The Lake once supplied water to the Lancaster and Kendal Canal; The 37 acre lake is situated in picturesque countryside and provides excellent fishing
Despite opposition, Haweswater was made into a reservoir in 1929 swallowing the villages of Mardale and Measand which can be seen when water is low.
Buttermere is ringed by the crags and peaks of Haystacks, Feetwith Pike and others. The 4 mile walk around the lake boasts impressive views.
Wastwater is probably the most scenic of all the lakes. It is surrounded by mountains, Red Pike, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Scafell Pike.
Esthwaite Water is a natural lake extending to 280 acres. Rated as one of the finest waters in the Lake District, boasting excellent pike and trout.
Ullswater bends and twists its way through spectacular panoramas against a backdrop of mountain scenery on one side and a gently curving shoreline of green fields and woodlands on the other. Helvellyn is the main mountain near Ullswater.
Bassenthwaite Lake, owned by the National Park Authority, is 4 miles long and 3/4 mile wide, and 70ft deep and home to the rare vendace fish species.
Thirlmere is a pretty, clear lake with a wooded shoreline and is best enjoyed from the west shore which winds its way through the trees. The views around the lake up to Helvellyn and Dollywagon Pike are impressive.
At 5 miles long, Coniston Water is the third largest of the lakes. Arthur Ransome based his children's book Swallows and Amazons on the Lake.
- Rail station: Windermere (11 miles)
- Parking: free
Ennerdale is the most westerly of the lakes, and the most remote. A deep glacial lake, Ennerdale Water is the only lake without a road next to it.
Derwent Water is a local beauty spot that is frequented by walkers who hike around the eastern shore of this quiet lake.
Located close to Kirkstone Pass, Brotherswater is surrounded by breathtaking scenery. It is reknown for its large trout.
Elterwater lies in an attractive setting, a few miles west of Ambleside, hidden behind Loughrigg and Silver How, at the entrance to Great Langdale.
Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England at 12 miles long and has delightful towns and villages nestled on the shore.
Nestled in a wooded valley in the far west of the Lake District, in the Vale of Lorton, Loweswater is a peaceful lake that is often bypassed.
Rydal Water is one of the smallest lakes and is very popular partly because of its Wordsworth connections. Steps lead up to 'Wordsworth's Seat'.
Crummock Water has unparalleled views. At 2.5 miles long, it is a clear, rocky bottomed lake flanked by steep fellsides of Skiddaw slate.
Grasmere lake lies to the south of Grasmere village, around which there are some gentle walks for those that prefer the lower ground.