Yorkshire has some of the most impressive lakes in Britain. It has some of the largest natural lakes that the UK has to offer and we intend to shout about them. There is nothing better than a vast expanse of water to make you feel calm and serene. From Malham Tarn’s crystal clear waters to the beauty of Roundhay Park, we feel that always these wondrous places need to be explored. So, if you’re looking for some unforgettable walks to get stuck into this year – look no further. We have some of the best lakeside walks in Yorkshire.
1. The Mere, Scarborough
A natural lake on the outskirts of Scarborough – the 10-acre lake is found in the Weaponnesss Valley and is an impressive sight. You’ll feel like you’re the only people in the whole world as you wander around the shimmering lakes waters. Whilst there you will get the opportunity to see plenty of wildlife such as geese and swan, wildfowl as well as vegetation such as water lilies and various wildflowers. Best of all there is a small cafe where you can enjoy a refreshing drink and some food afterwards.
2. Gormire Lake, North York Moors National Park
Set in the North York Moors National Park, Gormire Lake is a natural lowland lake. It’s just 1.2 miles east of Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe in North Yorkshire. It’s is a great little family walk to do that has opportunities to go paddling in the waters. It is a popular spot for wild swimmers as there are no streams leading into it which mean there is very little current and the waters have been described as being ‘warm’. The area has some beautiful woodland as well so you get the best of both worlds. It’s the fourth biggest natural lake in Yorkshire, and one of many great lakeside walks in Yorkshire?
3. Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales National Park
Malham Tarn is a glacial lake set in the Yorkshire Dales near the village of Malham. It is one of the biggest natural lakes in Yorkshire and is one of only eight upland alkaline lakes in Europe – so a rare thing to enjoy. It’s also the highest marl lake in the United Kingdom. It is surrounded by rocks, moorland and woodland. It has crystal clear waters and is an amazingly spacious, peaceful and relaxing place that is a perfect place for a picnic whilst you enjoy the lovely views. You can get there via car or take a 4-mile walk from the village of Malham.
4. Hornsea Mere, East Yorkshire
Hornsea Mere is a great little find if you’ve ever happened upon it – the lake is Yorkshire’s largest freshwater lake and is listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Britain. You’ll find it in East Yorkshire on the west side of Hornsea. It is a great place to take the dog for a walk, and to enjoy the surrounding natural beauty and wildlife. You can rent out a boat or just sit and watch the world go by. There is a local cafe where you can get some food and a drink after your stroll. It’s a spectacular lakeside walk in Yorkshire.
5. Semerwater, Yorkshire Dales
Found in the Rydale area opposite the River Bain, Semerwater is one of the largest natural lakes in Yorkshire and is half a mile long covering 100 acres. Visitors, as well as going for a lovely walk and enjoying the superb views across the water, can enjoy water activities such as canoeing, windsurfing, yachting and fishing.
6. Roundhay Park, Leeds
Roundhay Park is found in Leeds and is HUGE. You can enjoy walking around the lake whilst taking in the beauty of the area. You are allowed to take your dog and take in the views. It’s that big that you can do more than one walk when you visit. The lake is absolutely beautiful and has some wildlife such as swans and other birds. There is a little cafe for afterwards where you can either go in and enjoy some food or get a coffee and an ice cream to go instead.
7. Eavestone Lake, Ripon
Eavestone lake is a beautiful and secluded lake that is surrounded by lush, varied woodland. It is a great place to take a stroll that has plenty to offer for the avid rambler. It can be found near Ripon in North Yorkshire. Your walk can take you past the impressive 5-star luxury stay, Grantley Hall and through the village of Grantley as well.
8. Whernside Tarns, Yorkshire Dales National Park
Whernside Tarn is actually three large tarns that are situated just over a mile north of the summit of Whernside. there with a number of smaller pools, are situated closely together just over a mile north of the summit of Whernside. Whernside is the highest mountain in Yorkshire – if you get to the top of it you will be able to enjoy a variety of amazing tarn as well as some spectacular views. The tarns have crystal clear waters and some of the most impressive views you’ll find in Yorkshire.