Top 4 lakes in the Lake District

The Lake District offers visitors a wealth of things to see and do, and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK. Whether you want a romantic weekend away, a few days in an environmentally-friendly hotel or a family holiday in a guest house, you will be well catered for in the Lake District. The top lakes to visit during your stay include:

Windermere

Windermere is the most popular tourist destination in the Lake District. Lake Windermere has been a major attraction for visitors since Victorian times when the Kendal and Windermere Railway built a branch line to it. There are plenty of things to see and do in Windermere and Bowness, including water sports, walking, climbing, and visiting some of the best attractions in the Lake District.

Visitors can take a boat trip around the lake in a steamer, or hire a boat, dinghy or cruiser. Open-top buses and steam locomotives are also available for visitors who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground, or a range of walking tracks and trails run alongside the water´s edge. Close to the lake are a wide choice of heritage sites, historic houses and beautiful landscaped gardens which attract visitors from all over England.

Lake Windermere is 10.5 miles long and stretches from Ambleside in the north to Newby Bridge in the South. The deepest part of the lake is at the northern end, and is approximately 220 feet deep.

Brotherswater

Situated at the foot of the Kirkstone Pass, Brotherswater is one of the smallest lakes in the Lake District, and its setting is one of the most spectacular. Close to the south of Ullswater, you can find plenty to do and see in the area, plus enjoy a great range of holiday accommodation close by. For the more adventurous outdoor types, take a trip to Glenridding Sailing Centre, walk the fells of Helvellyn, High Street, St Sunday Crag, Dollywaggon Pike and Fairfield, or enjoy a drink and a meal at the Brotherswater Inn, the Kirkstone Pass Inn, the White Lion at Patterdale or the Travellers Rest at Glenridding. Two of the best places to eat in Glenridding also include Greystones Coffee Shop and Fellbites Restaurant. The range of accommodation in and around Brotherswater is wide and varied and you can book a romantic hotel, a holiday cottage or a boutique hotel.

Buttermere

Often understated, Buttermere is a beautiful lake in the north-west of the Lake District. Now owned by the National Trust, Buttermere is situated among green pastures and hillsides which lead down to the lake, and provide the perfect family day out. With several farms, a church and a youth hostel, Buttermere also provides a wide range of accommodation including romantic hotels and themed hotels nearby. Attractions around Buttemere include walks and hikes around Pillar, High Stile and Red Pike, plus Grasmoor and Honister Slate Mine are close by. Enjoy a tranquil stay at Buttermere and take your time to look around the picturesque villages, fens, lakes and landscapes that make up the Lake District.

Coniston

Coniston Water enjoys a tranquil and peaceful setting, and attracts visitors from all over England. Although the lake was made famous by Donald Campbell after he tried, and failed to break the world speed record in 1967, there is much more to Coniston Water than meets the eye. Nearby Brantwood House is well worth a visit, and several boat trips on the water are available including Coniston Launch and the Steam Yacht Gondola. Take a trip to the Ruskin Museum and the Grizedale Foest Park just to the east of Coniston. Great places to eat and drink include The Sun Inn, and one of the most famous fells in Coniston is The Old Man of Coniston. You can book organic hotels and environmentally-friendly hotels near Coniston, Windermere, Ullswater and Bowness. Romantic holiday hotels and themed hotels are situated at some of the most beautiful locations by Coniston Water, Lake Windermere and Bowness, and you will be spoilt for choice with the range of restaurants and bars in the region.