We are often asked what the names of mountains and places actually mean. Many words originated from 'Old English' or 'Old Norse' (Viking) and do have a meaning attached. Here's a few that we know of, more will follow over time so do check back if interested.
Many want to know about the sheep too. These are known as Herdwick and are native to the Central and Western fells of the Lake District. They are the hardiest breed in the UK. Photo above was taken in the Troutbeck valley on the lower slopes of Wansfell.
'Ambleside' - this partly originates from a persons name (the first part of the word), and would probably have been a summer pasture for that person or family.
'Raven crag' - a crag / cliff where Ravens have historically frequented. There are many such crags in the District.
'Black Sail Pass' - a mountain pass or col that is dark & boggy / marshy.
'Elterwater' - Swan Lake.
'Langdale' - Long valley. Langstrath gives a similar meaning, but may add to that a long & boggy valley.
'Pike' - a pointed and rocky summit.
'Howe' - a pointed and rocky formation but not a mountain summit.
'Scafell Pike' - a bare and rocky, pointed summit.
'Sour Milk Ghyll' - a stream with many cascading waterfalls that produce a milky appearance, especially when in spate.
'Yewdale' - valley of the Yew tree.
'Thwaite' - a clearing.
'Rigg' - a ridge.
'Tarn' - a small upland lake.