The Lake District is synonymous with outstanding beauty. This vast region of chocolate-box villages, rolling fells and sprawling lakes has inspired poets, authors and artists, which makes narrowing down on the five most beautiful spots somewhat difficult.
Still, we’ve had a go.
If you can only visit a few places and seek true beauty, check out these spots in the Lake District during your stay.
1. Tarn Hows
Tarn Hows is one of the most picturesque spots in the Lake District. And the fact that Beatrix Potter left it to the National Trust proves it. This man-made lake offers stunning views of the surrounding greenery and fells, which reflect off the calm waters – creating symmetry that photographers adore.
There’s a 1¾-mile trail surrounding Tarn Hows which is wheelchair-accessible. Find a spot on the grass for a picnic to relish a spot of serenity for an hour or two.
2. Scafell Pike
You can’t talk about beautiful spots in the Lake District without mentioning the view from the peak of Scafell Pike, England’s tallest mountain. It’s a hike best left to the experienced: the quickest route to the summit of this 978-metre tall mountain takes a minimum of two hours. Climb to the top on a clear day, and you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views as far as Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man and even Ireland (not to mention the Lake District in all its glory).
It’s probably wise to check the weather forecast before attempting to ascend this giant of nature. The easiest trail starts at Wasdale Head, and plenty of signs will keep you on track.
3. Kirkstone Pass
If you’re more of a motorist than a climber but still admire a beautiful view of nature, you should drive along the Kirkstone Pass, which connects the postcard-perfect towns of Patterdale and Ambleside. Take the opportunity to stop at pullover areas for stunning views of the fells.
Just beware – the drive is a little daunting. It’s the highest motor pass in the Lake District with lots of narrow sections. Drive with caution around the blind curves and up the steep hills.
Choosing the most beautiful town in the Lake District takes some serious deliberating. In the end, we decided it’s impossible to pick, but everyone can agree that Grasmere is truly picturesque. It’s filled with stone houses and traditional tea shops where you can relax with a cuppa by the lake.
Many of the quaint buildings line narrow rivers that run through parts of the town. And, of course, there are plenty of nature trails. The Coffin Trail, as eerie as it sounds, is one of the best routes to take in the area’s natural beauty.
While you’re in Grasmere, check out William Wordsworth’s former home, Dove Cottage. For stunning views of the lake and a spot of afternoon tea, head over to Faeryland Café. Sit outside with a cake, or rent a colourful rowing boat to see the sights from the water.
5. Kendal Castle
Do you like a view of nature that takes you back in time? The ruins of the 12th-century Kendal Castle are an incredible sight alone. But the sweeping countryside vista views from its hilltop location only add to its beauty appeal. If Kendal Castle tweaks your thirst for history, head to the Kendal Museum to see interactive exhibitions. You can view a reconstruction of this architectural gem before it was left to ruin.
To see some of these gorgeous places in real life, check out our Lake District Tour with Afternoon Tea tour. It’s the perfect way to see one of the UK’s most beautiful places. Plus, you get to eat scones. What’s there not to love?