The largest of the UK’s national parks, the Lake District boasts an impressive 16 lakes and over 150 high peaks. It is also home to some six nature reserves, 50 dales and 100 sites of special scientific interest. When it comes to picking out the most beautiful attractions in this lush, green landscape, you really are spoiled for choice.
If you’re planning to book one of the many holiday cottages offered by rental agencies such as Lakelovers and you’re seeking sightseeing ideas for your stay, the following attractions are well worth a look. They are among the most beautiful in the Lake District, if not the world.
Stretching out for over 10 miles, Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. This long waterway lies between Ambleside and Newby Bridge and it has been a tourist favourite since the railways arrived in the area in the middle of the 19th century. From Bowness-on-Windermere, you can take a picturesque boat trip around the lake and its many islands. Don’t expect to have the place to yourself though. This is the most popular spot for holidaymakers in the national park.
Just to the west of this majestic waterway you’ll find Coniston Water. This is the stretch of water made famous by Sir Malcolm Campbell and his son Donald when they set a number of water-speed records between the 1930s and 1960s. However, you can expect a much more serene atmosphere if you visit the area now.
Quieter than Windermere, this is another great place to take a boat ride. Between March and November, you can book yourself onto the Victorian Steam Yacht Gondola. Renovated by the National Trust, this attractive vessel features two saloons that make the ideal setting from which to view the stunning scenery. You can also take a trip on the solar-powered Coniston Launch.
If it’s hiking you’re after, it’s hard to beat Great Langdale. This is home to some of the best walking routes in the area. The Great Langdale valley spans 12,170 acres and much of the land is cared for by the National Trust. Meanwhile, the surrounding fells include Crinkle Crags, Rossett Pike, Pike O’Blisco and the Langdale Pikes. The last of these attracts many walkers. However, more experienced hikers often prefer the circuit that takes them along Crinkle Crags and Bowfell. Whichever route you opt for, you can rest assured you’ll experience fabulous views.
Also known as The Tarns, Tarn Hows is a popular visitor spot in Lakeland. This waterway, which is surrounded by trees, is striking to look at. It was created in the mid-19th century when a local landowner decided to enhance the vista by combining three pools. From The Tarns, you can look out towards the Helvellyn range, the Langdale Pikes and Wetherlam.
You can also wander around the 1.5 mile walkway that traces the perimeter of the pools. This well-maintained path is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs too. Bear in mind though, during the height of the summer season, this location tends to get pretty packed and you might struggle to find a space in the National Trust car park. Instead, you can make the short trip on foot from Coniston or Hawkshead. When you see how attractive this part of the national park is, you’ll understand why Beatrix Potter bought it when it came up for sale in 1929.
It’s impossible to narrow down the best of the Lake District’s beauty spots into a short list. These visitor attractions simply give you a flavour of what this vast, undulating national park has to offer. There is plenty more to see and do in this popular holiday spot.