The Lake District

Lake District, Cumbria, England. Guide and Virtual Tour.


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Bowness, Windermere
Bowness, Windermere "It is ideally suited for those visitors who want a range of places to sleep, eat, drink and shop in the midst of beautiful scenery: but be warned. Quiet it is not..."
Windermere from Fell Foot Park
Windermere from Fell Foot Park "a hugely popular spot for picnics, boating and generally lazing by the lake with children and friends. There are tea rooms and large car parks. You can hire rowing boats from here, paddle, or swim..."
Kirkstone Pass
Kirkstone Pass "The road from Ambleside over to Ullswater takes you over Kirkstone Pass, between the mountain of Red Screes to the west and Caudale Moor to the east..."
View of Ashness Bridge
View of Ashness Bridge "There are fantastic views of Derwentwater from here, but unfortunately, every photographer in the Lake District knows it. Getting the place to yourself for more than a couple of seconds is an art form in itself..."
Yew Tree Tarn, Lakeside
Yew Tree Tarn, Lakeside "You could easily miss this pretty little tarn on your way to Coniston from Ambleside. It nestles beside the road, to the west and is invariable quiet and still..."
Brockhole Lake District Visitors Centre
Brockhole Lake District Visitors Centre "It is a great place to find out more about the Lake District, in beautiful surroundings, As well as a tea room and a gift shop, there a many well marked paths in the grounds along the lake, beautiful gardens, treasure hunts..."

Lakes and Mountains

Windermere | Ambleside | Walkers Country | Mountains | Western Lakes | North East

For those of us who know and love it, The Lake District is undisputedly the most beautiful part of England. Its craggy, majestic mountains, sparkling lakes and tarns, and windswept fells tug at the heart and the spirit. Once this place has crept into your bones, beware: you may well have begun a deep and lasting love-affair.

These days, more of us are considering a UK holiday or short break.

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And where better than our beautiful English Lake District? If you're considering a trip to Cumbria, and need to know where to go, what to see and where to stay, then this Virtual Reality Lake District tour should help you to make up your mind, before you hit the M6.



We have visited the most popular spots and some far-flung corners, so that you don't have to! We know and love the Lake District and we are delighted to share it with you, so that you can make a choice that's right for you, before you pay a single penny. more...



The Lake District - lakes
A beautiful view of the English Lake District


Our tour takes you to many of the more well-known parts of Cumbria’s Lake District: from the bottom of Windermere at Fell Foot Park, up the east side of the lake to Gummers How (which Wainwright described as “a mountain in miniature”), and onwards along the shores of Windermere to one of the most well-known tourist destinations: Bowness. This is where many visitors know best – they stay here, visit here for day trips, eat out here or take a boat trip. We travelled back here at the end of our tour, on the ferry from Far Sawrey.

Boat to Ambleside


From here we continue towards Ambleside at the north of the lake (another popular honey-pot for visitors), stopping off at the excellent visitor’s centre at Brockhole, which is highly recommended for new visitors to the area.

Walkers Country

Continuing towards Grasmere (Wordsworth country) we pass White Moss and look across to Loughrigg Terrace and the twin lakes of Rydal and Grasmere. Loughrigg is popular walker’s country, being easily accessible, not too high and providing a link between Ambleside and Grasmere.

Mountain views

Highest Mountain

Further north again, we travel past the foot of England’s highest mountain, Helvellyn, towards Keswick and the “Queen of the Lakes”, Derwent Water, stopping to gaze at Thirlmere and the lovely valley of St Johns in the Vale, with the backdrop of Blencathra (my favourite mountain... Although Great Gable is a bit special too...)

Ashness Bridge & Western Lakes

Ashness Bridge is close by – one of the most photographed views in the Lake District.

From here, we head to the less visited western Lake District over Honister Pass to the twin lakes of Buttermere and Crummock Water.

North Eastern Lake District

Ullswater, on the north east of the Lake District, is a popular , but not too developed spot – as well as being loved by sailors and walkers, it provides great access to High Street and the Helvellyn Range from the eastern flanks.

It is hard to find anywhere in this beautiful place you wouldn’t want to visit. We need to go back to complete our tour with all the shots we didn’t have time for: Coniston, Hawkshead, Keswick, Wasdale, Ennerdale...