Lakes & Tarns in the Lakes District & Cumbria
There are sixteen lakes in the Lake District, the largest being Windermere. Only one, Bassenthwaite Lake, is officially a lake by name, the others are meres or waters. Illustrated guides to each lake can be found below.
Private powered craft are only allowed on Windermere, Coniston Water, Ullswater and Derwentwater. These are also the only lakes in the Lake District with regular steamer, ferry or launch services. There is a 10 mph restriction on all of these lakes.
There are also many other pieces of water called tarns. Although some tarns are bigger than one of the lakes, most of the tarns are very small, and some are not even named.
Lakes in the Lake District
Ordered by size, starting with the largest by surface area and descending. Click on the images for each lake page or scroll down to the Map to find lakes near you.
Tarns of the Lake District and Cumbria
Some of the Tarns, ordered by size, starting with the largest by surface area, where known, and descending.
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