Discover the fantastic Lake District

Scafell Pike, photo by markc123/Flickr

Also known as The Lakes, the wonderful Lake District can be found in North West England. The landscape is dominated by lakes and mountains and it is considered a popular holiday destination. The area is well-known for its spectacular lakes, forests and mountains. It is also related to the Lake Poets of whom a famous poet is William Wordsworth. In 1951 the composing lakes of the Lake District were designated as a national park. The fantastic Lake District is the most popular national park in the whole United Kingdom, attracting millions of visitors each year. The park is also home to the highest mountain of England, the Scafell Pike and the deepest lakes of the country.

Scafell Pike

Being the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike is a popular tourist destination. With its 978 m it is one of the favorite natural attractions to British people. Together with Snowdon Mountain and Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike is part of the National Three Peaks Challenge, an event of which purpose is to climb the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales. Participants have to climb each peak in turn. The event is usually organized with charitable purpose.

Scafell Pike, photo by markc123/Flickr

Windermere Lake

It is England’s largest natural lake. This spectacular loch was formed in a glacial valley and is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country. The large lake occupies a surface of about 15 km². It contains a large number of islands which are very attractive. As the lake is very long, there are ferries, steamers and launchers which operate the whole distance or only parts of it. Spending a day or even a weekend at the lake is surely a great program for the whole family.

Windermere Lake, photo by Eric The Fish (2012)/Flickr

Ullswater Lake

Ullswater is Lake District’s second largest lake. It is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in England. Just like Windermere Lake, Ullswater is also a ribbon lake. It is a very popular sailing spot, but other types of activities are also available here, such as rowing or diving. One of the spectacular attractions of the lake is the beautiful Aira Force Waterfall. Just like in the case of the previous lake, there are also steamers operating on Ullswater Lake. It is surely a fantastic destination.

Derwentwater Lake

The breathtaking lake named Derwentwater with its numerous islands is undoubtedly one of the most attractive lakes in Lake District. Surrounded by hills and forests, it is set in a gorgeous landscape. A passenger launch operates on the surface of the lake which stops at several places. Derwentwater Lake is a very popular destination for families, offering spectacular landscape and peaceful atmosphere.

View over Derventwater Lake, photo by walkinguphills/Flickr

Bassenthwaite Lake

One of the largest lakes of Lake District, Bassenthwaite Lake is a narrow and long lake of the national park. It is very shallow, being situated in a glacial valley. The lake is home to a great variety of species of fish, ranging from salmon to pike, trout, perch and so on. It is also a well-known lake in the national park.

 

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