Barrow-in-Furness is located in Cumbria, north-western England. It became a major shipbuilding centre now specializing in the construction of submarines and the shipyard is still a major employer. From here you can reach the Lake District National Park, largest national park in Britain, covering 2,292 sq km (885 sq miles). It is an area of glaciated mountains-including Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England at 978 m (3,209 ft). These highlands are dissected by valleys, known as dales, containing the lakes, known as "meres" (Windermere, Grasmere, Thirlmere) or "waters" (Ullswater, Wastwater, Coniston Water). The animal life of the Lake District includes three unique species of fish: the schelly, the vendace, and the char; and a number of golden eagles. Human settlement began in the Lake District at least 5,000 years ago, when the Pike o'Stickle and other mountains became the source of stone for axes and the sites of stone circles at Castlerigg and elsewhere.
The Lakes began to attract wider attention after the publication, in 1835, of a Guide of the Lakes, written by one of the area's most famous residents, the poet William Wordsworth. He suggested that the Lake District should become "a sort of national property".
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