Given the price of fuel you will want your money's worth when on an afternoon's drive around the Lake District. The Lakes illustrated below have such intense moments of beauty that you will be left spellbound. But, take your time, and perhaps your journey will turn into some long, lazy days rather than a manic rally.
Buttermere is a gem. There's a cracking ice cream shop in the village worth visiting before you tackle the circular walk around the lake, and then around the corner is Crummock Water, often forgotten...
Crummock Water is surrounded by mountains, and is in the centre of fine walking country
Derwent Water is the "Queen of the Lakes" and is surrounded by majestic mountains. No doubt to be visited soon by William and Kate?
Dear old Elterwater, best seen on a frosty morn. Just stunning...
Grasmere photographed from a private viewpoint, and a favourite picnic spot of Dorothy and William Wordsworth
Loweswater is often forgotten because of its remoteness, and it is therefore a good reason to visit for there is a very fine inn nearby and you can cycle around the lake, too
Rydal Water from a viewpoint familiar to the infamous Thomas de Quincy, considered the greatest prose writer of his Age but sadly only remembered for his ill-spent youth, not his fine intellect and great friendship
Wast Water, the most dramatic, the deepest, the moodiest and most awesome of all the lakes. A trip up the west side will bring you to Wasdale Head, home of a fine inn and a little camp site where you can rest your weary limbs and enjoy the famous Cumbrian hospitality. Bravo.
If you seek further information about this splendid corner of England, May I recommend my two publications on the area, both illustrated below and available from Goldeneye:-
The Lake District Guidebook, £12.99, and Runner-Up in 2010 for the "Lakeland Book of the Year Award"