The warm summer air is beginning its much needed return to the Lake District.
Summer is the perfect time to get out and about amongst the culture and scenery of this glorious place. The sunlight shimmering over the Lakes make for breathtaking pictures. So grab an ice cream and get happy-snapping:
Windermere (Area: 14.73 km²)
Is a tourist hot spot, with the Lakes Line train bringing people from all around the world to this wonderful place. Lake Windermere is surrounded by mountain peaks and villages giving people a variety of things to see and do. Head over to Bowness-on-Windermere, where there are plenty of places to grab an ice cream. Glebe Park is perfect to sit and people watch or partake in some tennis and pitch and putt. If you want to get out onto the water, there are a selection of cruise boats and boat hires for you to set sail across the water.
Derwent (Area: 5.18 km²)
Derwent water is famous for being the basis for many of Beatrix Potter's stories. To the west of the water is Cat Bells which is one of the most popular fells in the area standing at 451m. To the east is Friars Crag, jutting from the edge of the Lake and a wonderful viewpoint. The closest town to Derwent is Keswick, famous for housing the first pencil in its pencil museum. Keswick also has its own cruise boat launch pad, inviting you to cruise around the full lake.
Bassenthwaite (Area: 5.1 km²)
Bassenthwaite is the only recognised lake in the Lake District with the rest being Meres, Waters and Tarns. Heading west from Keswick will lead you to this glorious lake. Packed with wildlife such as Osprey and other birds migrating here. Atlantic Salmon come to Bassenthwaite to spawn. The lake is fed and drains from the River Derwent and sits at the foot of Skiddaw, the sixth highest peak in England.