5 lovely lakes to visit

The UK is home to some of the most stunning lakes in the world. Whilst your mind may be taken to the Lake District, did you know that some of them are just a short journey from our route on the east coast?

In total, there are over 40,000 lakes on the British Isles with many of them being world renowned, offering incredible views and scenic walks. And, despite popular opinion – they’re not all in the Lake District! In fact, the east coast boasts a wide range of truly beautiful lakes for you to visit.

With so many to choose from, it can be hard to know where to go so we’ve identified five different lakes, each offering something a little different for you. All that’s left for you to do is pick one!

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Bolam Lake, Northumberland

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Nearest LNER station: Newcastle

Just outside Newcastle, in the beautiful Northumberland countryside is Bolam Lake Country park. Surrounded by woodland and open grassed areas, the lake is picture-perfect.

There’s a 1-mile circular walk around the lake with plenty of places to stop and admire the views, have a picnic and snap those perfect Instagram pictures.

How to get there

Take a bus from Newcastle station to Belsay. From here, it’s a 2.6 mile walk to stretch those legs.

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Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales

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Nearest LNER station: Skipton

A ramblers paradise, Malham Tarn is a hefty 377 metres above sea level – making it one of Britain’s highest natural lakes. The Tarn not only offers a fantastic circular walk around its edges but also has the imposing cliffs of Great Close Scar close by.

Sensible footwear and being aware of the weather conditions is a must as you’ll be surrounded by dense forest, peatlands and limestone crags!

Campsites and caravan parks are dotted around the area – in addition to some fantastic traditional pubs.

How to get there

Take a bus from Skipton to the town of Malham.

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Loch Lomond, Balloch

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Nearest LNER Station: Glasgow

No list of lakes would be complete without mentioning the Scottish Lochs. Loch Lomond’s southern shores site just North West of Glasgow, making it accessible if you’re staying in Edinburgh or Glasgow itself.

Situated in Balloch Country Park, you’re surrounded by things to do! Explore the walled garden and it’s colourful arches, follow a nature trail or have a picnic on the lawns of the Balloch Castle with views of the Loch.

How to get there

Hop on a ScotRail train from Glasgow to Balloch.

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Swanholme Lakes, Lincoln

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Nearest LNER station: Lincoln

Formed from a series of flooded sand and gravel pits, Swanholme Lakes sit within a local nature reserve that offers over 63 hectares of wildlife.

The Lakes have been declared a Site of Specific Scientific Interest meaning that some parts are off limits to visitors but this shouldn’t put you off as there is still a vast amount to see and do.

Access to the Lakes is via the Hartsholme Country Park, which is home to a fantastic visitor centre full of information about the wildlife living close by. There’s also a campsite to extend your stay, and a café serving tasty refreshments.

How to get there

A bus from Lincoln city centre will get you to Swanholme in around 30 minutes.

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The Serpentine, London

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Nearest LNER Station: London King’s Cross

One of London’s favourite lakes, the Serpentine in Hyde Park was created back in 1730 and has a long and rich history of recreational use.

From open water swimming, pedalos and even a solar powered boat, the Serpentine offers something for everyone, even if it’s just a stunning backdrop for a picnic in the sun. The lake also features a number of cafés and restaurants to grab some refreshments if you haven’t packed your own.

For a change of pace when you’re finished at the lake, visit the Serpentine Galleries for a burst of contemporary art and architecture.

How to get there

The Piccadilly Line on the underground will get you to Hyde Park in around 30 minutes or 1 hour and 10 minute walk will take you there through Marble Arch.

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