THE Lake District has been given a national spotlight once again this week as TV adventurer Simon Reeve explores more sites of Cumbria.

Presenter Simon Reeve climbed the highest mountain in England and saw a family of ospreys in this week's episode of The Lakes with Simon Reeve.

In the BBC Two series, the 49-year-old author and documentary film-maker travels through the Lake District and Cumbria, revealing the secrets of this iconic part of Britain.

In last week's episode, Reeve visited Women's Community Matters in Barrow - and nearly £10,000 was donated to the charity after the show's broadcast.

Sunday's episode saw Reeve wild swimming in the crystal clear lake of Buttermere, before taking a look at the less fortunate Derwent Water, one of the many lakes now clogged with the invasive New Zealand pygmyweed.

Later, Reeve meets Penny Kirkby, a leader from Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team, who guides the presenter up England's highest mountain: Scafell Pike.

The presenter also paid a visit to the luxury Brimstone Hotel in Langdale which busses workers 100 miles a day from various Cumbrian towns outside the park.

Reeve also toured the sites of Chapel Stile - a village in which at least 70 per cent of the houses are now thought to be second home or holiday lets.

Reeve ends the episode with a visit to Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve where he learns about work to restore the 900-acre wetland to its former glory and sees a rare family of ospreys nesting nearby.

The final episode of The Lakes with Simon Reeve will air on Sunday at 9pm.