Hidden gems in the Lake District

Want to find a secluded spot in the Lake District to take in the view? We’ve hidden beaches that are perfect for paddling in, hills where you can enjoy the sunset without the crowds, and small gardens where you can take in the scents. We’ve even some tiny iconic buildings that you can enjoy just on your own, or with family and friends.

Bridge House in Ambleside

Bridge House - a 17th century survivor

Built on a bridge over a beck in bustling Ambleside, this quaint little building was, amazingly, once home to a family of eight.

A viewing bench at Stagshaw Gardens

Escape to Stagshaw Garden

This enchanting woodland garden begins to wake up in spring and proudly display colourful delights amidst an array of unusual shrubs and trees. Follow the rambling paths and discover a different delight around every corner.

Visitors taking a selfie at Crummock Water, Cumbria

Crummock Water

Enjoy one of the most jaw-dropping beach-side views in the Lakes when woodland (a haven for red squirrels) suddenly opens up to offer a view along Crummock Water.

Canoe and dog on Derwentwater lakeshore, Cumbria

Islands of Derwent Water

Four permanent islands lie in the waters of Derwent Water. Find out more about them and about the mysterious extra one which pops up once a year at the end of summer!

Visitors at Force Crag Mine, Borrowdale, Cumbria

Force Crag Mine

Force Crag Mine has a 200-year-old history and it also played a part in World War II. Step back in time and learn more.

Mother and son looking at Beatrix Potter artwork in the Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead

Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead

Tucked away in the village of Hawkshead, Beatrix Potter's gallery is one of the only places you can see original artwork from one of our favourite Lake District authors

A view of Morecambe Bay from the top of Jack Scout in Silverdale, Cumbria

Jack Scout

This is a fantastic spot for a great view just a short stroll from the road, across flower-studded pasture to a rocky headland looking out to sea.