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The Lake District – Coniston, Windermere, Ullswater

By 14th January 2013Articles
Holbeck Ghyll

Attracting more than 15 million visitors annually, the Lake District is the United Kingdom’s most visited national park.

From nature lovers to history buffs and artists, people from all over the world are drawn to the natural beauty, outdoor activities,luxury hotels, wildlife viewing and historic sites that are all offered within the mountains, lakes and forests of the Lake District.

Covering about 885 square miles, the Lake District features many majestic mountains, also called fells. The four highest of these mountains include Scafell Pike, Scafell, Siddaw and Helvellyn, which all peak more than 3,000 feet. While the Lake District is characterised by its hundreds of bodies of water that range in all shapes, sizes and depths, only one is actually called a lake, which is Bassenthwaite Lake. All the others are denoted by terms like water, mere and tarn such as Wastwater, Windermere and Beacon Tarn.

Some of the most popular lakes in the Lake District


Dating back to the Bronze Age, Coniston possesses a long history of copper mining. Many artifacts excavated from nearby mountains indicate that a lucrative mining industry prospered here from the time of the early Romans and continued even to 19th century. Today, Coniston thrives from tourism due to its exceptional beauty and wide range of outdoor activities. Ranking as the Lake District’s third largest lake, Coniston is also regarded as one of the most beautiful of all the lakes. Covering an area of about five and half miles in length, this attractive lake offers three islands that can be explored by many walking and cycling trails. Visitors can also enjoy fishing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing and yacht tours on the lake. Additionally, there are various agencies here that provide arrangements for rock climbing, archery and gorge trekking. Hotel accommodation is plentiful in the nearby area.


Because motorised boats are not allowed here, Buttermere is often preferred for its peace and quiet. This mile-long lake is home to an abundance of wildlife where visitors can see the likes of red squirrels, fox, otters and deer as well as birds like woodpeckers, crested grebe and nut hatches. A variety of fish species abound here also such as trout, char, perch, pike and salmon. As Buttermere features some of the Lake District’s most stunning scenery, there are scenic boat tours available where guests can explore nearby farms, beaches and waterfalls.


Another lake popular for its breathtaking scenery is Ullswater. Stretching eight miles, Ullswater is the second largest body of water in the Lake District. Ullswater is noted for being a habitat for spawning salmon as well as the schelly, a rare species of whitefish. Visitors here can enjoy activities like sailing, fishing and canoeing. The area surrounding Ullswater also offers plentiful accommodations, pubs and restaurants.


The deepest lake in both the Lake District and England, Wastwater is a popular spot for divers. Although motorised boating is off limits here, visitors can enjoy kayaking and canoeing. The object of many paintings and photographs, Wastwater offers spectacular views and interesting attractions such as Wasdale Head, a historic Viking settlement dating back to the 10th century. The picturesque Wasdale Head is well worth a visit to see England’s smallest church, St. Olaf’s, which is said to be constructed from wooden beams that derived from a Viking longboat.


Stretching for more than 10 miles, Windermere is the Lake District’s largest natural lake, which is often favored for its 18 islands, wildlife variety, attractions and mysterious legends. A paradise for nature lovers, Windermere and its islands serve as a habitat for thousands of ducks, swans and geese as well as fish species like salmon, trout, perch and eels. Because of its close proximity to nearby towns like Ambelside, Windermere and Bowness, the area surrounding Windermere Lake offers plenty of hotel accommodation and interesting attractions like the Lake Aquarium, the Windermere Steam Museum and the impressive Holehird Gardens. Significant to Windermere are its timeless legends of ghosts and mythical creatures that include a white stallion that is said to be seen galloping across the lake’s waters.
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