere and Bowness were the second region of England to have electric street lights, which were supplied from a hydro-electric plant at Troutbeck Bridge.

3.Frozen Windermere

In 1895 Windermere became ice-bound for 6 weeks, making it possible to walk across from one side to the other. If you are planning a trip to the Lakes, why not book into a romantic Windermere cottage for two?

4.The Drunken Duck at Ambleside

The Drunken Duck Inn received its name after beer accidentally drained into a ditch that the local ducks frequented. The ducks lapped up the alcohol and passed into a lifeless stupor. The landlady, thinking they were dead, set about plucking them ready for the oven but soon realised what had happened. The ducks were reprieved from being roasted and given knitted jerseys and kilts to wear until their feathers grew back.

5.Elephant Shoe at Hawkshead

An elephant shoe known as Haaksid's Girt Clog was specially made for John Waterson, the local mole catcher, who contracted a form of elephantiasis that greatly enlarged his left foot. The shoe, measuring 20 inches (50 cm) long and 16 inches (40 cm) wide, is on view inside the Queen's Head Hotel in Hawkshead.

6.Hawkshead cakes

Hawkshead was well known for two baking specialities: Seed Whigs and Hawkshead Cakes. Seed Whigs were oblong-shaped tea cakes flavoured with caraway seeds. Hawkshead Cakes were pastries filled with currants, sugar and butter.

7.Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire

The counties of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire once converged at the summit of Wrynose Pass, each county identified by stones marked with a C, W and L. In the centre of the three stones is a vertical monolith to William Field of Cartmel, a staunch Lancastrian, who inscribed one side with ‘Lancashire' and inserted his initials and the date of 1816 on the other.

8.Pubs in Penrith

In 1829, Penrith had 57 pubs for its population of 5,383 - one for every 94 residents. 9.The Giant´s Grave

In St Andrew's churchyard, Penrith, lies the Giant's Grave, possible resting place of Owen, King of Cumbria in the 10th century. It comprises two pre-Norman crosses and four Norse ‘hogback' tombstones. Legend also associates the grave with Sir Owen Caesarius, a mythical giant who supposedly lived in a cave by the river Eamont.

10.The Giant's Thumb

The Giants Thumb, a badly worn Norse cross in St Andrew's churchyard, Penrith, is thought to date from the 10th century.

Wherever you decide to stay in the Lake District you can unearth some quirky, fun facts in most villages and towns during your stay. Why not make the most of your visit and book into a luxury, romantic Windermere cottage?