This is a lake-lovers dream land. For beauty and sheer variety, for scenery and spectacle, nothing can really beat the northern and western lakes.

Home to Ullswater and Derwentwater, to Buttermere and Wastwater, to Keswick and Cockermouth, the area meets the sea in the west at Ravenglass and has views in the north to the Solway Firth.

Ullswater, close to Penrith and the M6, is not only the second largest lake in the Lake District but for many the most beautiful of them all, beloved of sailing enthusiasts, walkers and campers.

Derwentwater, often called the Queen of the Lakes, stretches away to the south of Keswick, itself wonderfully located with Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake to the north and Borrowdale to the south.

A narrow road through Borrowdale eventually ascends Honister Pass before dropping down into Buttermere and then on to Crummock Water and poet William Wordsworth’s birthplace of Cockermouth.

Further south and west are Ennerdale, Scafell Pike (England’s highest mountain) and Wastwater (England’s deepest lake). According to ITV watchers a few years ago, Wastwater was ‘Britain’s favourite view’.

The Lake District

The Lake District

The Lake District

The Lake District

The Lake District

The Lake District

The Lake District

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