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The Lake District - UK Glacial Landscape

The Lake District, an example of a place with Glacial Landforms
Approximately two million years ago, the Lake District was a mountainous area with intersecting river valleys. Colder periods followed which led to ice ages.  During these colder periods ice flowed out from the central core, following the river valleys, deepening and widening them, and depositing streamlined till and other depositional features on the lower land. This makes the Lake District a great example of a place with glacial landforms.
Lake District
The Central Lake District has mountains and ridges cut by wide, steep-sided ‘U' shaped valleys often occupied by ribbon lakes such as Windemere.  Langdale is a spectacular U shaped valley, with large lateral moraines running up the sides.
The Easedale valley has a number of moraine features including recessional and ground moraines.  Further South East, the area around Kendal has some spectacular drumlins.  Kendal Castle is actually built on top of a drumlin!

Kendal Drumlins

Above - Drumlins near Kendal Source

The Bowder Stone in Borrowdale, Cumbria is thought to be a 2,000 ton erratic thought to originate in Scotland.


Helvellyn from the air in December. Red Tarn (centre) is flanked by Striding Edge (left) and Swirral Edge - Simon Ledingham

Greaster Langdale Valley

Langdale - a classic U shaped valley

Easedale Valley

Easedale Valley

Moraine deposits in Easedale


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