Farming and Agriculture in the Lake District and Cumbria
Farming has been the major industry in the Lake District throughout history, with sheep farming being the most common; not surprising given the mountainous landscape of the majority of Cumbria. Sheep are able to cope with the rugged terrain and harsh climate of the high hills. The lower regions allow for beef, dairy as well as sheep farming. Over the last century forestry has become an important part of the agricultural landscape with extensive planting of conifer plantations which can be seen across the whole of the Lake District and Cumbria.