Great Views in the Lake District: Borrowdale, Buttermere and Ullswater

Mountain walking in the Lake District is not in short supply in the northern Lakes, location of Scafell, England’s highest fell, and Wastwater, England’s deepest lake. The valleys of Borrowdale, Buttermere and Ullswater will not disappoint the rambler on a walking holiday, where the following breathtaking views must be sought out by the fell walker.
 
Great Views of Borrowdale and Derwent
 

 
Contrasting sharply with the softer landscape of south Lakeland views, location of Grasmere, Elterwater, Coniston and Langdale, the northern Lakes offers a wilderness of breathtaking views sprinkled with high mountain tarns, ghylls and woodlands.
 
Borrowdale valley (picture above) is no exception, where the following sites must be sought out during a UK walking holiday whether it is rambling or cycling the Lakes.
 
Castle Crag, a dramatic how with bizarre turrets offers great views of Derwent and Skiddaw.
 
The low fell walker will appreciate Castlerigg Stone Circle, thought to be over 4000 years old and enclosed within the Skiddaw range, a must detour for the fell walker within Keswick.
 
Catbells summit, (pictured on the right) with dramatic views of the Jaws of Borrowdale, overlooking Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwentwater.
 
Grasmoor ridge will reward the tenacious mountain walker with fantastic views of the high fells of Great Gable, Kirkfell, High Stile, Pillar, Great End, Bowfell, Langdale and Scafell.
 

Sightseeing in Buttermere and the Newlands Valley

 
West of Borrowdale, the rambler may venture into the Newlands Valley towards Buttermere and Crummock. Plenty of great mountain views can be found here, the following of which will enhance any fell walk found within a Lakeland guide book.

Must See Lakeland Views

 
Just below Great Gable, a well trodden route to Naples Ridge will surprise the walker with Nape Needle, a great pinnacle of rock.
Further up Great Gable, Westmoorland Cairn, namesake of the brothers who loved the views looking over Sprinkling Tarn, Wastwater, Scafell range and the Langdale Pikes can be found not far from a bronze plaque, a memorial for hundreds of fell walkers to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday.
 
A beautiful cairn can be found perched on the north face of Dale Head, restored after vandalism and erosion.
 
Innonimate Tarn, near the Summit of Haystacks, overlooking Buttermere, will entrance the walker. This is the favoured spot and resting place of the great travel writer Alfred Wainwright.
The Honister Pass near Brandreth offers spectacular views of the valleys of Ennerdale and Buttermere via “Moses Trod,” an old smuggler’s path.
 
But many consider the best views of the Lake District to be located at Central Gully, a massive rift overlooking Sprinkling Tarn and the Borrowdale Valley.
 

Mountain Views in Ullswater Valley

 
The second largest lake in England after Windermere, Ullswater is a tranquil and mysterious lake, overlooked by high fell land, which will spoil the mountain walker with great views during a mountain route.

St Sunday Crag offers dramatic vistas of Ullswater, nestled within the high fells. The nearby crags give the scene a sense of depth.

A dramatic mountain walk can be found on Helvellyn’s Striding Edge, a narrow ridge, falling steeply off at both sides. Not for those who suffer vertigo, this trek for adventure seekers offers dramatic views of Red Tarn just below, and views of most of the Lakeland’s fells.
 
 

Exploring Lakeland Fells in the Northern Lakes

 
The northern region of the Lake District contrasts sharply with southern Lakeland, with its more rugged vistas and more desolate valleys. The tenacious mountain walker will be rewarded with great views of the Lake District when venturing within the valleys of Borrowdale, Ennerdale, Buttermere and Ullswater.
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