South-Western Area

The south-western area of the Lake District National Park is the area of the national park covered by the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL6 map. The deepest lake in England, the wonderful Wastwater, and a large portion of the breath-taking lake that is Coniston Water are situated in the south-western area.

In the vicinity of Coniston Water, the iconic Coniston Old Man stands at a mighty 803 metres high, offering excellent views of the lake. If you want to experience the lake up-close, however, then a popular option amongst tourists is the Coniston Launch, which offers scheduled boat cruises on the water.

Without a doubt, the greatest attraction to the south-western area of the Lake District National Park is the noble Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, with an altitude of no less than 978 metres. Its close neighbour, Scafell, is the second highest mountain in the country with an altitude of 964 metres. Both of these mountains overlook Wasdale, the remote valley in which Wastwater is located.

Another magnet for hikers, and also climbers, is the conglomeration of pikes known as the Langdale Pikes. The Langdale Valley itself is, too, a sight for sore eyes, its rich summer pastures a tone of green beyond belief.

Unique to the south-western quarter of the park is the fact that it spreads all the way down to the sea, and thus encompasses coastal habitats and wildlife that occur nowhere else within the park’s bounds. A prime example is the Eskmeals Dunes Nature Reserve, an area of coastal, sand dune habitat close to the village of Ravenglass, and home to a number of rare species, including the natterjack toad.

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

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