If you are planning a visit to the Lake District this autumn, take your time to explore some of the most famous lakes in England.
England´s largest lake, Windermere is just under 13 miles long, and is up to 79m in depth. This is the most southerly of the lakes, and easily the most accessible for visitors who flock to the Lake District from all over Europe. During Victorian times, when railways first made the Lake District more accessible, Windermere was opened up to tourism. Today, visitors can cruise across the lake on Windermere Steamers, or enjoy lakeside walks along the water´s edge. You will find some of the most famous Lake District attractions in and around Windermere, including The Beatrix Potter Attraction, Blackwell the Arts and Crafts House and a great choice of fun and activity centres in Bowness Bay.
Luxury Windermere cottages are popular all year round.
The favourite lake of famous local writer and poet, William Wordsworth, Rydal Water is one of the most beautiful small lakes in the region. It takes approximately two hours to walk around the lake, taking in Rydal Hall, Rydal Mount and the Rydal Caves en route. The walk starts at White Moss House, which William Wordsworth bought for his son, Willie, and will take you past Rydal Mount, which was Wordsworth´s favourite residence, and where he died in 1850. Rydal Mount can be visited, along with the gardens, and there are plenty of places en route to stop for a drink or something to eat.
Wordsworth also lived at Dove Cottage, Grasmere, where he wrote some of his most famous poems, including ´Daffodils´. The poet enjoyed the peace and tranquility of Grasmere, and there were no other buildings in front of his house which offered magnificent views of the local countryside. Grasmere village lies beside the lake, and visitors can find plenty of pubs, cafés and restaurants nearby.
Once home to John Ruskin, one of the great intellectuals and artists of the 19th Century, who lived at Brantwood on the shores of the lake, Coniston Water was also the setting for Swallows and Amazons. Known for its still water, Coniston was also the place Donald Campbell chose to attempt his world water speed boat records, and sadly where he died in 1967 when his boat, ´Bluebird´ capsized. If you want a challenging walk, take a hike up Coniston Old Man, which boasts some stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
Buttermere is a great place to start a variety of walks, and one of the few flat walks circles the entire lake. Many visitors enjoy the day by picnicking beside the lake or swimming in warm weather. Higher level walks near Buttermere include: Fleetwith Pike, Haystacks or Red Pike. Visit the Fish Inn at Buttermere, which was home to Mary Robinson between 1778 and 1837. Known at the Maid of Buttermere, Mary was known locally for her stunning beauty, lauded by the romantic poets in the lakes. For a short period in it's history, the Fish Hotel, Buttermere, achieved national fame (and possibly notoriety) during the Robinson's tenancy. The innkeeper's daughter, Mary, was about fifteen years old when she was first noticed by a visitor, one Joseph Palmer, who stayed at the inn in 1792, and later wrote in one of the very first guide books, "A Fortnight's Ramble in the Lake District", of his encounter with the fair maid of Buttermere.
If you are planning to travel to the Lake District, and you want to explore the beautiful lakeside scenery, take your time to enjoy the region, why not book a romantic spa cottage in Windermere?