Nearby Lakes

5 of the best lakes close to Winder Hall B&B in Lake District

Loweswater, Crummock Water and Buttermere are a short drive away and can all be walked around. An Ordnance Survey map of the area is in the living room, along with walking guides and books. Ennerdale and Wastwater are a little bit further, but well worth the visit!

Loweswater (approx. 4 miles round walk)

Loweswater not far from Packhorse Self Catering Cottage Lake DistrictFor a round walk park at various locations and walk through Holme Wood by the Lakeside and along the ridges above for a spectacular round trip. It saves you walking along the road one side-even though that is still very enjoyable. You can also stop off at the Kirkstile Inn for lunch!

Crummock Water (approx. 8 miles round walk)

Crummock Water Lake DistrictYou can access the lake by parking at Lanthwaite Woods, which is on the road to Loweswater, after the turning to Buttermere on the left and walk alongside the lake with Melbreak towering above.


Buttermere (approx. 4 mile round walk)

Stunning view of Buttermere Lake District, CumbriaThere are many walks from this Lake which can take you to Haystacks, Wainwright’s favourite mountain, Fleetwith Pike, Scale Force waterfall – the highest in the Lake District – and Red Pike.

There are two pubs in the village of Buttermere, both of which serve food: the Fish Hotel and the Bridge Inn. If you head from the end of Buttermere towards Keswick you will go over the Honister Pass. At the top of this is the slate mine, which is privately run and offers mine tours during the day. Our garden table and benches were made there. You can continue from there through the

Borrowdale Valley to Keswick; another beautiful area of the Lakes. Keswick is a lively, busy town with shops and great places to eat and is at the head of Derwentwater.

Ennerdale – returning to the wild!

Ennerdale Lake near to Ennerdale BreweryThese remote and very scenic lakes are also easily accessed from Lorton. The route there can take in the coast road or over the low fells. You might fancy sampling one of Ennerdale Brewery’s fine cask or bottled ales or even booking a tour round the brewery! Visit their website here or call on 01946 861755 to book a visit.

There is a wonderful movement to return the area to “Wild Ennerdale” a true collaboration between the local community, National Trust, Forestry Commission and United Utilities. You can read more here. There is a strong local community who have taken over the local pub the Fox and Hounds (well worth a visit), and who are trying to re-open the village shop and visitor’s centre. Whether for the spectacular scenery, or a pint in the local, a wonderful day out.


Wastwater is 3 miles long, half a mile wide and 260 feet deep, and the deepest of all the lakes. It is perhaps the most awe-inspiring of all the lakes. Surrounded by mountains, Red Pike, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain. Situated at Wasdale which was voted Britain’s Best View!

Photo courtesy of Stewart Smith Photography