Make a date with our new calendar!
This year's theme for our calendar is what gives the Lake District its name; Lakes. Well to be precise lakes, waters, meres and tarns. The old catch out is that officially it has just one lake - Bassenthwaite Lake - the only body of water that has lake in its title. Let's be clear on one thing, the Lake District has an array of stunning bodies of water with views that have captured hearts and the rhymes of poets and the brushes of great artists.
Choosing 13 (we include a December of the current year on our calendars) was certainly not easy. There's a cast of hundreds - but in the main, we've looked at the most popular and well known although we apologise to Buttermere fans!
Every time you make a climb or hike you'll likely come across a tarn and Blea Tarn is one of the most popular as it offers the most glorious views of the Langdales as well as being home to a wide range of fauna and flora - one of nature's true havens.
Talk to locals and visitors about their favourite lake and you'll get a multitude of answers but Grasmere is serene. From the drop down from The Langdales you're afforded that magical vista of the lake, the village and beyond to the peak of Helm Crag known as 'The Lion and the Lamb' - there's never a bad day to take that view in!
So what's our favourite? Well, close to home we have Coniston Water and a favourite for walks, bike rides and even the odd dip! But the perennial favourite is the 'Queen of the Lakes' - Derwentwater - home to Keswick, majestic Walla Crag, the endearing Catbells. It has that sense of absolute serenity when you stand near to its lapping water and a scene that has barely changed in many, many years.
We hope you enjoy flicking through our 13 lakes, waters, meres and tarns and for the record here's what made our list:-
Coniston Water (cover), Rydal Water, Blea Tarn, Brotherswater, Derwentwater, Windermere, Grasmere, Wastwater, Loweswater, Ullswater, Crummock Water, Ennerdale, Haweswater and Thirlmere.