This is a lake-lovers dream land. For beauty and sheer variety, for scenery and spectacle, nothing can really beat the northern and western lakes. 

Home to Derwentwater, Buttermere and Wastwater, to Keswick and Cockermouth, the area meets the sea in the west at Ravenglass and has views from the Back o’ Skiddaw - the Northern Fells - to the Solway Firth.

Derwentwater, often called the Queen of the Lakes, stretches away to the south of Keswick, the town itself wonderfully located with Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake to the north and Borrowdale to the south.

A narrow road through Borrowdale eventually ascends Honister Pass before dropping down into Buttermere and then on to Crummock Water and poet William Wordsworth’s birthplace of Cockermouth. Loweswater is not far from here either.  

Further south and west are Ennerdale, Eskdale, Wasdale, Scafell Pike (England’s highest mountain) and Wastwater (England’s deepest lake). 

The logo of the Lake District National Park shows Wastwater’s ‘iconic view’, with Great Gable in the centre, Yewbarrow fell on the left and Lingmell fell on the right. It was ‘Britain’s favourite view’, according to ITV watchers a few years ago.

The Lake District

The Lake District

The Lake District

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The Lake District

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