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Five questions about Kendal and the Lake District – Quick Quiz answers

We asked you five quick trivia questions about Kendal and the Lake District. Here are the answers:

  1. How many lakes are there in the Lake District?
    Aha! This is a trick question – most of the “lakes” in the Lake District are actually meres, waters, tarns, etc – Windermere, Coniston Water, Derwentwater, Thirlmere, Brotherswater, Rydal Water etc. etc. There’s actually only one lake, which is Bassenthwaite Lake, about 4 miles/7 km east of Cockermouth.)
  2. Which Kendal resident wrote a number of famous walking guides to the area?
    Alfred Wainwright. A native of Blackburn, Wainwright spent 13 years from 1952 to 1965 researching and writing his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, which is still regarded as the definitive guide to hill-walking in the Lake District today.
  3. William Wordsworth’s poem “I wandered lonely as a cloud” is also known by what name?
    “Daffodils” (or “The Daffodils”). Inspired by a walk Wordsworth took beside Ullswater with his sister Dorothy in April 1802, the poem was originally published in 1807, but the version published in 1815 with an extra stanza is the more famous one.
  4. Why did Kendal mint cake achieve greater recognition in 1953?
    It was taken on the successful Everest expedition that year, in which Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary became the first people to set foot on the summit. It won high praise as a very portable high-energy food, the only complaint being that the expedition didn’t have enough of it with them!
  5. What is the name of the place near Kendal that gave John Cunliffe the inspiration behind the fictional valley of Greendale in Postman Pat?
    Longsleddale, which is the name of a valley and civil parish about 8 miles/13 km north of Kendal. The valley had a total population of 73 in the 2001 census. Brummie-born Cunliffe lived and worked as a teacher in Kendal for six years.

(Questions courtesy of Kendal Holiday Cottages)

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