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Lakes is a large civil parish in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria, England, with a population of 5,127 according to the 2001 census,decreasing to 4,420 at the 2011 Census. It covers the small town of Ambleside, and the villages and hamlets of Clappersgate, Rydal, Grasmere, Troutbeck, Chapel Stile, Elterwater, Little Langdale, and Waterhead.
The parish was formed in 1934 as an urban district, despite being largely rural, under a County Review Order, by a merger of Ambleside and Grasmere urban districts and parts of Windermere Urban District, South Westmorland Rural District and West Ward Rural District.
The A 592 trunk road passes through the Eastern area of the parish. The col of the kirkstone pass, at a point approx., 200 m North of the Kirkstone Inn, marks the Northern boundary, of the civil parish.
It is the area covered by the Kelsick Foundation, an organisation that helps locals with the costs of extra-curricular activities for children.
The urban district had an area of 49,917 acres (202.01 km2). or 202 km².