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Chosen by You - 7 Wonders of the Lake District

In May we launched our 7 Wonders of the Lake District campaign -  a celebration of the region’s most amazing icons that continue to make us fall in love with the Lakes, and indeed what helped the region to win World Heritage Status in 2017.

So, we set about discovering, sharing, and most of all reconnecting, with all that makes the Lake District such a unique wonder.

We began by looking at 7 categories that we beleived epitomised the lovely Lake District: Great Gardens, Peaks on your Doorstep, A Step Back in Time, Life on the Lake, Famous Faces, Communities (a particular favourite of ours) and finally Landscapes.

This journey took us all around the Lake District’s most-loved places, from Castlerigg Stone Circle in the north, to something particularly close to our hearts, Ambleside Sports.

We loved discovering things we didn’t even know, such as the tallest fir tree in England is right here in the Lake District, and that Alpaca’s actually talk!

We've had lots of fun reconnecting with water, local communities, landscape, nature, heritage and our literary past. We hope you have too! However, that’s quite the end...

Over the last month we have been asking our lovely friends over on our Facebook page to vote on your favourite 7 Wonders of the Lake District.

The results are in...


Holehird Garden, home to non-other than the Lakeland Horticultural Society and trusted guardian of some of the most important flora species in the country, won the garden category with many of you visiting regularly as the season’s change.

We love the stories that you have shared about your visits to Holehird, Windermere. Thanks to Sue Vickers-Thompson and we hope your ‘alpine troughs’ are doing well at home.

Head over to Heart of the Lakes Facebook page to read more.


Full steam ahead for Ullswater Steamers who steam-rolled an impressive 67% of your votes for how you like to spend your time on the water when visiting the Lakes.

Mountains: Langdale Pikes


Beatrix Potter was pages ahead of the competition in our writers hero category, inking up 62% of votes. There’s so much to learn about Miss Potter. Did you know that she wrote a journal in her very own secret code (only cracked in 1958). Visit her house at Hill Top to learn so much more.

Heritage: Castlerigg Stone Circle

Clearly passionate about this category, which received an impressive 123 votes.

This was a close one with Castlerigg Stone Circle just pipping Muncaster Castle to the post and it seems it is the stunning location of Castlerigg Stone Circle, elevated and with panoramic views, that gave the neolithic monument the winning edge.

Communities: Keswick

Close to our heart, this category received the most votes (183) with Keswick 12 votes ahead of Bowness and Windermere to take the lead as the Lake District community with a special place in your heart. Kewsick holds several accolades, including most dog-friendly town and largest outdoor market in Europe.


Peter Rabbit has competition on his hands for the title of the Lake District’s cutest and most mischievous character as alpacas are taking centre stage at the moment.  Alpacally Ever After won top way to have fun in the Lake District landscape and we can see why.