26. Scafell Pike
Claiming the title of England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike stands at 978 metres in the heart of the Lake District National Park. This dramatic peak looms over Wastwater in the glacial Wasdale Valley and rubs shoulders with the likes of Kirk Fell and Great Gable. There are several routes up to the summit, but the route starting from Wasdale Head is the most popular with walkers completing the Three Peaks Challenge.
Buttermere is surrounded by vertiginous mountains and tranquil countryside. The path that runs the perimeter of Buttermere can be completed within two to three hours and is popular with families. Owned by The National Trust, Buttermere is renowned for its natural beauty, and its name means ‘lake by the dairy pastures'.
28. Honister Pass
Winding up from the southern end of Buttermere from Gatesgarth Farm, Honister Pass cuts through the Borrowdale Valley to Seatoller. Reaching 356 metres, it is considered one of the most dramatic and beautiful passes in the Lake District owing to its steep gradient and majestic views.
The Wasdale Valley contains many of the geological features that the Lake District is most renowned for. For example, Scafell Pike, England’s tallest mountain, towers at 978m high, casting a vast silhouette over the valley below. A few kilometres to the east lies England’s deepest lake - Wastwater. Here, along its tranquil lakeshores, you will find some of the best vantage points for taking in the rugged beauty of this valley.
The walled city of Chester is famous for its Tudor-style architecture, Roman amphitheatre and historic cathedral, which was once a Benedictine Abbey. Everywhere you look, there are wonderful reminders of the city’s Roman history.
The South Lakeland fells and countryside surround Cartmel, and its famous 12th-century Priory Church offers centuries of enthralling history. The village itself offers great food and dining opportunities from artisan bread and cheese shops to traditional pubs.
Visit a bygone age by climbing aboard a steam train at Haverthwaite Station and enjoy the stunning views across Lake Windermere. The Furness Railway was developed during the 1850s and 1860s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution, to transport coal and iron ore from the coastal mines to the heavy industries of the North West and North East of England.
34. Lake Windermere
Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England at 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 220ft deep. With awe-inspiring views across this ribbon lake, it is the perfect location for those who enjoy water-based activities and spectacular walks or simply those who prefer to unwind in tranquil surroundings.
35. Tarn Hows
Owned by the National Trust, Tarn Hows is a tranquil beauty spot surrounded by the familiar Lakeland peaks of the Langdale Pikes and Coniston fells. There’s a circular walking trail that follows the shoreline of the tarn and introduces you to the local wildlife. An incredible 140 species of birds have been recorded in the area with kingfishers, tawny owls and peregrine falcons among them.
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