The 10 most breathtaking landscapes in the Lake District, UK

The 10 most popular tourist attractions in Lake District, England

The Lake District of England is located in Cumbria and is named for the 16 glacial lakes that lie in long ribbons among its falls, marshes and green valleys. The area, which measures only about 48 by 64 kilometers, has 180 falls over 609 meters in elevation, one of which is 978 meters Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. Most of the tourist activity is in the southern half of the region, where most of the historic literary attractions lie, and the natural features of the quieter north are more popular with tourists and nature lovers. Lakes County has inspired writers, including William Wordsworth, John Ruskin, and Beatrix Potter, whose homes are popular places to visit, as well as artists Gainsborough, Turner, and Constable. Much of the region is included in Lakes National Park. You can travel to the Lake District by train, and you’ll find hotel accommodations throughout the region, as well as B&Bs in country cottages.

See also: Where to stay in the Lake District

1 Lake District National Park

Lake District National Park

The 1,343-square-kilometer Lake District National Park includes some of the nation’s largest lakes, the highest peak and some of its beautiful scenery. The scenery and nature have inspired writers, poets and artists, some of whom have made their homes here. Some of the lakes have historic boats you can ride on, and the entire region is surrounded by a network of hiking and walking trails. You can explore the area by car, bus, bicycle or on foot, and you can also take a train to Windermere from Kendal, where the park headquarters is located. The park’s visitor center is located in Brockhole and the boating center in Coniston. Along with the lakes, some of the scenic attractions are the beautiful Newlands Valley, magnificent views from Sphinx Rock, and the dramatic drive over Kirkstone Pass (the scenery is best to the north). There are lakeside villages with activities and places to visit throughout the park, as well as miles of scenic roads and trails for sightseeing.

2 Lake Windermere.

The most famous and busiest of the lakes, Windermere is about 16 miles, and you can explore it with Lake Windermere Cruises , which also serves as a ferry between points. At the south end of the lake, the Havertowait Steam Railroad locomotives take tourists to the Leven Valley. You can combine this trip with a lake cruise. Also on the south end is the Lakes Aquarium, with Britain’s largest collection of freshwater fish. At the restored Victorian Fell Foot Park, near Newby Bridge, you can picnic and hire rowboats in beautifully restored old boats to explore the lake and the Leven River. The park also has a nice playground for children.

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3 Kastetrige Circle

Of the more than 300 stone circles in England, Castlerigg is not only among the oldest, but also one of the most atmospheric. It is sharply placed, with 38 stones aligned with the tallest of the surrounding falls, and a stage uncluttered by reception or souvenir stands. Yours may be the only car. Unlike most stone circles in England, which are Bronze Age burial sites dating from 2000 to 800 B.C., this one was built around 3000 B.C. in the Neolithic period. Over 30 meters in diameter, there were originally 42 stones, over two meters high. Stop by at sunset for full dramatic effect.

Address: Castle Lane, Underskidda, Keswick, Cumbria

4 Coniston Water.

About eight kilometers long and less than a kilometer long, Coniston Water is located under the eastern slope of the mountain known as Old Man Coniston, which towers over the lake and the village of Coniston. You can explore the lake aboard an 1859 sailboat or a solar-powered Coniston Launch gondola, or go under your own steam by hiring a boat or bike from Coniston Boating Center.

Scenic boat rides include a stop at Brantwood , home of John Ruskin, one of the most influential minds of the Victorian era. His former home offers insight into his work as well as fine art and objects collected on his extensive travels. The house is set in gardens with views of the lake and falls. The village is home to the Ruskin Museum, which tells the story of Coniston from its early Stone Age inhabitants.

Official website: http://www.brantwood.org.uk

5 Derwentwater.

Less than five kilometers away, Derwentwater is an idyllic lake at the northern end of the national park and a 10-minute walk from downtown Keswick. To the west is the Cutbells Ridge and to the east is the eastern Fryar Rock, a favorite viewpoint. At the southern end opens up the beautiful Boomerdale Valley.

Keswick Launch Co. does a one-hour lake circuit in small boats that stop at seven points where you can hop off to explore or follow the lake’s trails and catch the next boat at another stop. There is a 12-kilometer walk around the entire perimeter of the lake. In Keswick, it’s hard to resist a stop at the quaint Pencil Museum , where you’ll learn how they’re made and how the discovery of graphite began with all the local industry.

