10 amazing views in the Lake District


The golden sunset from Blencathra


Not too far from the magical Castlerigg Stone Circle is another fantastical place; Blencathra which overlooks the River Greta. It's one of the park's most northerly hills with various routes leading to its summit. The best time to reach the top is just before sunset so you can soak up that golden glow.

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This flawless shot of Stickle Tarn

Pavey Ark

 A series of pikes or peaks. Harrison Stickle and Pike of Stickle.

With a steep ascent, hiking up Stickle Tarn is far from a walk in the park but the views from the summit will take your breath away, that's if the hike hasn't already. Be sure to pop by the National Trust-owned Sticklebarn pub for a well-deserved post-hike pint.

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The martian-like landscape of Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike

View from the top of Scafell Pike in Cumbria

Have you got what it takes to tackle England's tallest mountain? Mingling with the clouds at a lofty 978 m (3,209 ft), the journey up can be strenuous but seasoned hikers can reach the top via many routes, all of which are distinctively different, in around three hours starting from Wasdale Head.

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The majestic snowy peak that is Causey Pike

Causey Pike

Although it's one of the shorter Wainwright Fells walks, don't let the length fool you. The final climb to Causey Pike, a narrow cone-like peak, requires a full-on scramble up a rocky crag. If your hands and knees aren't up for it, you can admire the sweet-smelling heather on a gentle hike instead.

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This glassy stretch of Wast Water

Wast Water

Landscape view Wastwater in the English Lake District, Cumbria, rocks and mountains.

Undoubtedly one of the best views in the UK, England's deepest lake sits at the foot of Scafell Pike in the north. YHA Wasdale, a 19th-century manor house perched on the southern shore of the lake in the south is where you'll be able to get that picture-perfect Instagram photo.

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This Yosemite-sque landscape in Loweswater


View across Loweswater in the Lake District

This tranquil spot, another of the park's smaller lakes. is where you can escape the crowds on less trodden paths including a circular walk with a secret waterfall and deer and red squirrels to look out for between the trees. 

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This hygge-inducing shot of Buttermere

Buttermere Valley

 Rear view of young woman on a hillside with two dogs, looking down on a lake in Buttermere, Cumbria, England.

Have you ever spent the night in a mountain bothy? A free shelter for weary hikers, this particular slate-built bothy known as Dubs Hut just happens to be located in one of the most picturesque spots in the Lake District, overlooking Buttermere Valley with its sweeping emerald fells and placid lakes.

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This dreamy photo of Brothers Water

Brothers Water

Sunny views across Brothers Water in the Lake District

This small but perfectly formed body of water is more remote than some of the Lake District's more famous lakes. It's also a great spot for a super-easy walk where you follow a flat path with a wooded fell chirping with birds on one side and the calm ripples of Brotherswater on the other.

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These candyfloss clouds above Derwent Water

Derwent Water

 Derwent Water, The English Lake District

This is Surprise View, a viewing spot south-east of Derwent Water where you can gaze out over the whole of Derwent Water, the market town of Keswick, and beyond to Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance.

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The endless views over Ennerdale valley

Great Gable

Great Gable ticks all the boxes for hikers. Not only is it a majestic sight all by itself, its central location means you can soak up views of both Ennerdale and Crummockdale when you reach the top.

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24 Mar 2021(last updated)

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    Pavey Ark

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    Scafell Pike

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    Causey Pike

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    Wast Water

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    Buttermere Valley

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    Brothers Water

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    Derwent Water

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    Great Gable

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