Lakes Near Me

kids jumping in lake

Do you enjoy spontaneous walks down off beaten tracks? Maybe your heart feels most full on wild camping holidays or forest holidays. As humans we are hardwired to explore and seek out nature’s most breath-taking locations. If you are tapping into your keyboard ‘beautiful lakes near me’ and you’ve arrived here, welcome!

We are about to delve into the UK’s most popular lakes, unique lakes, fishing lakes, photogenic lakes and lots more. Whatever the lake and whatever the occasion, we have the perfect tranquil spot for you!

Dad and son sitting by a lake

Scotland

Loch Morar lake

Loch Morar

Ever heard of Loch Morar? Famously known as the deepest freshwater lake in the British Isles, the loch is located in the Highlands. It reaches depths of more than 300 metres (1,000 feet). It’s one of few bodies of water that has a mythological tale associated with it. It is said that a mermaid-like-monster called Morag with bright flowing hair who moves like a ‘waterlogged boat’ lurks in the depths of Loch Morar…

The loch also has a fascinating history with ties to World War II. North of the loch you will find Swordland Lodge which was used as a special ops training school between 1930’s – 1940’s. You’ll also find one of the shortest rivers in the British Isles too, called the River Morar.

Planning a beach day out? The silver/white sands of Morar are located 1/2 mile south of Morar village, west of Loch Morar. It’s a lovely and tranquil day out with the kids for sure. Dogs are welcome onto the beach and the sea is perfectly clear so you can feel a little more at ease about letting your kids in there.

 

Shape Location

Loch Morar, Lochaber, Highland, Scotland, PH40

Pricing

Free

Northern Ireland

Lough Neagh Lake

Lough Neagh

Lough Neagh blows everyone out the water – too much? What we are trying to say is that not only is Lough Neagh the biggest lake in Northern Ireland, Ireland, and the British Isles! 

Like Loch Morar in Scotland, the Lough Neagh is tied into an enchanting mythological tale that binds Scotland and Ireland together… The story goes that Finn was chasing a Scottish giant across Ulster. He picked up a large piece of ground and hurled it at the giant. It went over the giants head and fell into the Irish Sea forming the Isle of Man while the massive crater left behind filled up with water and formed Lough Neagh.

Dip your toes in if you dare… Lough Neagh is known for its high-quality eels. Try an eel or two at the local fish & chip shop, set up a picnic and watch the sunset or go on one of many nature trails nearby! You can go on scenic boat trips or try your hand at windsurfing – the list is endless! 

Shape Location

17 A Shore Road, Lough Neagh, Glenavy BT28 2LQ (sandy bay address)

Pricing

Free

North East

Kielder Water landscape

Kielder Water

This magnificent stretch of forest and water is home to a wide variety of rare wildlife like red squirrels, water voles and ospreys, and more! Surprisingly, this leafy paradise is actually man-made, in fact it is Europe’s largest man-made forest altogether!

Families love Kielder Water & Forest and not only for its wonderful panoramic views of nature. It’s an excellent activity-based location where visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, archery, crossbow, swimming, sailing, waterskiing, fishing, and wildlife spotting! Make sure to check out our Zip Wires Near You blog, you’ll find lots of great information about the Kielder Zip Wire activity. 

This unsuspecting man-made attraction can be whatever you want it to be whether that’s a relaxing spot for your picnic or an outdoor activity centre!

Shape Location

Kielder Water, Kielder, Hexham, NE48 1ER

Pricing

Free

North West

Windermere Lake in Lake district

Windermere

Windermere Lake is described as the jewel of the Lake District. Not only is it the largest lake in England but it’s a popular destination for families to visit due to its large number of attractions, stunning landscapes and pretty lakeside towns. There are lots of great forest holiday lodges and airbnbs surrounding this area if you fancy a UK staycation by Windermere lake. 

There are many beautiful lakeside towns and villages you can explore too like Bowness-on-Windermere. Here, you can board ferries and cruises to Hawkshead. You can also find wonderful art galleries, antique shops and cafes. 

The lake itself is the largest body of water in the Lake District. It is one mile wide, 10.5 miles long and 220 feet deep! Keen to learn some cool trivia about Windermere? The Lake District was a haven for an Irish princess called St Bega. She fled from an arranged marriage to a Norse prince in the 7th century and became a nun in a small local church. Uncover all the local tales and history on your next charming trip to Windermere!

Shape Location

Windermere, Brockhole on Windermere, LA23 1LJ

Pricing

Free

East Midlands

kids jumping in lake

Carsington Water

Located between Wirksworth and Kniveton, Carsington Water takes water through the tunnels and aqueduct straight from the River Derwent. Carsington Water has everything you need for a great day out, with plenty of activities and things to do.

Carsington Water is a well known fishing hotspot. The reservoir is mainly home to both brown and rainbow trout. You can spot wildlife from the shoreline or hop aboard a local vessel to go bird watching. Find the likes of greenshank, avocet, Bairds’s sandpiper and Teminck’s stint, snipe, redshank, lapwing and oystercatchers! 

There are also horse riding opportunities, watersports, and cycling routes available for families. There are Public footpaths that lead to Stones Island nearby too. It takes around 3 hours to explore Carsington Water.

