The 10 Most Stunning Views in the Lake District

The stunning views in the Lake District are within the most beautiful regions of England. Next time you visit, take the time to enjoy some spectacular views over lakes, mountains and fells.

10 Most Stunning Views in the Lake District

Derwentwater from Friar’s Crag

Described by former local resident and philanthropist, John Ruskin, as ‘one of the three most beautiful scenes in Europe’, the view of Derwentwater from Friar’s Crag is breath-taking.

Friar’s Crag was once used as an embarkations point for monks making the pilgrimage to St Herbert’s Island. Now popular with ramblers and hikers, the view of a vast inland lake and Brindlehow Woods on the far shore is well worth the 10 minute walk from the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.

Wasdale Head from Wastwater

Voted the best view in Britain, with Scafell Pike as a backdrop, visitors flock to see this incredible region of the Lakes. Spring is the perfect time to visit.

Tarn Hows

A man-made stretch of water, Tarn Hows offers one of the most popular flat walks in the Lakes, which is accessible by wheelchair. Beautiful views over the lake and breath-taking scenery make this walk worthwhile.

Bassenthwaite Lake

If you want to combine stunning views with a visit to the Osprey Watch Centre in Dodd Wood, you could well remember your visit for years to come. The Osprey, one of England´s rarest birds has been nesting in Cumbria for years and well placed webcams allow visitors to see the wildlife and the lake below.


Look out over Windermere from Bowness Jetty. Although Windermere is one of the busiest lakes, go around the side of the lake opposite the Glebe at Bowness, and walk out onto the jetty pointing northwards. A great view of the fills, the ferries and the small islands.

Coniston Gondola

You can admire stunning views in the Lake District from the water. Coniston is home to the beautifully restored Gondola which transports passengers to historic Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin, famous social reformer. Coniston is also where Donald Campbell lost his life attempting the world Water Speed Record. Beautiful tarns and the Old Man of Coniston loom in the distance.

Haystacks from Buttermere

Alfred Wainwright loved Haystacks so much that he arranged to have his ashes scattered there. Look over Sour Milk Ghyll to the right of the lake, and look out for the red squirrel who inhabits the area.


Stunning scenery around Ullswater keeps walkers returning for more of the same, and this is an ideal location for photographers. Take the Ullswater Ferry across the lake and look towards Kirkstone Pass and down to Pooley Bridge.


Hire a boat in front of the Fairy Café and enjoy fantastic views from Grasmere itself. Enjoy delicious snacks at the café afterwards, while watching the light dance over the water.

Rydal Water

Look over Heron Island and the ´Lion & the Lamb´ rocky outcrop perched on top of Helm Crag. Coleridge once lived in the white cottage on the other side of the lake, and it is easy to see why Rydal Water so inspired him.

Admire the stunning views in the Lake District as you stay in a Windermere Spa Hotel.

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