North-Western Area

The north-western area of the Lake District National Park is the area of the park covered by the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL4 map. Within its bounds are no less than half a dozen lakes, including the beautiful Bassenthwaite Lake, the delightful Buttermere, the exquisite Crummock Water, the adornment that is Derwent Water, the stunning Ennerdale Water, and the alluring Loweswater.

With an altitude of 931 metres, the fourth-highest fell in the Lake District, the colossal Skiddaw, is also to be found in the north-western area. This fell, the king of the Skiddaw Massif, sits on his throne just a few miles north of the town of Keswick, a town that is situated next to Derwent Water, and that is one of the Lake District’s major tourist hot spots.

The famous fell known as Catbells, one of Beatrix Potter‘s favourites, also resides in the Lake District’s north-western area, and can be found positioned on the western shore of Derwent Water. The fell is only 451 metres high, but offers splendid panoramic views from its summit.

Also to be found in this quarter of the national park is Seathwaite, a hamlet deep in the Borrowdale Valley honoured with the title of wettest settlement in England. Seathwaite is a popular starting point for a hike to the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike, which is in the south-western part of the Lake District.

Other charming little villages that make excellent starting points for walks in the region include Seatoller, Rosthwaite, and Stonethwaite, the former two villages accessible by bus.

From late spring through summer, Bassenthwaite Lake is usually home to a pair of nesting ospreys. Two osprey viewing points, set up as a part of the Lake District Osprey Project, are located in the nearby Dodd Wood, and attract many birdwatchers throughout the tourist season.

The photographs in the galleries below have all been taken on my walks in the north-western area of the Lake District National Park to supplement my pieces of nature writing.

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