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Five of our Favourite Views around the Lake District National Park

Posted by Luci Ackers on 16 March 2015
Related property: Braithwaite Court
Bench in the Lake District

With all the incredible sights the Lake District has to offer, it is difficult to know where to start for that ideal beauty spot. But to help you out we have put together a list of our top five favourite viewpoints. 


Scafell Pike

The highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike, stands an impressive almost 980 metres high in the Lake District National Park. Climbing to the top will take a couple of hours depending on fitness levels but the views on the route up (whichever path you decide to take) and from the summit itself, are completely worth the effort. Huge peaks and valleys roll out before you and wonderful scenery stretches as far as the eye can see.

From the Boat

Aptly named for its spectacular geography, the Lake District has a huge variety of stunning lake scenery. Derwentwater is a large oval lake near the town of Keswick and is surrounded by peaks and fells, giving it a picturesque backdrop on all sides. Lovely old wooden rowing boats sit peacefully on the surface while the famous fells such as Catbells cast their reflections from where they loom at the shores. The Keswick Launch is a lake cruise that provides the perfect way to enjoy the panoramic views of the lake and its surroundings from the water itself. Alternatively climb Catbells and view Derwentwater from the western side, and see the expanse of blue surrounded by dramatic peaks, from high above on the grassy mountain.

Friar's Crag

The little section of land jutting into the lake Derwentwater is believed to have gained its name thanks to the monks who would board boats here in order to travel across to St. Herbert's Island. An easy path, suitable for wheelchairs, leads to this little look out and there are clear views over to Derwent Isle as well as the twin peaks at the other end of the lake known as the Jaws of Borrowdale. John Ruskin once described this view as one of the three most beautiful scenes in Europe and there is now a little bench amongst the pine scenery so you can sit and stay a while, to take it all in.


Haystacks is one of the better known peaks of the Lake District and climbing it has become a popular mission for a large number of tourists. As you climb it you get great views of the surrounding tarns such as Blackbeck Tarn but as you reach the summit, it is Lake Buttermere that steals the show. Looking down from the top of Haystacks, the views of this expanse of water are stunning, with hills and peaks surrounding it, and their reflections mirrored back at them.

Aira Force

Quite possibly one of the best waterfalls in the Lake District, Aira Force is set against the enchanting woodland around the shores of the Lake Ullswater. The waterfall is situated in landscaped gardens developed by the Howard family in the 1780s. It falls below a stone footbridge and drops over 60 feet, cascading over the rocky ledges to create frothy white foam at the bottom.

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Luci Ackers

Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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