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    • Historically inhabited and visited by Romantic and Victorian poets, this place has acquired a promising oneiric character for whoever visits it.

    The Lake District of Scotland / 

    Historically, the Scottish Lake District, was shared by the Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire counties, however, it is now entirely in modern Cumbria. This region has twenty principal lakes and hundreds of bodies of water which are not called lakes but mere or wáter, which are smaller. All this is surrounded by valleys and rocks, eroded plains and oak and softwood forests that are covered with moss, as if this was the home of fairies.

    But the Lakes, as this region is also known, is not just famous because of its dark bodies of water, forests and mountains, but also for its association with the Romantic poets of the nineteenth century, also referred to as the Lake Poets, who pensively walked throughout the surroundings as they left testimony of the region in their work. William Wordsworth who spent sixty years in this area wrote ‘I Wandered Lonley as a Cloud’ inspired by the daffodils of Ullswater lake.

    Like him, Coleridge, Southey and Thomas de Quincey (the main Lake Poets) lived and travelled over the Lakes writing poems that range from luminous to absolutely bleak and memorable. In addition to this group, who lived here, many other writers and famous characters vacationed and visited the Lake Poets, among these Shelley, Lord Byron, Sir Walter Scott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, John Keats, Lord Tennyson, Thomas Carlyle, Beatrix Potter and Ernest Hemingway.

    There is something in the Lake District that has called so many geniuses forth to its lands, and has recurrently been embodied in literature. It has also earned a special place in the sphere of occultism. Aleister Crowley, like some kind of a second Loch Ness monster, climbed the rocks and crags of the Lakes over and over again to train his mind and to trust his own resources. Now the Lake District of Scotland is not just a beautiful place but, it is also inhabited by all the ghosts that walked these lands and immortalised it. 

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