FROM too many people to awful rainy weather - here’s a round-up of some less complimentary TripAdvisor reviews of places in the Lake District...


More than ten miles in length, Windermere is England's largest lake and one of the most popular places to visit in the Lake District. During the summer, Windermere offers a wide variety of activity including cruises, fishing, boating, sailing and scuba diving.

Overall, the lake is rated 4.5 out of 5 over 4,160 reviews... but not everyone enjoyed their trip.

One review described it as ‘Blackpool with hills’ while another comment claimed Windermere has been ‘utterly ruined by profiteering’.

Another one-star review said it was ‘ruined’ by too many visitors, others said their walk turned into a ‘smelly funfair’ and complained there was ‘absolutely nothing’ to do in the rain.

Poor reviews mentioned ‘patchy’ 4G coverage and accused the area of being ‘quite run down’ and 'very busy with tourists'.



This body of water near Keswick has been crowned 'Queen of the Lakes' and is rated 5 out of 5 over 2,966 reviews overall.

One review said: “Beautiful location but spoilt by the amount of dog mess on the paths, never seen so much anywhere else in the UK.”

Derwentwater was described as a ‘huge disappointment’ and accused of being ‘busy, very commercial and touristy’.

Another comment advised people to visit the ‘REAL, unspoilt lakes’ as there were 'far too many people in the way' to take landscape photos.

Orrest Head

This hill on the eastern shore of Windermere is rated 5 out of 5 over 1,753 reviews overall.

One review said it is ‘too easy’ to get to the top and it is ‘not very high’, they also said the weather ‘could have been better’.

Another comment claimed Orrest Head was ‘overly crowded’ and featured a ‘disappointing view’, they said ‘only an idiot’ would recommend it.

A one-star review said too many foot paths were labelled on the OS map, making the walk ‘too complicated’.