The Lakes and Tarns of the Lake District and 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 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.

an aerial image of Windermere lake


an aerial image of ullswater lake in the lake district


an image of a jetty and skiddaw at derwentwater


an image of bassenthwaite lake in the lake district

Bassenthwaite Lake

an image of coniston water

Coniston Water

an image of haweswater lake in the lake district


an image of thirlmere


an image of ennerdale water lakes lake district

Ennerdale Water

an image of wastwater


an image of crummock water lake lake district

Crummock Water

an image of esthwaite water

Esthwaite Water

an image of buttermere lake


an image of boats at grasmere lake


an image of loweswater lake


an image of rydal water

Rydal Water

an image of elterwater


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.

an image of devoke water

Devoke Water

an image of overwater tarn

Overwater Tarn

an image of brothers water

Brothers Water

an image of tarn hows

Tarn Hows

an image of loughrigg tarn

Loughrigg Tarn

an image of little langdale tarn

Little Langdale Tarn

an image of blea tarn

Blea Tarn (Langdales)

an image of yew tree tarn

Yew Tree Tarn

an image of watendlath tarn

Watendlath Tarn

an image of tindale tarn

Tindale Tarn

an image of talkin tarn

Talkin Tarn

an image of sunbiggin tarn

Sunbiggin Tarn

an image of mockerkin tarn

Mockerkin Tarn

Other Waters

an image of wet sleddale reservoir

Wet Sleddale Reservoir

an image of cogra moss

Cogra Moss

an image of cow green reservoir

Cow Green Reservoir

an image of longlands lake

Longlands Lake

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