The Lake District

The Lake District, sometimes known as 'The Lakes' or 'Lakeland' is a world renowned tourist destination and the best known UK destination brand, after London. It is famous, perhaps obviously, for its unique 'lakes and fells' landscape, imortalised by well-known poets, writers and artists, such as William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Thomas De Quincey.

The Lake District National Park was designated in 1951 and the area now enjoys the protection that this brings as well as in 2017 being awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status. England has no other areas above 3,000 feet, apart from within the Lake District National Park, which also has England's highest mountain; Scafell Pike [3209ft, 978m].

Strangely, there is actually only one true lake; Bassenthwaite Lake. Most are 'meres' or 'waters', the main ones include:

Bassenthwaite Lake; Brotherswater; Buttermere; Coniston Water; Crummock Water; Derwent Water; Devoke Water; Elterwater; Ennerdale Water; Esthwaite Water; Grasmere; Haweswater Reservoir; Hayeswater; Loweswater; Rydal Water; Thirlmere; Ullswater; Wast Water; Windermere. Below are some of our favourites......

lake windermere

Windermere

Lake Windermere - our nearest Lake and the longest body of water in England.

Coniston

With Coniston Old Man, Walna Scar and the Coniston Launch to enjoy.

coniston
Keswick & Derwentwater

Keswick & Derwentwater

Keswick - a lovely market town with Derwentwater and Basenthwaite to visit.

Blea Tarn

Tranquil Blea Tarn with spectacular views of the Langdale Pikes.

Blea Tarn
Buttermere & Crummock Water

Buttermere & Crummock Water

Buttermere and Crummock Water in the North Western Lake District. Wild and wonderful and a special treat in May when the Rannerdale Blue Bells flood the lake side.

Grasmere

Grasmere, a village with a great choice of independent shops and places to eat. Helm Crag for a great walk with views looking down to pretty Grasmere.

grasmere
wasdale & wastwater

Wasdale & Wastwater

The Wasdale Valley in the Western Lake District and Britain's favourite view. Home to England's deepest body of water - Wastwater and England's highest peak - Scafell Pike.

Loweswater

Loweswater in the Western Lake District. To the North West of Crummock Water and well worth visiting.

Loweswater
Devoke Water

Devoke Water

Devoke Water is a true hidden gem perched half way up Biker Fell in the Western Lake District close to Eskdale.