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Lake District

England’s most mountainous area with high peaks, deep lakes and incredible views, the Lake District is an adventure playground on an epic scale!

The Lake District is a unique corner of England boasting the country’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike; the deepest lake, Wastwater; the longest lake, Windermere and arguably the most dramatic and scenic countryside. Formed by glaciation and volcanic activity the Lake District is an awe-inspiring part of the world and has a rich cultural heritage, warm and friendly people, fantastic food and endless opportunities for exploring. Although the main areas can become quite busy in the peak summer months, we’ll make sure we provide you with plenty of tips and recommendations to discover the more hidden corners away from the crowds. With nearly 2000 miles of public rights of way and designated walking routes for all abilities including wheelchair users, everyone can enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife.

Top Tips

Take a trip on the Keswick Launch which stops at various points of interest around Derwent Water

Walk the circumference of tranquil Buttermere Lake. Discover Scale Force near neighbouring Crummock Water, the highest waterfall in the Lake District

Visit Mirehouse near Keswick – a historic country home frequented by Wordsworth

Marvel at Castlerigg Stone Circle: 5000 years old and comprising 38 stones, in a spectacular setting surrounded by mountains

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Things To See & Do

Plan a magnificent drive over mountain passes such as Kirkstone and Wrynose. Affording the most tremendous views but not for the faint hearted, these are some of the steepest roads in England.

The Honister Slate Mine offers a variety of underground mine tours and fascinating insight into the area’s industrial and social heritage, an excellent diversion on a rainy day. If you are in the mood for more active adventure, try your hand at the Via Ferrata (Iron Way) – a guided ascent of the mountain using the original miners’ track up the precipitous outer incline, with the addition of a continuous cable making the climb achievable and safe for everyone. Myers Head Lead mine in Patterdale offers a more sedate experience: only being active for a few years before it was abandoned in the 1870s, this historical site is quite intact.

Find out how your favourite tipple is made with a visit to a craft brewery, such as Jennings near Cockermouth or Keswick Brewery, or if you prefer whisky, drop into the brand new Lakes Distillery, the largest whisky distillery in England.

Beyond the Lake District’s quaint stone villages and tea rooms, explore the Georgian port of Whitehaven or the pretty beach resort of St Bees with its important clifftop nature reserve.

Travelling To & Around

The major route from the south and the north to the Lake District is the M6 motorway. From the motorway there are several A roads that lead into different areas of the Lakes.

The Lake District can also be reached by train: the West Coast mainline connects Oxenholme, Penrith and Carlisle with London and Glasgow, while local trains call at Kendal, Staveley and Windermere. A route follows the Cumbrian coastline from Carlisle to Maryport, Whitehaven and Barrow in Furness.

Manchester is the nearest airport, offering connections by train and road into the heart of the Lakes.

There are local bus services but to fully appreciate the dramatic landscapes, we recommend exploring by car.

The Lake District National Park offers unforgettable driving routes over high mountain passes and stunning scenery around every corner.

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