5 top Lakes to visit in Cumbria

The Lake District offers some of the most stunning countryside and lakes in the UK.

Whether you decide to stay in a spa hotel in Windermere or a romantic cottage with hot tub in Bowness, you will be within easy reach of five of the most beautiful lakes in Cumbria: Windermere

Windermere is undoubtedly the pearl of the Lake District, and is the longest lake in England at 10.5 miles. You are spoilt for choice with the vast amount of accommodation available in Windermere, and you can choose from elegant boutique hotels, organic hotels and themed hotels between Windermere and Bowness. Windermere is a magnet for tourists and the surrounding area offers visitors a wide range of attractions and great things to do for the family. You can also find the perfect hotels in Windermere for romantic breaks, and late deals. Take a cruise down Windermere, or visit the house of Beatrix Potter. Brockholes Visitor centre is also worth a visit, along with Bowness, Newby Bridge, Scafell, Ambleside, Grasmere and Forest Park. The Blackwell Arts and Crafts Centre is also within easy reach. Visit the Old Man of Windermere at Dow Crag if you enjoy walking and hiking.

Crummock Water

Crummock Water is situated in the north-west of the Lake District, and there are plenty of things to see and do in the area. Whatever floats your boat you will find it at Crummock Water, and you can enjoy a lakeside walk, a trek around the fells, including Pillar, High Stile and Red Pike to the west and Grasmoor to the north, and Robinson and Dale to the east. Often overlooked by its sister lake, Buttermere, Crummock Water offers unparalleled views from both sides, and is 2.5 miles long and ¾ of a mile wide. This rocky bottomed lake is flanked by steep slate sides. Accomodation around Crummock Water can be found easily online or at the Lake District Tourist Board. If you are looking for organic hotels or themed hotels in the Lake District, check out Windermere, Bowness and the towns around Crummock Water.

Hayeswater

Hayeswater is situated in the dale of Patterdale, and offers visitors a great range of holiday accommodation and hotel breaks in the Lake District. Hayeswater is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in England, and you can hire a mountain bike or walk around the nearby Ullswater Lake. Take a trip to Glenridding and sail down the river on one of the old steamers or book to stay in a themed hotel in Windermere. Hayeswater also offers some great hill walks, and to the left of the town is Place Fell and the old Roman road of High Street. It is also worth taking a trip to Kidsty Pike and Harter Fell where you can enjoy the walks, and pop into some great bars, restaurants and cafes.

Loweswater

Loweswater is one of the smallest lakes in the Lake District, and for that reason doesn´t attract hordes of tourists. The area around Loweswater is picturesque and unspoilt and the area is much quieter than most of the lakes in the area. You can find plenty of things to do in Loweswater if you are taking a break in the Lake District or enjoying a day out. Loweswater Lake is owned by the National Trust, and there is also a lakeside path to walk around. Visit Holme Force, which is a stunning waterfall at Holme Wood, and take a trip to the nearby fells at Pillar, High Stile and Red Pike, plus Grasmoor to the north and Robinson and Dale Head to the east. The Kirkstile Inn in Loweswater Village is well worth a visit, as is Rydal Water, which was such a source of inspiration to the famous poet, and local resident, William Wordsworth.

Ennerdale

Situated in the north-west of the Lake District, Ennerdale is close to the stunning coastal town of Whitehaven. Ennerdale Water is the most westerly of the lakes, and due to its inaccessibility, is also one of the remotest. Traditionally, the village is part of the Coast to Coast long distance walk across England, and a good range of holiday accommodation can be found nearby. Ennerdale is a great place to visit if you want to get away from it all, but if you are staying closer to Windermere or Bowness, check out the local themed hotels and green hotels in the area. Ennerdale is a popular location for walking and cycling, and is within easy reach of the larger lakes if you are planning to tour around the area.

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