Rivers and lakes
From a gentle walk in spectacular surroundings to windsurfing and canoeing, our rivers and lakes offer plenty to see and do. Here's a selection of our favourites:
Coniston Water, Cumbria
Discover spectacular Lakeland scenery and a wealth of wildlife on the shores of Coniston Water, the largest of the area’s lakes. A great way to enjoy views of the area in the summer months is to cruise Coniston Water the old-fashioned way, by boarding our rebuilt Victorian steam-powered ‘Gondola’.
Upper Lough Erne is a slow flowing, meandering section of the Erne river and its islands, peninsulas and bays offer lots to see and do. There are many walks and trails to explore through the area’s woodlands, wetlands and along the shoreline, or why not hire a boat from the Visitor Centre at Crom?
The highest upland lake in England and a popular focal point in Malhamdale's classic limestone countryside, Malham Tarn was formed by glaciers thousands of years ago. The Tarn was later used as a fishery by the monks of Fountains Abbey and also inspired Charles Kingsley's book 'The Water Babies’.
Over thousands of years the River Dove has carved its way through the massive limestone plateau of Dovedale, creating a deep, sinuous and spectacular gorge. The area has been popular with keen anglers since the 17th century, while the Victorian stepping stones across the river are perhaps Dovedale’s most famous feature.
Stockbridge Common Marsh is situated alongside one of the finest chalk streams in the world and a jewel of Trust ownership: the River Test. The clear, unpolluted waters are home to a huge array of aquatic insects and fish such as trout and grayling, while the marsh provides an ideal location for riverside walks and picnics.