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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    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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    Doxey Pool

    Hiking Highlight

    This tiny little pool is said to be home to a malicious mermaid named Jenny Greenteeth. The mysterious Doxey Pool can be found on the path that runs across the …

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    Breeze
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    Boat Inn Sprotbrough

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The Boat Inn has been serving customers as far back as 1652, when famous guests such as Sir Walter Scott are said to have walked through its doors. Today, the …

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    Amy
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    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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    Derwent Dam

    Hiking Highlight

    This magnificent dam (built in 1902) is set amidst the breathtaking scenery of the Upper Derwent Valley. Surrounded by majestic reservoirs, quiet forests, wild open spaces and rugged hills, there …

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    Dan
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    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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    Dan
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    Angle Tarn

    Hiking Highlight

    The trail winds around half of Angle Tarn with splendid views from many different perspectives. I recommend walking this on a clear day as then the color of the water …

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    Biene
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    Draycote Water

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Draycote Water is a reservoir and country park near Dunchurch, owned and operated by Severn Trent Water.

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    Carsington Dam and Reservoir

    Bike Touring Highlight

    If you are looking for an easier life cycle around the reservoir anticlockwise as this way you get the harder part out of the way in the first half of …

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    troghalls
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    Hurstwood Reservoir

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    If you're feeling spectacularly energetic, just west of the dam here there are some swoopy mountain bike trails. They're not long - just over a mile, but they can provide …

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    Barney
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    Hurworth Burn Reservoir

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Nice Spot on a Summers Day to stop for a Picnic and a breather whilst cycling this stretch of the Castle Eden Walkway, which is part of National Cycle Network 1.

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    Coniston Beach

    Hiking Highlight

    In the summer this is one of the best spots for a picnic. If you continue around the lake from the car park you will come to a jetty which is great from swimming from.

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    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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    Dan
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    Thornton reservoir

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Nice scenic ride around to reservoir itself, also has a forest section for those looking for a bit more of a challenge.

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    Easedale Tarn

    Hiking Highlight

    Always surprises of change of light.
    Excellent spots to get down for a relaxed picknick.

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    Coniston Pier

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Pier onto the lake. Wonderful views, perfect to jump in for a swim!

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    Burrator reservoir

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Fast loop of fresh water reservoir. Light traffic but beware of walkers that assume its a pavement. It is a road.

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    Paulie
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    Dorney Olympic Rowing lake

    Bike Touring Highlight

    At the far end of the Olympic rowing lake in Dorney, you get a real feel for the distance that the Olympic champion competitors row. In the far distance you …

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    Bembridge Harbour

    Hiking Highlight

    Just before the finish. From here you can already see Ryde. The trail continues through a park.

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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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