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Lake District lies in Cumbria, the extreme northwest county of England. The place is widely considered one of the most beautiful in the country, and has provided inspiration to many artists, writers and musicians.
The county has a distinct local dialect that has developed over the centuries more or less in isolation from the rest of England due to the geographical remoteness of the region (though there are some Norse and Celtic influences). There is even a wide variation in speech between different parts of the region, but a large number of unique vocabulary words and pronunciation rules are common to all areas.
Since the time of the Romans, farming has been a major part of the economy, especially sheep-herding. The locals even used a system of counting sheep called Yan Tan Thethera, though this has fallen out of practice. The area was thus badly affected when foot-and-mouth disease struck Great Britain, when many of the sheep had to be culled to prevent an epidemic.
Today, the Lake District National Park ensures that the area remains mainly a wildlife habitat and does not become exposed to industrial development. As a result, many of the cultural attractions in the area are natural or historical in nature, such as gardens, restored farmhouse museums, historic manors, and small art galleries or markets of local crafts.