5 OF THE FINEST WATER ESCAPES IN THE LAKE DISTRICT

Tanya Oliver recommends her five favourite watery landmarks in the Lake District. Recommend your favourites in the comment box below!

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[1] EASEDALE TARN

A charming oasis between the slopes of Blea Rigg and Tarn Crag reached via the spectacular Sour Milk Gill that is perfect for an evening or morning stroll from Grasmere.

[2] CARROCK BECK

Hidden away on the lane towards Hesket Newmarket from Mungrisdale is Carrock Beck. As it crosses the road as a ford with a wooden bridge, the view towards the Pennines is superb and it is a lovely quiet place for a picnic or a paddle with its grassy banks and shallow rocky water.

[3] BLACKMOSS POT

This water landmark is easily missed in the Langstrath Valley but it is a beautiful natural plunge pool among rugged fells in one of the quietest valleys in the Lake District and a popular wild swimming destination.

[4] STICKLE TARN

When climbing the Langdales from New Dungeon Ghyll, the first view of Stickle Tarn, backed by the imposing massif of Pavey Ark and the crags of Harrison Stickle, takes your breath away every time. It is just beautiful.

[5] ESTHWAITE WATER

Nestled away near Hawkshead, Esthwaite Water provided inspiration for Beatrix Potter’s Jeremy Fisher. It is one of the quieter lakes and a lovely place to hire a boat or just while away a few hours on the shore watching the clouds reflecting in the still water.

Photos: Tanya Oliver, Cameron McNeish