The Lake District is beautiful all year round. But it’s about this time of year that we really start to crave a trip to one of the country’s most stunning regions. So to help you (and us) plan your next visit, we asked Lake District expert (she lives there!) The Quirky Traveller to give us her favourite Lake District views…
1. Wasdale Head from Wastwater
In 2007 this was voted Britain’s Favourite View, and Wastwater attracts many people each year to see what Wordsworth called its ‘long, stern and desolate’ aspect. I find Wastwater rather ominous with its dark and dangerous screes tumbling down to inky black depths. However, there’s no doubting its evocative appeal with England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, lurking in the background.
2. Bassenthwaite Lake from Dodd Wood
One of this country’s rarest birds, the Osprey, has been nesting in Cumbria for many years on the shores of Bassenthwaite. The Osprey Watch Centre at Dodd Wood may not have the best view of the lake, but during the summer months the combination of catching a glimpse of an Osprey catching fish, swirling overhead or nesting (albeit via a webcam) as well glimpses of this large stretch of water, is a winning combination.
3. Towards the Jaws of Borrowdale from Friar’s Crag
Take a gentle stroll alongside Derwentwater, one of the loveliest lakes in the Lake District, to Friar’s Crag. It’s said to have got its name because monks used to leave from this point to get to St. Herbert’s Island where a hermit lived. There are old pine trees and a seat to enjoy the scenery. At the end of the lake are the dominant twin peaks called the Jaws of Borrowdale.
4. Haystacks from the shores of Buttermere
From the edge of pretty Buttermere it’s easy to see why the Lake District’s greatest champion, Alfred Wainwright loved Haystacks so much. He asked for his ashes to be scattered by Inominate Tarn, hidden away in its curvaceous folds. To the right of the lake tumbles Sour Milk Ghyll and if you are lucky you may see the red squirrel, thriving in this beautiful area.
5. Ullswater from the ferry
The scenery around Ullswater is stunning and from anywhere it’s a photographer’s delight. However, if you take the Ullswater Ferry around the lake you can get an ever-changing panorama without having to move from your seat. My favourites are towards Kirkstone Pass and down at Pooley Bridge.
6. Grasmere from the Fairy Café
In front of the Fairy Café are a number of colourful wooden rowing boats bobbing and undulating in the reedy shoreline of Grasmere. You can sample a wide variety of teas as well as tasty snacks whilst you watch the light flash across the water or, if you’re feeling energetic, hire one of the boats and row around this pretty stretch of water.
7. Rydal Water from the wooden bench
There’s a little wooden bench overlooking Rydal Water that is possibly my favourite view in the world. In the middle of the lake is Heron Island and in the distance is the rocky outcrop ‘Lion & The Lamb’ perched on top of Helm Crag. Coleridge used to live in the quaint white cottage on the other side of the lake. When you are looking for peace and quiet, for a spot that feels ‘away from it all’ and yet is easily accessible, this the place to go.
8. Windermere from Bowness jetty
The busiest of all the lakes, Windermere is the easiest place to get a feel for the Lake District without having to travel far. Go round the side of the lake opposite the Glebe at Bowness-on-Windermere and you’ll find a wooden jetty pointing northwards. There’s a lovely view of the fells, little islets, yachts and ferries twirling around each other as they sail along its 10 mile length.
9. The Gondola on Coniston
One of the most graceful sights on Coniston is the beautifully restored Victorian steam boat, ‘Gondola’, restored and owned by the National Trust. She takes passengers to historic Brantwood, Ruskin’s house and glides over to other stops around the lake. This is where Donald Campbell lost his life attempting to break the world Water Speed Record in Bluebird, after which the lakeside café is named. Looming over the water is the Old Man of Coniston and many other impressive Lake District fells.
10. Tarn Hows from the footpath
Not strictly a lake, Tarn Hows is a man-made stretch of water and has one of the most popular flat walks in the Lake District. Looked after by the National Trust, it’s accessible by wheelchair and pram, making it perfect for everyone. Almost circular, there are wooded paths all around and at any time of year it’s a charming vista.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, LateRooms.com