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Northern Lakes

Off the beaten track, where cosy cottages nestle amoungst enchanted wooded vales


Ullswater from Helvellyn

Amazing Fell Views

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Much of the Northern Lakes is characterised by its untouched beauty. So for those wishing to escape the ‘rat race’ this region must feature high on the agenda.

The northern region of the Lake District National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty with dramatic scenery and a great variety of wildlife. There are many places to stay and to visit, each with their own special appeal, from the fell villages in the north of the region to lake side villages around such lakes as Derwentwater, Ullswater and Bassenthwaite. Villages set in beautiful valleys such as Borrowdale and Patterdale. Then of course there is the pretty Northern Lakes town of Keswick.

With dramatic mountain ranges like Helvellyn, Blencathra and Skiddaw this area is ideal for walkers. Cyclists can enjoy exploring the many valleys, villages and forest tracks and water sports enthusiasts have plenty of lakes to choose from. Local amenities are never far away and Keswick provides the ideal base for family holidays, with many shops, pubs and restaurants right on the doorstep.

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Destinations in Northern Lakes

Keswick from Walla Crag

Keswick & Area

Keswick is overlooked by spectacular scenery including the towering Skiddaw and Lonscale Fell to the north and Derwentwater a stones throw away to the south, in the heart of the Northern Lakes.

Bassenthwaite Lake & Skiddaw

Bassenthwaite Lake Area

Bassenthwaite Lake and village of the same name is situated just north west of Keswick in the Northern Lakes. The magnificent Skiddaw can be seen rising to the east and Grisedale Pike to the south west.

View over Thornthwaite

Thornthwaite & Braithwaite

Thornthwaite and Braithwaite are situated in between Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwentwater in the Northern Lakes.

Newland Fells

Portinscale & Newlands Valley

Portinscale at the foot of Derwentwater is neatly sandwiched between Keswick, only a mile away to the east, Bassenthwaite Lake just to the north and Whinlatter Forest Park to the west.

Threlkeld & Blencathra

St John's in the Vale & Threlkeld

Threlkeld and St. Johns in the Vale are just to the east of Keswick in the Northern Lakes. The steep sided Blencathra looms over Threlkeld village, a popular starting point for walking the mountain.

Head of Borrowdale Valley

Borrowdale and Buttermere

The steep sided Borrowdale Valley extends some 10 miles from its source high in the Scafell Mountains down to the shores of Derwent Water close to Keswick.


Ullswater Area

Ullswater is the Lake District’s second largest lake at 9 miles long. Located in the eastern side of Cumbria, it bends and twists its way through dramatic mountain scenery.

Caldbeck Village

Caldbeck Fells

Located high in the Northern Lakes on the northern fringe of the Lake District National Park lie the ancient fell villages of Caldbeck, Hesket Newmarket and Uldale.

Things to do in Northern Lakes

Bassenthwaite Lake

The glacial formed lake of Bassenthwaite which once was linked to Derwentwater many years ago, is the only water form in the Lake District which is named a ‘lake’ as the others are ‘waters’, ‘meres’ and ‘tarns’.


Hidden behind Skiddaw away from the busier part of the Lake District, is the beautiful village of Caldbeck.

Trotters World of Adventures

Situated on the outskirts of Bassenthwaite Lake, this brilliant animal attraction is a great day out for all no matter what your age!

Ashness Bridge

The idyllic setting is one of the most photographed viewpoints in the Lake District, with an amazing view over the lake of Derwentwater towards Keswick and the surrounding fells.

Borrowdale Valley

South of Keswick you can find the stunning valley of Borrowdale where you will discover the three valleys known as Watendlath, Stonethwaite and Seathwaite.

Bowder Stone

Located in the Borrowdale valley near the Grange village is a 2000 ton boulder. It is most unusually placed, balanced on a strange angle.

Honister Slate Mine

First recordings of mining at the Honister Slate Mine dates back to the 1700’s, but it is believed it may have started in the Roman or even Pre-Historic era.

Carlisle Castle

Built in 1092, Carlisle Castle is situated on the edge of the city centre with the River Eden running alongside. It is home to the famous ruins of Queen Mary’s Tower.

Talkin Tarn Country Park

This tarn is situated close to Brampton, surrounded by beautiful woodland and farmland, a perfect place to take a leisurely walk with wonderful views of the Pennine fells.

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