Guide to the
Of all the National Parks in England and Wales,
the Lake District is the one that stands out.
It's the largest by area and is home to England's highest mountain (Scafell Pike) and its deepest lake (Wastwater). It attracts around 40 per cent more visitors each year than any other National Park in the UK, earning more income from tourism than any other as a result.
Our comprehensive guide to the Lake District will show you exactly what's on offer.
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Ullswater is the second-largest lake in the Lake District, carved out of the valley floor by a glacier during the last ice age.
If you're looking for a tranquil spot in the heart of the Lake District National Park - somewhere which is tourist-friendly but perhaps not overrun with visitors - then Buttermere may just be the place for you.
From its origins as a 13th-century cheesemaking village, Keswick has evolved into one of the Lake District's most popular holiday destinations.
The lake of Grasmere and its adjacent village were much-loved by the Lake Poets - particularly William Wordsworth, who lived in the village for 14 years of his life and described it as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found".
Bassenthwaite Lake is one of the largest in the Lake District and sits at the foot of Skiddaw, one of the highest peaks in the region.
Ennerdale Water is most westerly of all the principal lakes in the Lake District, and is also the most remote. In actual fact, it's the only one which doesn't have a road running by the side of it - so for a rural spot to really get away from it all, there are few better places to be.
Located at the northern tip of Windermere, Britain's largest lake, the market town of Ambleside is a popular base for Lake District breaks.
Derwentwater lies to the immediate south of the town of Keswick, the three-mile-wide lake providing a stopping point for the River Derwent as it flows from the Scafell Pike to the Irish Sea at Workington.
Esthwaite Water is one of the smaller and less-well-known lakes in the Lake District, overshadowed by its neighbours Coniston and Windermere.
Wastwater - sometimes referred to as Wast Water - is found in the remote valley of Wasdale, at the western edge of the Lake District National Park.
Coniston Water is the third-largest of the Lakes, and has always been an important body of water in the region.