The naturally beautiful landscape of The Lake District National Park has been the main draw for attracting tourist to this area for hundreds of years. From postcard perfect lakeside views to panoramic fell top vistas guaranteed to take your breath away. You’ll be spoilt for choice knowing where to point your camera!
For first time visitors it can be tricky to know where to start. We’ve therefore selected our top 10 scenic view points in the Lakes.
Views from Skelwith Fold
As our holiday park located in the heart of the Lakes, we are fortunate to have a number of scenic views. A favourite for many of our guests is the view over to Loughrigg and Langdales. Find a secluded spot and enjoy some down time just admiring the scenery.
To the north east of Skelwith Fold is Hawswater Reservoir. Take the scenic journey here and you can travel along the road which run downs the side of the water. At the end is the car park which has space for 25 vehicles. It is located at the head of the Mardale Valley and overlooks Haweswater. Parking here is free.
Get to this one early to guarantee a spot where you can spend the whole day. This small but ideally situated car park fills up quickly but if you can get in here you’ll be rewarded with a picture perfect location at the northern tip of Coniston Water.
It is only around 20 metres from the water’s edge so it’s a perfect spot to launch a kayak or paddle board. Alternatively if you want to just have a swim or paddle your feet in the water. This one of the best scenic view points in the Lakes and offers some great photo opportunities.
Near the southern tip of Derwent Water is the brilliantly named Surprise View. It’s one of the most famous sceneries in the lakes. The view of the lake is majestic.
There are a number of car parks close by. If you choose to leave from one of the lakeside car parks it makes the walk up to the viewpoint worth every step. It’s not difficult to see why this is one of the best scenic view points in the Lakes.
Not far from our park, just up the hill from us, is the impressive Wray Castle. This National Trust run property offers guests the opportunity to explore the gothic building and the treasures which are held within its walls. In the 1840s a surgeon and an heiress from Liverpool began building a castle with panoramic Lake District views that would only ever have to defend itself from the Lake District weather. It is one of the superb National Trust days out in the Lakes.
Not only do the extensive grounds provide visitors with a great opportunity to stretch their legs but they also reveal a number of particularly jaw dropping vistas. The view from the picnic benches looking over Windermere to the fells beyond is particularly beautiful.
Heading west out of Keswick towards Cockermouth via the A66 you’ll drive alongside Bassenthwaite Lake. There is a viewing point here where you can take in the lovely views. You can follow a lakeside path all the way along the western shore.
Bassenthwaite Lake is a very important place for wildlife so be sure to take your binoculars. Hundreds of birds including osprey migrate to the lake. Also fish such as Atlantic salmon come to Bassenthwaite to spawn.
Aira Force Waterfall
Go on a day trip to see the Aira Force Waterfall and you’ll be able to take in a great walk along the River Eden with some of the best views in the Lake district. The cafe near the car park is dog friendly and offers a nice selection of cakes and sandwiches. Grab a coffee or ice cream and enjoy spectacular views and tire the kids out if at all possible!
Esthwaite Water is one of the smaller and lesser known lakes in the Lake District National Park. It is located between the much larger lakes of Windermere and Coniston Water and just a 15 drive from our Lake District Holiday Park.
On arrival you’ll be blown away by the views which greet you. Mature trees are framed by the rolling hills behind and the surrounding water.
Not far from us is the picturesque Rydal Water. It is one of the smallest lakes but it is popular partly because of its Wordsworth connections. Steps lead up from the western end of the lake to ‘Wordsworth’s Seat’ which was by all accounts the poet’s favourite viewpoint.
There are a number of trails to explore and views to admire. More adventurous visitors should head out to explore Rydal Caves. There are two car parks near by – White Moss and Rydal Caves. Be sure to be back in time to avoid any fines if parking in these!
The Langdale Valley is one of the most popular hiking areas in the Lake District, and quite rightly so. It is Ideal for accessing the high fells, Mickleden, the Pikes and long routes to Scafell Pike. Explore this stunning location and you’ll be treated to secluded tarns, craggy summits and beautiful views across Windermere. The Langdales are a ‘must do’ for any walker.
For a less strenuous option head to the car park located opposite New Dungeon Ghyll. The view from the car park is another gem. Combine your visit with a lunch or dinner stop at the hotel. Best of all Skelwith Advantage Club members can get 10% off meals at the restaurant.