Virtual Tour of the Lake District Lakes

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Route and Description of features of the Lake District Lake's Virtual Tour

Windermere is the first stop on the tour of the Lake District Lakes, before flying over Ambleside towards the Fairfield Horseshoe, to take in the smaller waters of Rydal Water and Grasmere, closely associated with the poet, William Wordsworth. Next, we pass over the village of Grasmere and cut through Dunmail Raise to traverse the longer lake of Thirlmere as we head on north towards the Vale of Keswick and Derwent Water.

As we loop round Derwent Water at the entrance to the Borrowdale Valley, we fly low over the top of Cat Bells and Maiden Moor on the lakes’ northern shore, before passing back across the town of Keswick to reach Bassenthwaite Lake to the west of Skiddaw.

Moving on to the western lakes, we head towards the Buttermere Valley, passing over Loweswater and Crummock Water, before finally reaching the lake of Buttermere itself with the distinctive fells of Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks at it’s head.

Rising up through the Honister Pass, we see the slate mine as we turn back and fly across Haystacks with it’s tarns, and drop into the remote Ennerdale Valley where we pass over Ennerdale Water as we leave.

Moving away we glimpse the West Cumbrian coastline as we arc round to and drop down towards Wasdale where we fly low over Wast Water taking in what ITV viewers voted “Britain’s Favourite View” in 2007.

As we cut though the head of the valley, we rise up to Sty Head, before skirting round Great End to fly over Sprinkling Tarn as we climb further to Esk Hause. We then pass Angle Tarn before dropping down into Great Langdale. As we move on towards Little Langdale and Tilberthwaite we cross the picturesque waters of Blea Tarn, before finally reaching the northern shores of Coniston Water.

After travelling the full length of Coniston Water we swing round and fly across to the small lake of Esthwaite Water, separated from Lake Windermere by the low hills of the Claife Heights, as we descend to the area closely associated with the writer, Beatrix Potter. After passing the far end of Esthwaite Water we see the village of Hawkeshead, and moving out further, rising up over the popular tourist spot of Tarn Hows.

Next we pass over Ambleside for the second time in the tour, and fly across the Lake District’s far eastern fells, eventually dropping down to Haweswater which is actually a man made reservoir, but no less picturesque for being so.

Swinging round as we reach the far end of Haweswater, we move across to Ullswater, the last lake in our tour, where we traverse the lake’s three distinct sections, reaching the villages of Glenridding and Patterdale at the opposite end.

Leaving the lake of Ullswater behind we move through the Patterdale Valley where we fly over Brothers Water before cutting through the Kirkstone Pass at the valley’s head. After traversing low over Wansfell, we arrive back at the lake of Winderemere where we started the Virtual Tour of Lake District Lake’s.