The Lakes

The Lake District is England’s largest national park, the largest ‘adventure playground’ and the UK’s top holiday destination throughout spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

There’s a wide variety of activities available to people of all ages, set in England’s most stunning scenery where the diverse & natural landscapes are geographically unique.

Don’t just take our word for it, listen to the great poet, Tony Walsh, in this visually stunning video that sums up the beauty of the English Lake District.

England has 5 mountains over 3000 feet high (900 meters) and all 5 of them are here in Cumbria! At 885 square miles, the Lake District is home to England’s deepest lake-Wastwater, England’s longest lake-Windermere, and England’s highest mountain-Scafell Pike. The Lake District also boasts some of northern England’s most beautiful coastline.

The Lake District is quite simply breathtaking and to help you get the most out of your holidays in the Lake District we’ve created several pages of information below about our wonderful corner of England.

Lake District Map

View our interactive Lake District Map
lake district images

Cartmel Valley & Cark

Read about the Cartmel Valley & Cark
Cartmel Village Shop

50 Must Visit Places

View our 50 must visit places in the Lake District
Lowther Castle & Gardens

Coniston Water

Read about the Coniston Water area
The Steam Gondola on Coniston Water

Alfred Wainwright the great guidebook author and illustrator famously wrote about his 1st trip to the Lake District in 1930, “I was totally transfixed, unable to believe my eyes. I had never seen anything like this. I saw mountain ranges, one after another, the nearer starkly etched, those beyond fading into the blue distance. Rich woodlands, emerald pastures and the shimmering water of the lake below added to a pageant of loveliness, a glorious panorama that held me enthralled. I had seen landscapes of rural beauty pictured in the local art gallery, but here was no painted canvas; this was real. This was truth. God was in his heaven that day and I a humble worshipper”

The Lake District is UK’s first national park to win UNESCO World Heritage Status and joins the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon in being given one of the highest accolades on the planet.

With its rolling fells, spectacular mountains and stunning lakes, the Lake District not only finds itself in illustrious company but also becomes the United Kingdom’s first national park to be awaded the World Heritage status by UNESCO.

The Lake District has a lot to offer from gentle rolling hills and valleys to dramatic jagged peaks, stunning beaches, coastal cliffs, vast tidal estuaries, roaring waterfalls, meandering rivers and streams, large forests

Want more? Cumbria also boasts lots of historic houses & gardens set in Cumbria’s magnificent landscape, 50 stone circles, Hadrian’s Wall,  and lots and lots of history and heritage too.

Whilst there are hundreds of lakes and tarns, the Lake District has 16 lakes of reputable size. Each lake and valley has a distinct character of its own.

 

The Great Outdoors

It’s fun,

It’s free,

And it’s good for you! – available throughout the Lake District