The English Lake District

by whitemoss

Over 3 million visitors a year come to England's Lake District to enjoy the wonderful scenery loved by Wordsworth and the Romantic poets. Take a look and see why .

William Wordsworth wrote his most famous poem, "Daffodils" in Grasmere, a pretty village on the lake just 1 mile from my home. Poets and artists have flocked to the Lake District over the years, and today the Lakes are a top vacation destination for visitors from all over the world who come for the scenery, the history, the culture, and the wide range of outdoor activities on offer.Here I give you a small taste of the wonders of England's Lake District.
I live in the heart of England's Lake District. I'd love to share it with you.

The Lakes in the Lake District are wonderful

The main attraction of the Lake District- the Lakes!

Just because it's obvious it doesn't mean it's wrong! The best thing about the Lake District is the variety of Lakes, each with it's own character, in a very small gepgraphical area.

The lakes of the Lake district vary in size and atmosphere. There are 16 or 17 main lakes, and lots of small pieces of water known as "tarns" I've chosen as my top 10 lakes ( in no particular order) Windermere, Grasmere, Rydal Water, Ullswater, Bassenthwaite, Thirlmere, Derwentwater, Coniston, Wastwater and Buttermere. 

Windermere is the busiest lake, with hundreds of boats from large passenger boats to tiny canoes.Windermere is the most southerly lake, making it the easiest for most visitors to reach.

Wastewater on the other hand is less accessible.With screes all along one side, Wastwater  is quiet, majestic and menacing.

Rydal Water is very pretty with lovely walks.

Grasmere inspired the poet William Wordsworth. All the Lake District Lakes are beautiful, and have been painted by artists including Turner and Constable in the past and by many modern artists. The Lake District lakes are also the subject of thousands of photographs. Take a look through the links below to see why for yourself.

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A view of Wastwater in England's Lake District

One of the most remote and quiet lakes in the Lake District
The Screes, Lake Wastwater, Wasdale, Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England

A walk around Rydal Water in the English Lakes

One of the most beautiful short walks in the Lake District

Pictures and directions for the walk round Rydal Water
This walk starts outside my door. I know, I'm lucky. Many thousands of visitors take this walk each year. See the route and the photos.

Rydal Water- a beautiful Lake loved by Artists

I can see Rydal Water from my window in the English Lakes.
Rydal Water, 1786

Some more information about England's Lake District

See and read about the Lake District Lakes

The Top 10 Lakes in the Lake District
My choice of the best Lake District Lakes. The pictures are brilliant!

Walks around Grasmere Lake
Here are some easy walks in the lovely Grasmere area, the area that has inspired poets, most famously William Wordsworth.

Wordsworth's Lake District
The Lake District as known and loved by William Wordsworth, including information about Wordsworth's homes and life.

10 things to do in Grasmere
Spend a day in Grasmere- or better still, stay a few nights. Experience the Lake District in the most famous Lake District village.

Beautiful Grasmere, home of William, Wordsworth

Grasmere in the heart of England's Lake District.
Perfect Reflection in Early Morning, Grasmere, Near Ambleside, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Read all about England's Lake District

Here are just a taste of the many books written about the Lake District
Top 10 England's Lake District (Eyewi...
DK Eyewitness Travel
$14.00  $7.32
Short walks in the Lake District
HarperCollins UK
$11.99  $3.95
The Rough Guide to the Lake District
Rough Guides
$19.99  $7.61

Why I love England's Lake District

I live in a house owned by William Wordsworth in the heart of the Lake District.

My house, White Moss House, was once owned by the poet, William Wordsworth, who bought it for his son, also William ( known as Willie) The poet wanted his son to settle down, and bought this house ( White Moss House)  for the family. William Worsdworth at this time had become very famous, and lived at nearby Rydal Mount.Many people visit the Lake District National Park for cultural reasons. As well as being home to William Wordsworth, the Lake District was home to the poets Coeridge and Southey, Beatrix Potter, the author of Peter Rabbit, and John Ruskin, the philosopher, educator, patron of the arts and outstanding 19th century personality.There are many literary festivals and events throughout the year.

The Lake District has attracted writers, poets, and artists for centuries.Nowadays the Lake District is also famous as a centre for outdoor activities. Many of these activities centre on the Lakes themselves. There is every sort of water based activity, except for speed boats- these have been banned from the Lakes to ensure peace and quiet for other lake users.

The other major outdoor activitiy is walking, hiking and climbing the Lake District hills, known as "fells". I try to get out for a walk in this fantastic scenery every day.There are fell races, running meets, cycling events and many organised outdoor activities in the Lake District National Park.

The Lake District villages are quaint and fascinating. The Lake District has great accommodation, pubs and restaurants.

The Lake District can be visited at all tmes of year, and looks wonderful whatever the weather. 


I love the Lakes!

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Updated: 06/01/2013, whitemoss
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Welcome to my home, England's Lake District. I hope you enjoyed your visit.

whitemoss on 11/05/2015

Glad you enjoyed yourself. Did you get good weather? We've had a lovely autumn this year, but it's now turned wet

Veronica on 11/05/2015

Hello White Moss . I can't believe I have been back for a week. We all had a wonderful break and I have added two pages to WIzzley .

One is about Aira Force and one is about the Lake District wildlife park at Bassenthwaite.

whitemoss on 11/05/2015

Me too!

whitemoss on 11/05/2015

Thank you for your comments. Hoped you enjoy your trip

Veronica on 08/28/2015

Whitemoss, if we stayed inside whenever it rained here in North West England, we'd hardly leave the house.

I can't wait for my trip in 8 weeks time.

frankbeswick on 08/28/2015

I enjoy walking the quiet footpaths, simply enjoying the peace.

whitemoss on 08/28/2015

It really is beautiful

whitemoss on 08/28/2015

Glad you love the Lakes so much- I love living here

whitemoss on 08/28/2015

I live in Grasmere, so I know all about the rain!
Get out and walk is my top tip for my lovely home area.

frankbeswick on 07/24/2015

You can enjoy the mountain tops, but you can also find quiet places further down that are a delight to visit. There are many peaceful routes along footpaths or lanes, whose vistas and quietness replenish the soul. Veronica mentioned Bassenthwaite, which is a large lake separated from Derwentwater by an isthmus, but they are both part of the lovely valley of Borrowdale. If you visit, see the main sights, but be aware that the byways contain so much beauty.

Veronica mentioned the rain, well it is northern England, so we expect rain, but the Lake District can be enjoyed despite the weather.

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