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Until recent years known as Cumberland. The county was formed from Cumberland and Westmoreland in 1974. The most north westerly county in England and home to the world famous Lake District. Think of Shelley, Wordsworth and Keats. Yes, that "Host of Golden Daffodils" grew in this very county.

Cumbria covers an expanse of some 2,629 square miles with it's administrative centre in Carlisle. Other major towns to be found in Cumbria are Barrow-in-Furness, Kendal, Whitehaven, Workington and Penrith.

The Lake District contains England's highest peak in Scafell Pike which stands 3,210 feet above sea level. Along with the highest mountain Cumbria also holds the largest lake in Lake Windermere, 10.5 miles long and 1 mile wide.

The traditional steel, coal and iron of the coastal towns has been replaced by the modern industries such as chemicals, plastics and electronics. To the north and east of the county dairy farming is prevailant with West Cumberland Farmers being Great Britain's largest agricultural co-operative.

One famous son of Cumbria is William Wordsworth with the home of Samuel Coleridge to be found at Keswick.

Cumbria's population is 500,000 which when taken with it's size bears witness to the expanse of countryside he holds.

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