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Choosing a lakeside holiday cottage in the Lake District is a great choice for a holiday in the UK. This picturesque region is ideal for people who love exploring the outdoors. Hiking, cycling and mountain climbing are just some of the activities you and your family can do to make the most of the breathtaking scenery. Watersports are also popular in this area. 

Here we explore the lakes found in the Lake District as well as options for finding a holiday cottage right on the lake.

Table of Contents:

  • How Many Lakes Are There?
  • Lake Facts
  • Water Sports Activities To Try
  • Lakeside Cottages To Rent 

How Many Lakes Are In The Lake District?

Cottages on the lakeside

There are 16 lakes found in the Lake District national park. It is the biggest park in England and covers 912 miles of beautiful countryside. A list of all lakes can be found below:

  1. Lake Windermere – Map
  2. Ullswater – Map
  3. Derwentwater – Map
  4. Bassenthwaite Lake – Map
  5. Coniston Water – Map
  6. Haweswater – Map
  7. Thirlmere – Map
  8. Ennerdale Water – Map
  9. Wastwater – Map
  10. Crummock Water – Map
  11. Esthwaite Water – Map
  12. Buttermere – Map
  13. Grasmere – Map
  14. Loweswater – Map
  15. Rydal Water – Map
  16.  Brotherswater – Map

Lake Facts

Here are a few interesting facts about the bodies of water found in the Lake District.

  • Only one is called a lake. The others are waters and meres.
  • Smallest Lake: Brotherswater, measures just 0.07 square miles in size
  • Largest Lake: Windermere, measuring 5.7 square miles
  • Deepest Lake: Wastwater, England’s deepest lake
  • Quietest Lakes: Crummock Water. Grasmere. Loweswater. Rydal Water

Water Sports Activities To Try

In the Lake District there are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the lakes and try out some new water sports. Perfect if you are staying in a lakeside holiday cottage. Activities include:

  • Kayaking
  • Rowing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Paddleboarding
  • Swimming
  • Fishing

The Lake Activities Guide explains what sports you can try on each lake, the rules you must follow as well as helpful contact details to help plan your day.

Lakeside Cottages To Rent In The Lake District

White cottage next to the water

Why take advantage of the stunning views the Lake District has to offer by staying in  a Lakeside holiday cottage. To help on your holiday search we have selected 5 cottages available to hire.

Ullswater Retreat

Ullswater Retreat is a stone built lakeside cottage with views over Ullswater. This traditional miners cottage has been updated to a high spec including heated flooring as well as a log burning fire for the cooler months. Outside you can enjoy the mature garden secluded by woodland. Perfect for romantic getaways.

If you would explore your local surroundings there are plenty of places to walk to take in the scenery including the Aira Force Waterfall which is 2.5 miles from the cottage.

Larch Cottage

Larch Cottage can be found on the edge of Esthwaite water. Sleeping up to four people, views of the lake and gardens can be seen through this luxury cottage. Outside is a private patio area to enjoy the summer sun from. This beautiful and picturesque location is a great spot to stay for couples and families alike. 

The Boathouse at Knotts End

The Boathouse is a truly unique Lake District holiday cottage. Built with traditional cumbrian stone, the cottage perches on the edge of the lake offering tranquil views over the lake. This adult only cottage is an ideal choice for couples looking for some peace and quiet in a truly magical location.

Riverside Hideaway

Riverside Hideaway is nestled on the bank of the River Leven. This original lakeland barn sleeps up to 4 people. This is also a dog friendly cottage that allows 1 small dog. Set at the southern tip of Lake Windermere this tranquil riverside setting is idyllic for couples or small families.

Lakeside House

Lakeside House is a stunning Georgian home set at the side of Lake Windermere. Sleeping up to 18 people this lakeside is the perfect property for groups or large families. Whether you are celebrating a special birthday or have planned an adventure holiday, this lakeside property could be an ideal choice. 

Staycation Inspiration with Cottage Decisions

The Lake District is just one of the many beautiful areas to holiday in the UK. From large group accommodations in North Wales for big family reunions to Cornwall holiday cottages. Choosing a home away from home just got easier. Wherever your UK staycation may lead you, Cottage Decisions is here to lend a hand.

Rachel D

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