Best Views in the Lake District: Windermere, Grasmere and Langdale

The ideal walking holiday in the Lake District must include breathtaking views of Lakeland, which can easily be incorporated into any walking route. The South Lakeland landscape, containing Grasmere, Windermere and Langdale, starkly contrasts with the more rugged Northern Lakes, having soft contours and idyllic villages. The follows great views in Cumbria are worth seeking out.

Sightseeing within Grasmere Walks


Grasmere is riddled with great walking trails and cycle routes which includes plenty of breathtaking views. Known as Wordsworth country, being the location of the great writer’s residence and his original manuscripts, pretty views are aplenty around nearby Loughrigg, Rydal and Grasmere itself where one may find plenty of mountain tarns, ghylls and woodland to explore.

A popular cycle route or walking route within the Lakes, Loughrigg terrace overlooking Rydal and Grasmere Lake under the sentinels of Steel Fell and Helm Grag, provides a great view and a perfect picnic spot
Incidentally, Loughrigg fell is scarred with great walking routes, a notable viewing point being at Lily Tarn, where breathtaking views of Ambleside and Windermere can be seen. The summit cairn provides further views of the key fells, Scafell, Pike O’Blisco, Crinkle Crags and the Langdale Pikes.

Helm Crag, with its great views of Rydal and Grasmere, harbours the bizarrely shaped crags known as the Howitzer or Mortar on Dunmail Raise which looks a little like a hand.

Fantastic Views in Windermere

Walking routes around Windermere rewards the low fell walker with fantastic views without too much effort. The following viewing points within Windermere are worth seeking out.
Orrest Head, marked by an ordinance survey post, just a stone’s throw from Windermere provides great views across the lake, as well as the key fells of Skiddaw, Coniston and Blencathra.
High Street, an old Roman packhorse route on a mountain ridge, not far from Troutbeck, provides a challenge for the more ambitious walker, where the top opens out on both sides at the Straits of Riggindale, looking towards the Knott.
Not far away, Ill Bell on the Yoke Ridge is scattered with impressive cairns, a little distance from High Street.

Dramatic Views in Langdale, Elterwater and Coniston

The Langdale Valley, with the distinctive peaks of the Langdale pikes, contains many great walking routes with dramatic views across Elterwater, Little Langdale and Great Langdale.

Pike O Stickle, one of the twin summits of the Langdale Pikes, rewards with breathtaking views across the Langdale Valley, Windermere and several key fells, being Skiddaw, Bield, Pinnacle and Glaramara. Langdale’ other summit, Harrison Stickle, just a short distance away adds a real sense of depth to the vista.

The Langdale Pikes can also be viewed from Side Pike on the western limb of Lingmoor.
The Old Man of Coniston, overlooking Levers Water and offering great views of the Yorkshire Dales must not be overlooked.

South Lakeland Views

Great views of the Lake District can be found around southern Lakeland, location of the valleys of Langdale, Elterwater, Windermere and Grasmere. This idyllic setting has too many vistas to cram into this article, but some of the best Lakeland views can be found on the summit of the Langdale Pikes, Loughrigg Fell and for the more modest walker, Orrest Head.