Sitting on the route of a Roman road linking Penrith to Ambleside, High Street is the highest of the far eastern fells. The ascent from Mardale Head via the Rigg is considered to be one of the finest in the Lake District.
Laying along the A591 from Keswick to Windermere most people by-pass Thirlmere on their way to and from Ambleside and Grasmere. However, the view from the dam at the northern end of the reservoir is well worth the short detour from the main road.
Grasmere from Loughrigg Fell, one of the best views in all of Lakeland. Tackle the short climb to the summit and you will also be rewarded with fabulous views of the Langdale Pikes to the east.
The climb from Keswick to Walla Crag is a very popular walk with visitors to the northern lakes. Those descending via Falcon Crag are rewarded with fabulous views across Derwent Water to Catbells and the Newlands Valley.
There is only one true lake in the Lake District (Bassenthwaite); the rest are meres and tarns. Reservoirs such as Thirlmere, Haweswater and Kentmere sit effortlessly in the landscape alongside their naturally formed cousins.
Rydal Water is one of the smallest lakes in the Lake District. It sits on the A591 between Grasmere and Ambleside and is reputed to have been the inspiration for many of the poems by William Wordsworth.
Buttermere is the Lake District at it's finest. It has some of the best walks in the National Park including the ascent of Haystacks, the favourite of the greatest fell walker of them all, Alfred Wainwright.
The Lake District is arguably at it's finest during the autumn when the shortening days and cooler temperatures give rise to a blanket of red, orange and gold as the trees prepare themselves for winter.
Still conditions in Lakeland can produce glass like reflections on the lakes. Rising early will give you the best chance to enjoy one of the most spectacular sights that the Lake District has to offer.
Our woolly friends are as much a part of the Lake District landscape as the fells and the lakes themselves. Alfred Wainwright certainly seemed to think so dedicating the fourth of his pictorial guides to “the sheep of Lakeland”.