Northern Lakes in Cumbria

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

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 in Cumbria

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thornthwaite & Braithwaite

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

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.

Things to do in Northern Lakes in Cumbria

Lowther Castle and Gardens

Lowther Castle is situated near Penrith, on the northern edge of the Lake District National Park. The castle ruins are scattered around the 130 acres of rural gardens.

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

A day out at Tullie House in Carlisle is a great day out and suitable for all ages. This Grade I listed building with a contemporary extension is full of history.


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

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.

Hutton in the Forest

This ancient house surrounded by medieval forest is a secret gem to visit during the summer, with this private residence containing collections of furniture, art and tapestry.

Dalemain Historic House and Gardens

Dalemain Historic House and Gardens is situated not far from Lake Ullswater on the north side towards Penrith. `Manor of the Valley' is the meaning of the name `Dalemain' and it describes the settlement brilliantly.

The Glass House Restaurant
The Glass House Restaurant

Located in the heart of Ambleside is this wonderful restaurant known as The Glass House with its suberb glass front, allowing you to soak up in the amazing lighting over the amazing architecture and artefacts whilst enjoying your food made from local produce.

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