Take a video tour of the Lake District

It’s inspired poets and painters, and continues to charm visitors with its breathtaking landscapes and picturesque pubs. Get a taster of the Lake District with this whistle-stop tour.

At 885 square miles, the Lake District is England’s largest national park. It’s known for its glacial ribbon lakes, rugged fell mountains and historic literary associations, having inspired the Romantic Poets and Beatrix Potter among others. With all this incredible scenery to sit and wonder at, wander across and bike around, it’s an almost inexhaustible resource for getting away from it all.


Sunset above Lake Grasmere in the Lake District, Cumbria. Credit: VisitBritain/Adam Burton

Beautiful market towns such as Kendal, Keswick and Ambleside make great bases for exploring and are home to traditional inns and art galleries. Nestling at the foot of some spectacular fells and with its own lake, Grasmere village has shops, pubs and cafes, as well as Wordsworth’s grave in the churchyard. The lakes are also home to Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, Wastwater, its deepest lake, and thriving communities such as Keswick and Bowness-on-Windermere. Time to plan your journey there?


New Bridge, a traditional stone bridge over the River Derwent, between Castle Crag and Rosthwaite, Lake District, Cumbria. Credit: NTPL/VisitBritain/Britain on View

 Discover more about the Lake District here.

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Written by Sally Hales // 11th August 2015