6 Ullswater.

At 14 kilometers long and less than two kilometers, Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District. Its location is also beautiful, beneath Mount Hellellin. You can explore the lake on the 1887 Lakeshore or the 1889 Crow, both of which come from the attractive village of Pooley Bridge, whose origins date back to the 16th century.Ullswater is a particular favorite for hikers and walkers, who can follow the 32-kilometer Ullswater Way around the lake or combine the trail with boats for a 12-kilometer hike.

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The highlight on the walk around the lake, between Sila Ira and Glenridding, is the magnificent Aira Falls , where a stone bridge connects a 19-meter waterfall. Between Pooley Bridge and Sila Aira the Ullswater Way leads to Maiden’s Fortress , a former stronghold with spectacular views over the Ullswater Valley.

7 Hill Top

Hill Top Stephen Allport / photo modified

Bought in 1905 with her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, the 17th-century farmhouse in Hill-Verse and the surrounding countryside inspired many Beatrice Potter books. When she left the house and farm at the National Trust, she indicated that it would be shown in the same condition as when she lived there, and you can see items in each room that relate to her stories. Along with the dollhouse setting for “A Tale of Two Bad Mice,” you will see the table on which she wrote. The garden is a charming and seemingly random mix of flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruits where you will expect one of her characters to disappear. It is a very popular attraction, and there is often a wait in the house; reservations cannot be made in advance.

Address: Near Sory, Ambleside

Official website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top

8 Catbells High Ridge Hike.

Catbells High Ridge Hike.

The distinctive Catbells Peak lures hikers of all abilities, a short half-day climb to the final drop on the long ridge that separates Derwentwater from Newlands Valley. The peak is 451 feet high, and you can climb up and back out of Keswick for a spectacular view. Although it is a short climb, and the trail is good, it is steep in places. Once at the top, strong walkers won’t be able to resist the next ridge along the falls of Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head, Hindskrath and Robinson before descending into Newlands Valley. It’s a 14-kilometer hike with dramatic scenery along the entire open ridge line.

9 Dove Cottage.

The first family home of the great British poet William Wordsworth, Dove Cottage is a traditional Lakeland cottage with dark wooden walls and stone floors heated by coal fires. Still furnished with Wordsworth’s family belongings, the cottage looks much as it did when the poet lived and wrote here, and is a mirror of life in the early 19th century. Next door, in a separate museum, you can see memorabilia about the poet, his family, his travels and his work. His years at Dove Cottage were some of his most productive, when he was inspired by the Lakeland landscape and the garden he and his sister planted outside their cottage. He wrote some of his poems here, among the flowers, vegetables, butterflies and birds.

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Address: Grasmere, Ambleside

Official website: https://wordsworth.org.uk/

10 Rydal Mount & Gardens

Rydal Mount & Gardens Matt Brown / photo modified

The poet William Wordsworth lived at Rydal Mount from 1813 until his death in 1850, at the age of 80. In this house overlooking Lake Windermere, Ridal Water and Fall he wrote some of his favorite works and revised many of his early works for publication, including his most famous poem, “Daffodils.” Large rooms were added to the original Tudor cottage in 1750, but the original stone floors and wooden beams remain in the dining room, part of the old cottage. Elsewhere you will see the bedrooms and study of Wordsworth’s attic. Throughout the house there are portraits, memorabilia, and first editions of Wordsworth’s works.

Compared to the poet’s garden created at Dove Cottage, the one at Rydal Mount is a more spacious four acres, with terraces, stone pools, rare views and vibrant displays of flowers in different seasons. It has been preserved as he originally designed it. In good weather, from March to October, the tea room spills out onto the garden terrace.

Address: Rydal Mount, Ambleside

Official website: www.rydalmount.co.uk/

Where to stay in the Lake District for sightseeing

We recommend these delightful hotels and B&Bs in the Lake District:

    Cedar Manor Hotel and Restaurant: luxury boutique Windermere hotel, walk to town, lake views, fantastic food, elegant decor.

Britain’s 10 Most Beautiful Places

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Great Britain is one of the most beautiful and frequently visited countries. Tourists from all over the world love Great Britain for its beautiful nature, interesting sights and rich cultural heritage.

Lake District, England

The Lake District, England.

It is also known as the Lake Valley . Located in the northwestern part of England, in the county of Cumbria, it is one of the most visited places in the county.

It is famous for its beautiful scenery, steep mountains and valley, blue lakes and forests which have inspired many artists and writers, including Beatrix Potter, the famous children’s writer who was also an artist.

Tourists and locals love to go boating, walk through the valleys, and visit the small, comfortable villages at the foot of the mountains. About 14 million tourists visit the Lake District each year .

Loch Ness Lake, Scotland

Loch Ness Lake, Scotland

This lake is famous for being home to an animal called Nessie. Around the world it is called “Loch Ness Monster” after the name of the lake.

