Women walking by Elterwater in the 1940s


Become a time traveller

Think of the Lake District and you’ll probably think of nature at its most beautiful. But this spectacular landscape is far from natural.

People have lived here for over 12,000 years. Their actions have shaped the landscape we see today, just as our actions will shape the landscape of tomorrow.

Find out more about the area’s history in:

And in our places to visit section.

Feeling arty?

Colouring-in sheet examples

Bring Vikings to life, give some zing to a Roman or cheer up a churchyard with your colouring! There's also swirly rock art, milling around at the Bobbin Mill and apple pies and gas masks.

Feel free to print out any of our colouring-in sheets:

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Created with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund