Lakes and tarns
Did you know, there is technically only one Lake in the Lake District?!
The other 15 are either Meres or Waters... that being said, the Lake District is called the Lake District for a reason- This is a landscape created and fed by water; dotted with large and small bodies of water, wherever you look. Here are just a few of our favourite Lakes, Meres, Waters and Tarns.
Waterfalls in the Lake District
The Lake District has an astoundingly interesting geologic history. Initially formed by volcanic eruptions and tectonic action 450 million years ago, the area surrounding dale head hall was then carved by the movement of glaciers in the last ice age, leaving a terrain of many different rock types, dotted with lakes, tarns and waterfalls.
Aira Force is one of the most popular waterfalls to visit in the Lake District. Located just a short walk from Aira Force car park on the shores of Ullswater, this 65 foot, powerful fall tumbles to it basin surrounded by beautiful woodland.
Get the boat across from Glenridding to start your walk, then a stroll back from the falls through Glencoyne Park, taking in the surrounding fells, ancient firs and perhaps a picnic in a sunny glade. No wonder Aira Force is one of the Lake Districts favourites!
Lodore Falls-Grange in Borrowdale
Cascading down the fells from Watendlath Tarn, the Lodore Falls are a spectacular display after heavy rains (although, a mere trickle in prolonged dry spells). Visitors are able to get up-close to the falls, making for some fantastic photographic opportunities. Take care however, as the rocks surrounding the falls can be extremely slippy.
Scale Force, situated in a deep gorge on the North end of Red Pike near Crummock Water was a favorite of both William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge. It's dramatic, slender drop makes for a fantastic visual display, especially after heavy rains.
Moss Force is situated in the pass which connects the Newlands Valley to Buttermere and was admired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge who wrote "The remainder of the torrent is marked out by three great waterfalls – the lowermost apron-shaped, and though the rock down which it rushes is an inclined plane, it shoots off in such an independence of the rock as shews that its direction was given it by the force of the water from above".
Taylor Force-Seathwaite, Borrowdale Valley
Taylor Force is one of the tallest waterfalls in the Lake District, dropping an impressive 140 feet to the scattering of rocks below. The walk to the falls is almost as beautiful as the waterfall it'self, starting from Seathwaite farm carpark, and comprising of around a mile of gentle climbing and a spot of scrambling closer to the falls.
Whitewater Dash is found in Dash Beck as it descends rapidly in a series of cascades from its source on Candleseaves Bog on the north facing slopes of the upland valley between Bakestall and Great Calva. It is aptly named, as the water rushing through this tumble is often pure white. Due to the remote location a walk to Whitewater Dash is likely to be a quiet one and you will be unlucky not to have the waterfall to yourself.