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The Lake District

The Lake District, Cumbria, is a region of incredible beauty famous for its stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and cultural heritage. The area is made up of ancient woodlands and forest, river valleys, lakes, mountains and simply stunning coastlines. The North lakes is much wilder than the South, with the Skiddaw mountain range dominating the town of Keswick. The lush Borrowdale valley leads to the dramatic Honister mountain pass and into the natural lakes of Buttermere & Crummock. The South & Central Lake District has the charming villages of Grasmere & Hawkshead along with England's largest lake, Windermere. Adventure seekers can head West to the higher ground of Great Langdale where the giant fells of Bowfell, Crinkle Crags and the highest peak, Scafell Pike, reside.

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Lake District
Ambleside
Ambleside

Ambleside

Ambleside is ideally located in the centre of the Lake District. The town is situated at the North end of Windermere Lake and at the foot of the popular scenic route over Kirkstone Pass.
Bassenthwaite
Bassenthwaite

Bassenthwaite

Bassenthwaite Lake, a finger of water lying tranquilly under the lofty bulk of Skiddaw, is indelibly linked with the spectacular sight of ospreys swooping over the lake and diving for fish in its waters.
Caldbeck
Caldbeck

Caldbeck

Caldbeck is one of the most beautiful and peaceful of all the Lakeland villages and is ideally situated for exploring the Lake District, the Scottish Borders, the Eden Valley and the North Pennines.
Coniston
Coniston

Coniston

Located on the banks of Coniston Water, in the shadow of the Coniston fells, the town was originally built to support the local slate quarrying and copper mining.
Grasmere and Rydal
Grasmere & Rydal

Grasmere & Rydal

Grasmere, cradled in a vale in the heart of the Lake District, is crowned with magnificent fells and mountains all around.
Hawkshead
Hawkshead

Hawkshead

Hawkshead has flourished from its beginnings as a Medieval market town. Today Hawkshead, with its car-free village centre, is the perfect place for the visitor to experience the 'real' Lake District.
Kendal Staveley and Lyth Valley
Kendal

Kendal, Staveley & Lyth Valley

The ‘Auld Grey Town' of Kendal, handsomely built in limestone, is the focal hub for shopping and culture in Lakeland.
Keswick and Borrowdale
Keswick and Borrowdale

Keswick & Borrowdale

It's central location makes Keswick the perfect place to stay when planning to explore the Lake District.
Langdale
Langdale

Langdale

The Langdale Valley is home to possibly one of the most well-known and well-walked mountain ranges in England.
Ullswater Valley
Ullswater Valley

Ullswater Valley

The glittering lake of Ullswater, extending from Pooley Bridge to Patterdale, is at the heart of this area.
Windermere and Newby Bridge
Windermere

Windermere & Newby Bridge

Windermere is the perfect Lakeland destination all year round. With the shores of the lake so close, you are never short of fantastic scenery or leisure activities.

What's On

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Kendal

Fri 14 - Sun 16 Oct 2016

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival will put a spotlight for one fantastic weekend on the brilliance, diversity and quirkiness of comic art.

Paul Jenkins, Phenomena Elliptical Journey, 1998 ©

Paul Jenkins (1923 - 2012)

Kendal

Thu 27 Oct 2016 - Sun 1 Jan 2017

Employing an unorthodox approach to paint application, Paul Jenkins is as much identified with the process of controlled paint-pouring and canvas manipulation

Kendal Mountain Festival

Kendal Mountain Festival

Kendal

Thu 17 - Sun 20 Nov 2016

It's a celebration of mountain film, literature, art, athletes and legends, that aims to inspire more people to explore, enjoy and represent mountains, wilderness and their cultures.

Christmas Markets

Ja Windermere German Christmas Markets

Windermere

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Windermere is hosting a brand new German Christmas Market on 10th & 11th December, there will be a wide range of festive stalls selling fantastic seasonal gifts from knitwear to soaps.

Things to do

Grizedale Forest Park and Visitor Centre

Grizedale Forest & Visitor Centre

Hawkshead

Grizedale Forest is in the heart of the Lake District between lakes Windermere and Coniston. Activities range from gentle walks, to bike riding, swinging through the trees on GoApe or enjoying a leisurely meal in the Cafe in the Forest

Fell Foot Park

Fell Foot

Newby Bridge

A beautiful, family friendly lakeshore park with stunning mountain views. Extensive, sweeping lawns for games, picnics and gentle walks. Easy lake access.

