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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.