Great lakes and rivers for walking and watersports

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.

A rebuilt Victorian steam-powered yacht, Lake District, Cumbria

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’.

Visitors on the slipway of the boathouse on Lough Erne at Crom, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Upper Lough Erne, Northern Ireland 

Upper Lough Erne is a slow flowing, meandering section of the Erne river. 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 you can hire a boat from the Visitor Centre at Crom.

Walkers and their dog around Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire

Malham Tarn, North Yorkshire 

Malham Tarn was formed by glaciers thousands of years ago. It's the highest upland lake in England and a popular focal point in Malhamdale's classic limestone countryside. The Tarn was later used as a fishery by the monks of Fountains Abbey and also inspired Charles Kingsley's book 'The Water Babies’.

River Dove at Milldale, South Peak Estate, Derbyshire/ River Dove at Milldale, South Peak Estate, Derbyshire

River Dove, Dovedale, Peak District, Derbyshire 

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.

Children playing Pooh sticks on a bridge over the River Test at Mottisfont, Hampshire
Walking trail

Stockbridge Common Marsh, Hampshire 

Stockbridge Common Marsh is situated alongside the River Test, one of the finest chalk streams in the world. 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.