If you’re in need of some inspiration to cheer you up during lockdown, then we have just the ticket. While we’re all missing exploring the Lake District, it’s still there in all its shining glory and will be ready to offer the same tranquillity, fascination and wonder when it is once again safe to travel.
In the meantime, take a look at these nine inspiring Lake District views - some of the best in the national park - and enjoy dreaming about your next visit!
Buttermere has in the past been voted as Britain’s best view and it’s easy to see why! Surrounded by tall mountains and sheep-studded fields, it’s a truly beautiful place for some tranquil reflection or a gentle walk.
The walk around the shores is well worth the couple of hours it will take, and it’s both suitable for little legs and an easy Miles Without Stiles route. You can enjoy the spectacular scenery from wherever you look. In particular, look out for rugged Haystacks - Alfred Wainwright’s favourite walk - to the south east, or Buttermere’s twin lake, Crummock, to the north west.
Find out all about Buttermere.
2. Scafell Pike
There’s something to be said for the outlook from the very top of England!
At 978 metres above sea level, Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England. There are six ways up, all detailed in Wainwright’s useful guides, and all ranging in difficulty, though none are particularly ‘easy’!
Take a look at our brief guide to the six ways up Scafell Pike.
Wastwater, like Buttermere, has in the past won the accolade of ‘best view in Britain’. This is partly thanks to the imposing 2,000-foot screes that fall into the lake right along the south east side. It’s also England’s deepest lake, as deep as St Paul’s Cathedral is tall! For many years there has been a rumour of a secret gnome garden under its tranquil surface.
Wastwater is surrounded by the beautiful mountains of the Wasdale valley and is a place of mystery and calm. It’s a spectacular spot for a walk, or you can simply sit back and admire the view of popular fells that include Scafell Pike, Red Pike and Great Gable.
Find out more about Wasdale.
If you’re looking for an easy mountain walk with big rewards, then Latrigg is for you! Just outside of the market town of Keswick, you can do a round trip to the peak with just 1.5 miles of gentle slope! This is thanks to the car park that sits just a few metres down from the summit.
Backed by mighty Skiddaw, Latrigg offers a family-friendly walk that ends with incredible panoramic views over Keswick, Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake, with Borrowdale and the Newlands Valley beyond.
Find out more with our guide to the easy way up Latrigg.
5. The Solway Coast
The Solway Coast stretches from Maryport in the south west of Cumbria to the Border Esk river in the north of the county. It’s well deserving of its title of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with its long stretches of sandy beaches, nature reserves and marshes.
You’re really spoiled for choice of views here. Pick any spot in the area’s 118 sq km and you won’t regret it. Get your timing right and you can watch the sky turn all colours of red, orange and pink during the spectacular sunsets that are often seen over the sea here.
Find out more about The Solway Coast.
6. Orrest Head
The author Alfred Wainwright is said to have first visited the Lake District via Orrest Head. You’ve probably heard of his very famous guidebooks, which detail hundreds of walks across the Lake Distict and Cumbria, and if it’s the view from Orrest Head that inspired the great man, then it’s a view worth seeing!
Sitting above Windermere, England’s longest lake, it’s an easy route offering spectacular views. A short walk of about 20-minutes, with only a slight ascent, will find you at the top looking out over incredible scenery. Maybe you’ll be inspired to create your own writings and follow in the footsteps of Wainwright!
Explore more walks around Windermere.
7. Tarn Hows
Wonderfully picturesque in all seasons, it's surrounded by woodland and views to the likes of the Helvellyn Range and the Langdale Pikes. This is a great place for all ages and abilities: there are toilets in the car park, an accessible 2-mile walk, and a Tramper - an all-terrain mobility scooter - available for hire.
Find out more about the Coniston area.
8. Friar’s Crag
This view is famous for a reason! A short walk from the centre of Keswick town, Friar’s Crag looks out towards the ‘jaws’ of Borrowdale, offering breathtaking views of the valley and the lake of Derwentwater. It’s a wonderful spot where you can enjoy the gentle lapping of the water or see the Keswick Launch making its tranquil way between piers.
The surrounding area is wooded and Beatrix Potter’s story, Squirrel Nutkin, was set around Derwentwater. You may even be lucky enough to spot a red squirrel yourself, and there’s plenty of birdlife around, too! Whatever you spot along the way, this is a pleasant and easy walk with an inspiring view at the end!
See what else you can do around Keswick.
9. Glenridding Jetty
Ullswater is thought of by many as the most beautiful of the Lake District lakes. In an area of the national park where the tall fells gradually soften into rolling hills, you get the best of both worlds in terms of views, with both the dramatic and the beautiful.
Glenridding is a pretty village on the south west shore of the lake and Glenridding Jetty is one of the stops for the famous Ullswater Steamers. From here, you can enjoy amazing views across the water and to the surrounding mountains. In fact, any of the jetties around Ullswater offer an incredible outlook, but this is one of our favourites!
Learn more about Ullswater.
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