Lake District Landmarks and Highlights

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Lake District Highlights and Landmarks

Famous towns, views, trails, mountains, lakes, waterfalls, walks and scenery. A mini-guide to the best, most interesting and well known parts of the Lake District National Park.  The Lake District is England’s largest national park and one of Britain’s most breath-taking regions, famous for its influence on the “romantic poets” Wordsworth and Coleridge. We are home to England’s longest lake, Windermere, deepest lake, Wastwater;  and highest mountain, Scafell Pike. There are only 5 peaks over 900m in England and they are all here in the Lakes.

Given the sheer scale of the National Park, at 885 square miles, with 3,500 km of footpaths and 12 of the largest lakes in the country, it’s very hard to narrow the Lakes down to a list of “bullet points” but we tried!


Landscapes and Natural Features:

Grizedale Forest
In the heart of the Lake District nr Hawkshead village, Grizedale is 24.47 km² area of low hilly woodland perfect for walking and mountain biking. It’s also famous for its sculptures (about 90) mostly made from local wood and stone.
It has cafes, well-marked paths and trails. It’s a brilliant place for family activities.

Aira Force Waterfall and Ullswater Valley
Near Penrith the Ullswater Valley is a place of tranquil woodland glades and rolling hills. Theres watersports available on Ullswater Lake or you can walk to the nearby Aira Force, a tumbling  65ft waterfall that can be reached by an enchanting stroll through the ancient forests, the perfect place for a family picnic.

Scafell Pike
England’s highest mountain (measuring 978 M – 3,209 ft) standing on the western edge of one of a horseshoe of high fells (mountains) open to the south, surrounding the head of the river Esk. The walk up Scafell Pike and the summit view has been inspiring writers such as Coleridge and Wordsworth for generations. The summit itself is covered in shattered rocks, on a clear day, you can see the Isle of Man, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. The fastest way up to the peak of Scafell Pike is the Wasdale Head route from Wasdale Valley this takes around 2-4 hours up and down.

Wastwater Lake and Wasdale Valley
Wastwater is the deepest lake in England, located in the Wasdale Valley just a few KM to the west of Scafell Pike. The lake is almost 3 miles long (4.6 km) and approx a third of a mile (600 m) wide.  Extending the length of the south east side and rising to about 200ft are huge screes of broken rock.. Wordsworth described the lake as ““long, stern and desolate”. There is an ominous beauty to the valley which makes it one of the Lake District’s” must sees” it regularly tops lists of the UK’s “favourite scenery / most beautiful view”.

Lake Windermere
Windermere,  is the largest natural lake in England (10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep) is fed by numerous rivers. The Romans built the fort of GALAVA at its Waterhead, it has always been an important waterway for movement of heavy materials. Bowness-on-Windermere is one of the Lake’s most popular resort, it’s an excellent centre for boating activities
with over 10,000 registered boats. It’s also got the first Lake District holiday home of Beatrix Potter.

Old man of Coniston
Coniston Old Man / Old Man of Coniston is one of the Lake District’s better-known mountains. Located in the south of the National Park, at 803 metres (2,634 feet) , the “Old Man” is one of the highest peaks in the Lakes. The most popular walking route begins in Coniston village, for leisurely paced way up to the summit of the Old Man. The village sits on the edge of Lake Coniston (Coniston Water) which merits a visit on its own.

Historic Interest

Hadrian’s Wall
Hadrian’s Wall was constructed by the Romans to keep the Northerners in their place . Started in 122 AD  a lot of the wall remains and there are Roman forts and villages every few miles. It is now a large-scale World Heritage Site. Covering 73 miles from sea to sea and passing over some of the wildest and most dramatic countryside in England.

Rydal Mount / Dove Cottage – Wordsworth’s Houses
The poet William Wordsworth is one of the Lake District’s most famous sons. Wordsworth’s romantic poem’s where deeply inspired by the natural beauty of the Lake District, whether it was the barren rockscapes or valleys of wildflowers, to understand Wordsworth you need to experience and explore the land that provoked his muse. Where better to start than a visit to Wordsworth’s family homes, where he wrote many of his most famous poems.

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