Wastwater, England's deepest lake, lies in Wasdale to the west of the National Park. The view from the south-western end of the lake near the youth hostel was voted Britain’s Favourite View in 2007 by television viewers. The view takes in the lake with the mountains of Yewbarrow, Great Gable and Lingmell behind. It forms the basis for the National Park's logo. Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, lies at the top of Lingmell.
This village lies at the very north eastern end of the lake and has a pub, a few houses and the tiny church of St Olaf. The road there is narrow and single-track so drive carefully.
The tiny village of Nether Wasdale is to the west of the lake and has two pubs.
The beautiful Eskdale valley includes villages like Santon Bridge and Boot. There's also the Ravenglass and Eskdale steam railway. There are several pubs and a few local shops.
On the west coast of Cumbria, Ravenglass is the only coastal town in the National Park. There is a shingle beach and fishermen’s cottages looking out over the estuary.
Ennerdale Water is the only lake which does not have a road running along its full length.
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In Maryport, watch native and tropical fish and stroke the rays.More on Coast Aquarium and book
Visit this beautiful castle, home to the World Owl Centre, 800 years of history and the odd ghost.More on Muncaster Castle and book
Journey through spectacular landscape to the foot of England's highest mountains.More on the Railway and book
Learn about the 'rum' tales of pirates and smugglers.More on The Rum Story and book
Swimmers may be able to see boaters but boaters may not be able to see swimmers!
Take a look at the photos below. If you were steering a boat, which swimmer is easier to spot?
Exposure to cool water can rapidly lead to hypothermia
Other people use the lakes too! Windermere, Derwentwater, Coniston Water and Ullswater are busy with boats. People on boats may struggle to see swimmers. A collision with any boat can be fatal.
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