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Lakes in the United Kingdom

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Looking to visit the best lakes in the United Kingdom? After all, there’s nothing better than the serenity of the lakeshore — or a quick dip when the weather’s warm. So, browse our list of United Kingdom’s top lakes below as recommended by the komoot community, and experience more on your next adventure!

The top 20 lakes in the United Kingdom

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    1

    Tarn Hows

    Hiking Highlight

    Great around here, especially in autumn when it's a little quieter and the colours really pop. Super interesting fact: Beatrix Potter actually used to own the Tarns, having bought them …

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    2

    Doxey Pool

    Hiking Highlight

    It is a very unusual find on the walk. Sadly there was a blazing fire here that stretched across the upper tier of The Roaches last summer. All heather and …

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    Entwistle Reservoir

    Hiking Highlight

    Nice flat walk, can get very busy

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    Mark
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    Earlswood lakes

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Earlswood Lakes were constructed in the 1820s. Construction took nearly 5 years to complete, and the labour force included prisoners of war from the Napoleonic Wars Some people say that …

    Tip by
    Lee
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    5

    Keepers Pond

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Keeper's pond is marked on the map as Pen-ford-goch Pond, but don't let that deceive you; all the signposts and locals will know it as the Keeper's!

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    Barney
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    6

    Loch Morlich

    Hiking Highlight

    Loch Morlich (Scottish Gaelic, Loch Mhùrlaig) is a freshwater loch in the Badenoch and Strathspey area of Highland, Scotland near Aviemore. The loch is home to a watersports center with …

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    Brian
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    7

    Cow Pond.

    Hiking Highlight

    Cow Pond was renovated in 2012 to commemorate H.M. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, with the diamond lattice balustrade of the Baroque-style footbridge being designed specifically to represent this momentous event. …

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    Edvard
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    8

    Grisedale Tarn

    Hiking Highlight

    Grisedale Tarn is in an atmospheric setting high in the mountains at the head of three valleys. According to folklore, a battle was fought in 945AD between the Saxon King …

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    9

    Bewl Water is a reservoir in the valley of the River Bewl (which is a tributary of the River Teise), straddling the boundary between Kent and East Sussex. It is …

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    Brian
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    10

    According to legend, Robert the Bruce and his army threw their weapons into this small hole. This included Robert Bruce's long sword and according to legend, it is still here …

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    Carola K.
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    11

    Derwentwater

    Hiking Highlight

    Derwentwater is a stunning stretch of water surrounded by majestic upland scenery. When the lake reflects the trees and mountains in its crystal-clear water, it is a spellbinding experience. The …

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    12

    Craigallian Loch

    Hiking Highlight

    On the path beside Craigallian Lock is a commemorative plaque regarding the Craigallian Fire, which was a legendary place which spawned a number of climbing communities in the area, and …

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    Barney
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    13

    Seaton Sluice Harbour

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The small harbor of the dreamy coastal town of Seaton Sluice has its own charm. On the calm waters of Seaton Burn are countless colorful boats waiting to be navigated …

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    Johanna
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    Chew Valley Lake

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Lovely views over the lake, there's a nice 14k loop around it, if its windy it's quite hard going in some places. Blue Bowl pub has a lovely fire going in the winter, it's a life saver.

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    Derwent reservoir

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    Sight of the dambusters practice missions. The routes around all three reservoirs are ideal for active families or the less fit/ambitious biker. stunning scenery. When you reach the very northern …

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    16

    Llyn Idwal

    Hiking Highlight

    The name of the small lake Llyn Idwal refers to an old Welsh legend. In the 12th century, Owain, Prince of Gwynedd, gave his only son Idwal into the care …

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    Dorney Lake

    Hiking Highlight

    Dorney Lake is a 2,200-metre flat water rowing lake owned by Eton College. Used for international regattas, and indeed the 2012 Olympic Venue for Rowing, Adapted Rowing and Flatwater Canoeing, …

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    Edvard
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    18

    Loughrigg Tarn

    Hiking Highlight

    Loughrigg Tarn is breathtakingly beautiful. Almost circular, with striking views north-west towards the Langdale Pikes, and with a variety of aquatic plants, it is a stunning place to visit which …

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    19

    Loch an Eilein Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    Loch an Eilein Castle stands on a natural island just off the north-west shore of Loch an Eilein, deep in the Rothiemurchus Forest. The castle was built in the 13th …

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    Claerwen Reservoir

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    The Claerwen Reservoir is the largest and the newest of the four Elan Valley Reservoirs. Once you reach the top, another "wow“ experience awaits you!

    The view over the huge …

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