Top 10 Hiddens Gems in the Lake District

Surprise View Keswick

At Surprise View you can look out over the whole of the Derwentwater, Keswick, and beyond to Bassenthwaite Lake. Take care with children as there are no barriers and this is the top of a cliff.  . Fabulous scenery, great walks around the lake and nearby. The bustling town of Keswick lies immediately to the north of Derwentwater, full of shops, places to eat and attractions. Take a cruise round the lake or hire a boat for some time on the water.


Aira Force

The waterfalls here are breath taking and in the winter they can actually freeze. Aira Force drops an impressive 65 feet and is surrounded by pretty woodland. A short distance from the car park, this moderate 2 hour walk can be extended to High Force beyond or Gowbarrow fell. Look out for the famous red squirrel!  Located In the north-east corner of the Lake District National Park, around Ullswater Lake and 7 miles south of Penrith. Ullswater is a beautiful lake winding through a glaciated valley with impressive mountain scenery. Aira Force Waterfall and the Ullswater daffodils are what inspired many of Wordsworth's great works.        



Fairy Walk Gelt Wood

Fairy doors mysteriously appear and disappear at Gelt Wood, the doors in the trees are only 2” high, where do they come from?


Ennerdale Water Bluebells

Two and half miles long and 148 feet deep and the water is crystal clear. Most of the shoreline is owned by the National Trust and the woods by the Forestry Commission. Unlike most major lakes in the Lake District, no public road runs along the shore, making Ennerdale a peaceful haven for wildlife, Bluebells can be seen in April and May.


Tarn Hows Coniston

This idyllic fell-top tarn offers one of the most iconic views in the Lake District – but despite looking like it has been there for eternity, it is actually man-made, created by a Leeds mill owner in 1865. Gifted to the National Trust by Beatrix Potter, the path around it has been made accessible for buggies and mobility scooters, ideal for walkers of all ages and abilities. In the summer it’s an ideal place to take a dip and have a picnic, pick a clear day for stunning views.  


Remoter and more peaceful than some of the big-name lakes, but every bit as beautiful, Buttermere (above) is the perfect place to spend a sunny day. A gentle walk around the shores will take in views of craggy peaks, grassy uplands and, in the spring, carpets of bluebells. The name Buttermere means ‘the lake by the dairy pastures’, so make sure you don’t miss out on an ice cream at one of the farms in the village.        - Peaceful walk round a lake - In the heart of dramatic scenery - Pretty hamlet of Buttermere       OS Map:         O/S 1.25,000. OL4 The English Lakes North West Buy Map Start Point:    NY 175170. Buttermere. There is a pay and display parking in the village which fills quickly but there is plenty of parking on the Newlands road as well. Walk past the Fish Inn to start. Height to Climb:       15 ms (49 feet) Terrain:          There is a very small section of road walking after Gatesgarth, the rest is very good, easy to follow paths. Eating & Drinking:   There are 2 very good pubs in Buttermere, the Bridge Hotel and the Fish Inn. There are also 2 tea shops


Watendlath Tarn Fishing

Just up past Ashness bridge is Watendlath Tarn, it’s an exceptionally picturesque mountain tarn and is fabulous for a day's fishing. There's a really nice cafe at the farmhouse where you pick up your permit.        


Toffee Shop Penrith

Fudge and Toffee addicts from all over the world flock to Penriths Toffee shop, the secret recipe is to die for.


Wild swimming at Buckstone Jump

A triangular plunge pool in the fells, open with large pebble beach and large rock slabs. Views down to Rydal Beck. Deep under Waterfall or Gorge (3m)



Hardknott Roman Fort

A little way up Hardknott pass from the Eskdale side just before the higher really sharp hairpin bend are the remains of a Roman Fort still with the flat parade ground a little above.  Overlooking Eskdale, high, and remote. A beautiful place when the sun shone, but brutal in the cold and rain. Apparently it wasn't occupied by the Romans for very long, who could blame them!