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Looking to visit the best lakes in England? 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 England’s top lakes below as recommended by the komoot community, and experience more on your next adventure!

The top 20 lakes in England

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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 …

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    Lee
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    5

    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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    6

    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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    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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    8

    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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    9

    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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    10

    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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    12

    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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    13

    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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    14

    Bembridge Harbour

    Hiking Highlight

    This is an interesting harbour between St Helens and Bembridge. It has a number of houseboats and a great little old style cafe (the Toll Gate Cafe, just before the …

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    15

    Meldon Reservoir

    Hiking Highlight

    This is a great spot for peace and quiet and the bird life is excellent. With a path that runs the full length of the reservoir, this is a great …

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    David
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    Easy walk around Linacre reservoirs near Chesterfield. Well surfaced tracks but it can get muddy in wet weather. You can cycle around the middle and lower reservoirs and these can …

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    17

    Rudyard Lake

    Hiking Highlight

    Rudyard Lake is in fact a reservoir, constructed in the 18th century to feed the Caldon Canal. It became a centre for recreation thanks to the North Staffordshire Railway, which …

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    18

    Japanese Lake

    Hiking Highlight

    If you start your hike back right of Rivington hall, following the track trough the field up towards 'hall closes' keep left on to the second track. This will bring …

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    Dorney Olympic rowing lake

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Not bad for a school rowing lake! Built, owned & used by Eton College for its school rowing, it was also used as the venue for the rowing events during …

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    20

    Black Lake

    Hiking Highlight

    Black Lake is a tranquil nature reserve within Delamere Forest. The reserve is home to many species of dragonfly and damselfly, as well as unusual mosses. The lake is a …

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