Shape Location

Big Lane, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1ST.(This is the address for the Visitor Centre and the main car park).

Pricing

Free

West Midlands

children paddling in lake

Blackroot Pool

Looking for the ultimate family walk with your four legged friend? There are 2300 acres of heathland, wetlands and marshes which include roads, tracks, steps, banks and mounds to explore.

Located in the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, you can walk around seven lakes, extensive ancient woodland and there’s even a golf course too! Kids can channel all their energy on the adventure playground nearby or go birdwatching! 

Grab your canoes and kayaks and head into the lake! Dig out your fishing rods and head to the shoreline – it’s an angler’s paradise! Give a wave to the donkeys in the donkey sanctuary or finish up your day with a picnic on the grassy banks. There are lots of food kiosk dotted around Sutton Park so you won’t have to worry if your little ones are hungry and you haven’t packed any snacks.  

Shape Location

National Nature Reserve Park Road, The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield B73 6BU England

Pricing

Free

West Midlands

children paddling in lake

Blackroot Pool

Looking for the ultimate family walk with your four legged friend? There are 2300 acres of heathland, wetlands and marshes which include roads, tracks, steps, banks and mounds to explore.

Located in the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, you can walk around seven lakes, extensive ancient woodland and there’s even a golf course too! Kids can channel all their energy on the adventure playground nearby or go birdwatching! 

Grab your canoes and kayaks and head into the lake! Dig out your fishing rods and head to the shoreline – it’s an angler’s paradise! Give a wave to the donkeys in the donkey sanctuary or finish up your day with a picnic on the grassy banks. There are lots of food kiosk dotted around Sutton Park so you won’t have to worry if your little ones are hungry and you haven’t packed any snacks.  

Shape Location

National Nature Reserve Park Road, The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield B73 6BU England

Pricing

Free

Wales

Llyn Cau

Llyn Cau

Calling all experienced swimmers! Llyn Cau has been named as one of the best natural swimming spots in North Wales! North Wales is home to the most spectacular views and beautiful landscapes in the United Kingdom and Llyn Cau is one of many beautiful lakes families can explore. 

Llyn Cau is a large glacial lake that is set beneath 400 metres of high mountain walls. It is recommended that only experienced swimmers should tackle this lake as it isn’t the most accessible. The lake is a great backdrop for a picnic if swimming isn’t for you. Families can also cycle and hike up by the lake and mountains too.

Shape Location

Llyn Cau, Dolgellau, LL36 9AJ

Pricing

Free

South West

Blue pool dorset

The Blue Pool

The Blue Pool in Dorset is perfect for kids who love animals and nature. Disclaimer: it’s teeming with animals, plants and insects! Nature truly thrives within the Pool grounds. The Blue Pool was originally a disused clay pit, can you believe it?! Its bright turquoise waters are the first thing that comes into vision BUT do not swim in these waters, however appealing they may seem they are dangerous. The lake is strictly for viewing.

Meet shy Dartford Warblers, perch in the yellow flowering gorse and watch rare Green Sand Lizards bask on the sandy banks. When was the last time you saw a dragonfly? Watch their metallic and opal bodies hover over the lilies, while sika deer move silently through the thickets of rhododendron. Keep a keen eye on the wild squirrels and buzzards that circle overhead. Psst, you may even see a badger!

There are many fun activities that the kids can get stuck into during their visit to The Blue Pool. Follow your senses, uncover clues and giggle away at the different nature trails for kids. Go squirrel spotting and head to the cafe for an end of the day treat! It’s the perfect destination if you are looking to escape city life or the hustle and bustle of the everyday. Go and create some mindful memories here with your little ones!

Shape Location

The Blue Pool, Furzebrook Rd, Wareham, BH20 5AR

Pricing

£5 adults, £2.50 Children.

South East

Swanbourne lake

Swanbourne Lake

Swanbourne Lake is considered an easy walk, so for all you laid back strollers out there, this one could be for you. The 3.5-km loop trail near Arundel, West Sussex takes an average of 46 min to complete. It’s great for hiking, cycling, and meeting fellow nature lovers. 

This lake is very popular with young families in particular as there are lots of ducks and swans to feed. Families can hire out a boat as well as take their kids to the playground. Any chance for a spot of golf? YES! There’s an excellent putting green too. 

After a day of swan feeding, boating and exploring the leafy lakeside, families can unwind with some light bites from the Swanbourne Lake cafe. Before you leave make sure to take a peek at the 1,000 year old Arundel Castle

Shape Location

Swanbourne Lake, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9PA.

Pricing

Free

Kids kayaking on lake

We hope you’ve found the perfect lake near you to fit your family day out. From lakes with beautiful views, huge reservoirs and even lakes with their own activity centres – there’s something for everyone. So, grab your walking boats, pack your waterproof mac and load up your backpack with hearty snacks and head to your nearest and dearest, beautiful forest lake. 

If you’ve resolved your ‘lakes near me‘ query and are looking to plan your next adventure then head over to our things to do page. We’ve got everything from theme parks, water parks, events and outdoor activities fit for all the family! 

Days Out Discounts And Savings