The Lake District National Park gained UNESCO World Heritage status this month, just in time to celebrate the UK’s National Parks Week. The Lake District is home to some of the most famous views in the country, including England’s highest peak and largest natural lake. Take in ten of the best views in the Lake District and start planning your trip – remember your camera!
1. Perhaps the most famous view in the Lake District National Park: Yewbarrow, Great Gable and Scafell Pike from Wastwater, England’s deepest lake. Scafell Pike, at 978m, is the highest mountain in England.
2. Alfred Wainwright, the British guidebook author, was introduced to the Lake District via Orrest Head, a short climb with lovely views.
3. The short, steep climb of Catbells rewards you with stunning mountain landscapes.
4. Despite its low elevation, Haystacks is one of the most popular fells in the area. Wainwright even requested his ashes were scattered at Innominate Tarn near the summit.
5. The challenging ascent to Helvellyn up Striding Edge has to be one of the most spectacular climbs in Cumbria. Photography by Stewart Sanderson.
6. Ullswater, the second largest lake in the National Park, is home to many fun water activities including sailing and fishing.
7. Grasmere is perhaps the most popular village in the Lake District, and we can see why - the poet William Wordsworth settled here. With plenty of gift shops and places to eat, Grasmere would be a great base for your Lake District holiday.
8. Located in the far northern edge of the Lake District, Blencathra via Sharp Edge is known as one of the hardest mountain challenges. Blencathra was the most featured mountain in Wainwright’s guide books.
9. Falling 70 feet, Aira Force is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the Lake District.
10. Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Surrounded by peaks and villages, it also happens to be very picturesque!