Fishing on Lake Thirlmere in the Lake District

Fishing on Lake Thirlmere. Image by Dave Zdanowicz


Windermere, Ullswater and Buttermere consistently top the list for many visitors, each one offering splendid vistas. The deepest lake, Wastwater, could be considered the most impressive owing to its rugged and imposing surroundings, including England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike. Whether you want to be in the water or on the water, you’ll find a plethora of activities available including fishing, sailing, stand-up paddle boarding and windsurfing.


Hikers near Keswick in the Lake District

Hikers near Keswick. Image by Amit Jagnade


The Lake District is also a haven for land-lovers, particularly walkers, climbers and cyclists. The network of footpaths is dense, with most of them well marked. For those that don’t wish to make the ascent into the fells there is huge scope for excellent low-level walking, either along the valley floors, by the lakesides, or through woods to see one of the many waterfalls. However, it is well worth making the effort to seek out one of the viewpoints, and thankfully not all the walks to reach these locations are overly arduous. Ultimately though, the sense of achievement from making it to the top of one of the fells is a powerful one, and one of the biggest draws for visitors to this magnificent area.


Duke of Portland Boathouse on Ullswater in the Lake District

Taking a cruise is a great way to experience the Lakes. Image by Mark Bulmer


There is plenty to do for families or those seeking more sedate pastimes. Taking an organised cruise is a wonderfully relaxing way to take in the scenery. As one of the darkest places in the UK, stargazing on a clear night is absolutely mesmerising. Wordworth’s final resting place and Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House are popular with literary fans. And there are many happy hours to be spent wandering the cobbled streets of charmingly nostalgic towns and villages such as Ambleside, Keswick and Grasmere. 


Going for a ride near Ambleside in the Lake District

Going for a ride near Ambleside. Image by Gary Butterfield


The Lake District is a magical place to view the night sky in all its starry splendour. Grizedale Forest between Windermere and Coniston Lakes has a variety of star gazing events with talks and telescopes provided. If you want to go it alone, you can – the forest has a number of car parks and cycle routes making it easily accessible. Just be sure to bring warm clothing even in summer.