Destination: Lake District


Stunning mountain and lake region with history and glorious views

Lake District

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Introducing Lake District

This beautiful national park combines soaring mountains, plunging waterfalls and serene lakes with character filled charming villages creating a landscape which has inspired poets, writers and artists for years. It's a walkers paradise with a never ending supply of mountain walking with stunning views around every corner. At the heart of South Lakeland is Windermere, England's longest lake, a real hive of activity and a paradise for watersports enthusiasts. Keswick is the main centre in the north of the park. Nestled on the shores of Derwentwater, at the foot of the imposing Mount Skiddaw, there are a wide array of shops, restaurants and galleries in the town, and a plethora of walks and water based activities to be done nearby.

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Region: North West England

Time to spend here: 1 - 3 days

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What's nearby? Lake Country, North Yorkshire, Hadrian's Wall, Lancaster

What transport do you recommend? Windermere can be reached by train and day tours of the lakes run from here so a vehicle is useful but not vital.

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Windermere Lake Cruise

Lake Cruises can take you the whole length of England's largest Lake. Stunning views across the hills and valleys will take your breath away and the lake cruise often proves to be one of our most popular attractions.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Full Day Lake District Tour

Whether or not you have a vehicle available, we highly recommend a full day tour of the Lake District on a minibus vehicle. These fully guided tours provide fascinating local insight and allow you to see the best views of all the lakes that you may otherwise have missed.
Time to spend here: 7 hours   More information

Ullswater Steamers

The Ullswater Steamers create the perfect opportunity to combinea cruise with some of the most famous and spectacular walks in the Lake District. You can take the boat from Glenridding to Howtown and take in views of the Lake District's 3rd highest mountain – Helvellyn and then walk back from Howtown on a relatively easy 7 mile walk alongside the lake. Next to the Lake is the picturesque Aira Force possibly the most famous of the Lake District waterfalls, provides a glimpse of a landscaped Victorian park with dramatic falls, arboretum and scenery.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

The World of Beatrix Potter

In the town of Bowness, just 20 minutes' walk from Windermere, the World of Beatrix Potter is a magical indoor attraction that brings to life all 23 Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit tales.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Hill Top Farm

Hill Top Farm is the famous little home that Beatrix bought for herself in 1905 as she moved from London to the Lake District. Here she wrote and painted many of her most famous and lovable characters. The 17th-century farmhouse has been well preserved and really brings to life the story of Miss Potter.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information


Further north Grasmere is the birthplace of Wordsworth. His home Dove Cottage is open to the public and an exhibition displays his manuscripts and memorabilia. You can taste the best gingerbread in the world at The Grasmere Gingerbread shop. From Grasmere you can walk to Alcock Tarn or Eskdale Tarn.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information


Derwentwater is tranquil & beautiful. You can take out a rowing boat on the lake or even a trip on one of the ferries for a circular tour of the lake or you can walk part or all of the way around. For the best views of the area then Catbells has to be one of the best walks in the Lake District with beautiful views of Derwent Water and the Borrowdale valley. For a more strenuous walk you can climb the mountains of Skiddaw, Helvellyn and Scafell – England's highest moutain. If the weather turns bad, Keswick's indoor attractions include The Puzzling Place, which is an exhibition based on optical illusion, where you can witness balls rolling up hill and more.
Time to spend here: 2 hour   More information

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