Holehird Garden

Holehird Gardens

Windermere

The Lakeland Horticultural Society exists to promote the art, science and practice of horticulture, with particular reference to conditions in the Lake District.

Dove Cottage and The Wordsworth Museum

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

Grasmere

Explore the traditional Lakeland cottage and home of the famous poet William Wordsworth and discover what life was like at the turn of the 19th Century.

Lakeland Climbing Centre

Lakeland Climbing Centre

Kendal

Award winning Climbing Centre, the largest in the Lake District boasting the tallest indoor wall in the country at 25m, Europe's first indoor Via Ferrata and Kendal CrazyClimb. Fun for everyone!

Eagle Experiences

Predator Experience

Newby Bridge

Challenge yourself by enhancing your experience day with the inclusion with some of the world's most tenacious raptors, the eagles.

Windermere Lake Cruises, Lakeside

Windermere Lake Cruises, Lakeside

Newby Bridge

Windermere Lake Cruises trace their origins back to Victorian days, steamers and launches carry over 1.35 million visitors each year. The steamers have saloons, promenade decks, teashops and licensed bars.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Kendal

Abbot Hall is an exquisite gallery in the northwest of England on the edge of the Lake District. Works of art can be enjoyed in this beautiful Georgian villa, drawn both from its important collections and the changing series of exhibitions.

Townend

Townend

Windermere

A real Lakeland hidden treasure set in the beautiful village of Troutbeck, this 17thC solid stone and slate house sits imposingly on the hillside, its huge chimneys typical of the area.

Esthwaite Water

Esthwaite Water

Hawkshead

The Osprey Safari is a self driven electric boat ride around Esthwaite Water, taking you to six different locations.

The Cocoa Bean Company & Chocolate World

The Cocoa Bean Company & Chocolate World

Hawkshead

A unique and interactive experience for children that is truly unforgettable.

Lakeland Maize Maze

Lakeland Maze Farm Park

Kendal

A great all-weather attraction featuring 2 maize mazes onsite. Quiz trails will keep you all entertained as you negotiate your way through the gigantic maize maze.

A meeting of minds - Live letter reading

Allan Bank

Grasmere

Come to sit back, relax with a cup of tea, and enjoy listening to the reading of letters and articles written by Beatrix Potter and her friend Canon Rawnsley.

Hill Top

Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House

Sawrey

Hill Top is a time capsule of Beatrix Potter's life. Full of her favourite things, the house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a 'Tale'.

Lakes Aquarium

Lakes Aquarium

Newby Bridge

The Lakes Aquarium allows you to visit creatures from the lakes of the world along with those a little closer to home too. From otters and diving ducks to marmoset monkeys and British sharks and rays.

Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness

Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness

Windermere

Windermere Lake Cruises trace their origins back to Victorian days, steamers and launches carry over 1.35 million visitors each year. The steamers have saloons, promenade decks, teashops and licensed bars.

Canoeing

River Deep Mountain High

Coniston

Fun lake activity, ideal for those who like to play on water but don't want to go it alone. 2-3 people per boat.

Brantwood, Home of John Ruskin

Brantwood, Home of John Ruskin

Coniston

Brantwood house is a registered museum. The 9 rooms that Ruskin used are open to the public. The Severn Studio presents a programme of quality art and craft exhibitions throughout the year.

The Heaton Cooper Studio

The Heaton Cooper Studio

Grasmere

The Heaton Coopers are a family of artists that go back 4 generations. The studio in Grasmere, founded by William Heaton Cooper (1903-1995) in 1939.

The 1657 Chocolate House

The 1657 Chocolate House

Kendal

The 1657 Chocolate House is a replica of the one in Bishopgate, London.

Altura trail south loop

Whinlatter Forest & Visitor Centre

Keswick

Whinlatter Forest is England's only true mountain forest. Rising 1000ft above sea level, Whinlatter provides a whole range of outdoor activities for everyone.

Whinlatter Go Ape

Go Ape Whinlatter

Keswick

One lush green forest and a healthy dollop of breathtaking scenery; a smattering of tree-top high wires, tricky crossings and wind-in-your-face zip wires. Whinlatter is the highest Go Ape course in the country, at 360 metres above sea level

Museum of Lakeland Life

Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry

Kendal

This award-winning museum takes you and your family back in time to tell the story of the Lake District and its inhabitants. Isolated until the arrival of the train and motorcar, which brought newcomers and tourists.

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Coombs Woods

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