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Lakes in Cumbria: The stunning waters of the Lake District

Posted on 18th September 2014 by CE Team

There are so many lakes in Cumbria, and each and every one of them are worth visiting when you come to the Lake District. From the stunning Windermere to the atmospheric Derwentwater, the lakes in Cumbria are some of the most stunning in Europe. Here are just 10 of the major Cumbrian lakes you will want to see when you stay at our cottages in Lake District in Cumbria.

Bassenthwaite Lake

Bassenthwaite Lake
The only true Lake in Cumbria, Bassenthwaite Lake is a long yet narrow lake, stretching 4 miles and feeding into the River Derwent. Near Keswick, and by Skiddaw, Bassenthwaite Lake is one of the most bio-diverse bodies of water in Cumbria with eels, salmon, roach and many other fish calling its waters home.

Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere The largest lake in England, Windermere is over 10 miles long and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Lake District. With a number of cruises and other water-based activities hosted at Bowness-on-Windermere, over 10,000 registered boats travel its waters every years, the neighbouring village of Windermere has grown into a popular tourism spot and straddles the side of the lake for nearly two miles, offering stunning views and great walks for visitors.


Ullswater The second largest of the lakes in Cumbria, Ullswater is a very narrow, nine miles long stretch of water that is highly regarded as the most beautiful of all the Lake District lakes. Formed by three glaciers and hugging the surrounding mountains, the lake is a popular destination for visitors to Glendridding on its southern banks as hikers clime Helvellyn, the third largest mountain in England to enjoy the stunning lake views near the summit.


Derwentwater Derwentwater is one of the most popular lakes in Cumbria and the Lake District as it links Keswick and Borrowdale, two of the busiest tourist market towns in The Lakes. A small body of water compared to its Lakeland brothers, Derwentwater is just three miles long and a mile wide and houses a number of small islands, one of which is habited and a property of The National Trust. Boat rides take visitors around Derwentwater to fully appreciate its staggering beauty, with fells and wooded slopes on most sides allowing for great walks. The lake is also very popular with photographers thanks to its changing moods during the day and throughout the seasons.

Coniston Water

Coniston Water
On the border between Lancashire and Cumbria, Coniston Water is one of the largest lakes in the Lakeland’s at five miles long. Another narrow ribbon lake, Coniston Water rises in the north to the highest fells of Old Man of Coniston and is definitely worth a visit on your travels.


Buttermere Another stunning lake in Cumbria, Buttermere is owned by the National Trust and is a very popular tourist destination alongside its neighbouring town of the same name. A small body of water just under a mile and a half long and less than half a mile wide, Buttermere lake is surrounded by the picturesque High Stile fells in the south and Grasmoor in the north.


Wastwater Wastwater in the Wasdale Valley is one of the more westerly lakes of the Lake District. The deepest body of water in England, the head of the lake is set against one of the highest mountain ranges in the UK with Scafell Pile amongst them. So stunning is Wastwater that it was actually voted the most stunning view in England, but the lake is more famous for having a gnome garden on its floor which divers used to explore. However the gnomes were removed by police nearly a decade ago as three divers lost their lives after spending too much time exploring the murky garden.

Esthwaite Water

Esthwaite water
Popular with trout fisherman, Esthwaite Water is one of the least known lakes in Cumbria, partly as it is located in between two of the areas most popular and larger lakes in Windermere and Coniston Water. With its southern shores bounded by Grizedale Forest, Esthwaite Water is noted as a site of scientific interest, and as a location mentioned by William Wordsworth in some of his poems.


A tiny lake in Cumbria in comparison to some of the Lake District’s largest bodies of water, Loweswater is actually near to Cockermouth in the western part of Cumbria. Situated near the Loweswater Fells to the south, this lake is surrounded by rolling hills and Holme Wood, and is almost unvisited by tourists and remains untouched. For a quiet stroll and a true taste of the Lake District, Loweswater is the perfect spot.


Grasmere Championed by William Wordsworth who lived close-by, Grasmere is a small Lake District lake that measures just a few hundred yards long and wide. Private boats and small rowing craft like to take to its calm waters to breathe in the scenery and visit The Island – Grasmere’s only island on the lake.

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