Obviously, the Lake District is so-called for a reason. Strewn with lakes, mountain tarns and streams, its natural, watery splendor has launched a thousand postcards! England’s largest and longest lake (12 miles/19km) is Windermere. With several picturesque villages and towns along its shores, Windermere is an action-fiend’s dream: take your pick from sailing, swimming, wake-boarding and more. Resting at the foot of England’s highest mountain, Wastwater is arguably the region’s most scenic lake: walking trails allow you to explore its stunning surrounds up close. Visit the ancient township of Keswick and see rare wildlife at Derwent; and revel in the untouched beauty of less visited Bassenthwaite Lake.
Long beloved by writers and artists, the Lake District’s literary pedigree will satisfy the most demanding bookworm. Grasmere Lake and its environs are William Wordsworth country: the Romantic poet immortalized the area with his lyrical verse and, over a century later.