South-Eastern Area

The south-eastern area of the Lake District National Park is the area of the park covered by the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL7 map. Within this area’s scope is the gorgeous Grasmere, the resplendent Rydal Water, the elegant Elter Water, the majestic Esthwaite Water, the northern end of Coniston Water, and the largest lake in England, the awe-inspiring Windermere.

Windermere, both the lake and the town, are highly popular tourist destinations. The lake provides a wonderfully scenic place to practice water sports, take a cruise, or go fishing. Numerous attractions are situated near to this lake, such as The Lakes Aquarium and the World of Beatrix Potter.

There are, of course, plenty of places to hike in the south-eastern corner of the Lake District National Park. With an altitude of 792 metres, Dove Crag is the highest fell in the area. Not far from the summit, on its north-eastern face, is Priest’s Hole, a well-known spot where a natural overhang offers a decent amount of shelter from the elements making wild camping without a tent possible.

For an easier, less exhaustive hike, however, one might try the popular Loughrigg Fell, just a short sortie from Grasmere or Rydal, and with a height of just 336 metres above sea level. The fell may be small, but it offers stunning views, including views of the lakes of Grasmere, Rydal Water, Elter Water and Windermere.

If you like to bike as well as hike, then Grizedale Forest in the south-eastern quarter of the Lake District between Coniston Water and Windermere is a great place to visit. Numerous mountain bike and walking trails trace through the forest. If you are lucky, you may even spot a red kite soaring through the skies, as the Grizedale Forest was host to a red kite reintroduction program that began in 2010, which saw the release of 90 of these birds of prey over the course of a few years.

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