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The lake is 37 km long and 2 km wide . Its maximum depth is 200 m . Loch Ness is the deepest body of water in Britain.

The lake is surrounded by mountains covered with forests and valleys. From the shore you can see the beautiful scenery and on the shore you can visit the Loch Ness Monster Museum, where you can find out more about this amazing creature.

Portmeirion, Wales

Portmeirion, Wales

Portmeirion at first glance looks like a fake town, used for making movies. It is actually an Italian-style tourist village founded in 1925. Portmerion’s creator, Clough Williams-Ellis, completed the village for 50 years – until 1975.

The homes, hotels, cafes, restaurants, and other buildings here are painted in bright colors, and the streets are filled with beautiful details-beds, ponds, decorative pools, hedges, and even palm trees. Walking around Portmeirion feels like being in a fairytale city.

South Stack, Wales

South Stack, Wales

South Stack is a small rocky island in the Irish Sea. On top of it there is a 28-metre high lighthouse, which is a round white tower. Every 10 seconds the lighthouse produces a bright flash visible from 20 miles away. It also has a fog horn that can be heard within 2 nautical miles of the lighthouse.

It’s worth visiting the island if only for the breathtaking view of the Irish Sea from a height of 60 meters. Standing on the edge of the island, you can feel as if you are on the edge of the world.

The Fairy Pools, Scotland

The Fairy Pools, Scotland

The Fairy Pools is one of the most beautiful places on the Isle of Skye, located in the south of Scotland. The area is surrounded by dark and gloomy, but insanely beautiful mountains, from which several waterfalls fall to form a small rocky pond. The water in the pond is crystal-clear and clear, and the views of the water streams from the shore are stunning.

Cape Beechy Head, England.

Cape Beechy Head, England

Cape Beechy Head, in the south of England, is a huge chalk cliff rising to 162m above the sea. From its edge you have a beautiful view of the sea and a 43-meter high automatic lighthouse.

However, despite its beauty and grandeur, the place is notorious. Cape Beachy Head has the 3rd highest number of suicides in the world. Each year about 20 people are thrown from the cliff into the sea.

Castle Combe, England

Castle Combe, England

Castle Combe is known as the most beautiful village in England, and the Times Magazine gave it 2nd place in the ranking of the most beautiful villages in the world. Its population is just 350 people.

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The beauty of this small village is that it has a completely medieval look – all the buildings are built in the XIV-XV centuries. Of course, some of them have been renovated, but outside they look completely medieval.

The village has a school, a pub, several stores, a square and even a luxury hotel. There is also a small medieval castle, which is built in the same style as the houses in Castle Combe. There is a beautiful park near the castle.

Castle Combe is really a very beautiful and nice place. Walking around the village and its surroundings you can feel like a resident of medieval England.

Bath, England

Bath, England

Bath is a small town that is a major balneotherapy resort in England. There are 4 hot springs in the city, the average temperature of which is 46 degrees Celsius. Healing water helps in the treatment of diseases of the musculoskeletal system and several other pathologies. Bathing season here lasts from November to April.

In addition, Bath is not only a resort, but also a very beautiful city, many buildings which date back to the Middle Ages. The main cultural and historical attractions are:

  • Royal Crescent – a residential street of 30 closely spaced crescent-shaped houses.
  • Bath Circus – a circular building built by the same architect who designed the Royal Crescent.
  • Bath Abbey – an Anglican church built in the 7th century. The beautiful building has a Gothic architectural style.
  • Paltney Bridge is an ancient three-arch bridge over the Avon River.

Windsor Castle, England

Windsor Castle, England

Windsor Castle was built over 900 years ago. Today it is the official residence of British monarchs as well as the burial place of many former British rulers. The rooms of the castle have a beautiful and richly decorated interior.

Most of them, except those in which members of the royal family reside, are open to the public. The halls display paintings by Rembrandt, Raphael, Rubens and other famous artists. Near the castle are several parks and gardens, through which you can stroll freely.

London, England

London, England

The capital of the whole of Great Britain is the most beautiful city in the country. There are plenty of museums and art galleries, parks and gardens, bright and colorful theaters, and shopping malls to keep you entertained.

The most popular attractions in the city are:

  • Big Ben Clock and the Palace of Westminster.
  • Tower Bridge and the medieval Tower Castle.
  • Buckingham Palace.
  • Westminster Abbey.
  • Trafalgar Square.
  • British Museum.

Also must-see London Eye is a 135-meter ferris wheel that is the largest in Europe. From the highest point you can see almost all of London and its suburbs.

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