A weekend in the Lake District remains one of my favourite holidays, with the National Park particularly appealing in the Springtime. As well as being excellent for cottage holidays and camping, the Lake District can be explored via towns and villages like Keswick and Grasmere, and represents a challenge for any serious hiker and climber. In terms of my favourite views, at the moment I’d rank Wastwater, Loweswater, and Ullswater as my top spots.
I’m not alone in considering Wastwater to be an excellent viewing spot for the Lakes; the area won an ITV competition in 2007 to find the best view in Britain, and anyone visiting the area can see why. Wastwater is the deepest lake in the National Park, and is three miles long. Views over the lake also take in the surrounding peaks of Red Pike, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, and Scafell Pike – screes and rock formations also mean that you have one of the most imposing landscapes possible in the UK.
There’s also a lot of great small viewing spots and sites around the lake, which include St. Olaf’s Church, one of the smallest in the UK. It’s worth remembering, though, that the valley around the lake is prone to some very wet weather, so be prepared when you head out – it’s also worth considering staying in one of the many nearby campsites and small villages, as well as climbing Scafell to get a bird’s eye view over the lake. Also recommended is the nearby Wasdale Head Inn.
Located to the North West of the Lake District, Loweswater is one of the smallest lakes in the area, but no less impressive; it drains into the larger lake of Crummock Water, and is surrounded by some excellent sights. You can sit and look out over the lake itself, where you can see a unique mixture of rolling hills and mountainous hills – in may ways, Loweswater is quite distinct from the landscape of the rest of the Lakes.
It’s also worth remembering that there are multiple things to do and see around the lake itself – you can reach nearby Buttermere, as well as Holme Wood and waterfalls. Moreover, Loweswater is one of the best places in the Lakes to see the sunrise and the sunset, and is easy enough to walk around in less than an hour. The local Kirkstile Inn is recommended if you do want a bit of a break.
Part of another great valley in the Lakes, Ullswater is the second largest lake in the National Park, and is formed into a ribbon shape – the lake is dominated by the nearby Helvellyn peak, which is another excellent spot from which to look out over the whole valley. Steamers also cross around the lake, while there are many walking and cycling trails to nearby Howton and Glenrdiding.
When exploring around Ullswater, you should take the time to visit Jenkins’ Field, which is home to excellent picnic spots and bird watching. You can also take the Eden cycling route to get around the lakes and woodland. Most people will recognise the Ullswater valley and the lake from television, as it represents one of the most well used locations in the Lakes. If you have the stamina, climbing Helvellyn means that you can get a panoramic view right over most of the Lakes in all directions.
About the Author - SJ is an avid wildlife fan and as such loves nothing better than spending her weekend in the Lake District. If you haven’t guessed from this article, there is nothing better in her book than to enjoy the best that the Lake District has to offer.