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The Lake District

On the 10th July 2017, the Lake District received World Heritage Site status, positioning us alongside destinations such as the Taj Mahal, the Tower of London and the Great Barrier Reef. We welcome you to join us to celebrate this achievement and visit the UK’s largest World Heritage site.

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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Use the interactive map and click on the different towns shown below to expore and find out more about that area.

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.

Ambleside

The town of Ambleside is situated at the Northern end of England's largest lake, Windermere. It is a popular market town with a great central location in the national park.

HAWKSHEAD

The pretty little village of Hawkshead has close ties with famous author, Beatrix Potter and her infamous Peter Rabbit stories. Her old residence, Hill Top, is located 5 minutes away at Sawrey and is a popular tourist attraction.

What's On

Treasure from Dust: the geology of John Ruskin

Treasure from Dust: the geology of John Ruskin

Coniston

Thu 8 Aug 2019 - Mon 31 Dec 2029

Ruskin could not resist the wonder he felt at the ability of the earth to form itself into crystalline treasures and spectacular mountain ranges.

Alpaca's

Guided Alpaca Walks

Keswick

Fri 20 Sep 2019 - Tue 31 Mar 2020

Experience Whinlatter with a difference.

Grizedale Residency

Grizedale Residency Karolin Schwab & Ben Allan

Hawkshead

Thu 26 Sep - Sun 15 Dec 2019

Karolin Schwab and Ben Allan completed a six week residency at Grizedale.

Colour & Light

Colour and Light

Kendal

Fri 18 Oct 2019 - Wed 1 Jan 2020

Colour and Light: The Art and Influence of the Scottish Colourists

Moon's Halo

"Forces of Nature" - Paintings by Tiana Marie

Coniston

Thu 24 Oct - Sun 24 Nov 2019

Celebrating John Ruskin's Bi-Centenary year, an exhibition of paintings by Tiana Marie exploring the forces of Nature as the elements of earth, air, fire, water and ether.

LGBT+

LGBT+ Within and Beyond

Kendal

Fri 1 Nov 2019 - Sat 1 Feb 2020

Lakeland Arts is embarking on a project to uncover the history of Cumbria’s LGBT community.

Bread making

Cookery lessons

Kendal

Fri 1 - Sat 30 Nov 2019

Here at The Lyth Valley Restaurant with Rooms, we can offer multiple types of cookery lessons with a maximum of 6 people per class.

An Anxious Fish Grows Its Own Scales, 2019

Anna Reading - The Pothole

Kendal

Sat 9 Nov - Sat 14 Dec 2019

Cross Lane Projects is proud to present a solo exhibition of new work by Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2018/19 winner Anna Reading.

Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present

Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present

Windermere

Wed 13 - Sat 16 Nov 2019

It’s Mickey’s 80th birthday and he and his wife Meg are awaiting the arrival of their son, Adrian, and his new (and latest!) fiancée, Grace!

HUMPS or: Grey Water, Green Eyes

HUMPS or: Grey Water, Green Eyes

Windermere

Wed 13 - Thu 14 Nov 2019

3 night showing of HUMPS or: Grey Water, Green Eyes - an independent feature film, shot and set in the Lake District.

Kendal Mountain Festival

Kendal Mountain Festival

Kendal

Thu 14 - Sun 17 Nov 2019

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.

Murder at Gatsby Manor

Murder at Gatsby Manor

Bowness-on-Windermere

Thu 14 Nov 2019

Murder at Gatsby Manor Murder Mystery Dinner at Lindeth Howe Join us on 14th November 2019. Fancy dress is optional!

Photo credit: Andrew Jenkins

Stargazing

Hawkshead

Fri 15 Nov 2019

Robert Ince will be your guide taking you on an incredible journey through the constellations and along the Milky Way, while also showing you how to find all sorts of heavenly objects for yourself.

Fleecy by David Pooley

Affordable Art Weekend

Staveley

Fri 15 - Sun 17 Nov 2019

Affordable Art by local artists – all priced at £150 or less. Whether you’re buying for yourself or making an early start on your Christmas shopping, this is the ideal place to start.

Ghyll Scramble Kendal Mountain Festival 2019

Ghyll Scramble Kendal Mountain Festival 2019

Kendal

Fri 15 Nov 2019

November 14-17th sees the return of the Kendal Mountain Festival 2019 and INTO THE OUTSIDE are hosting a special event for festival goers: 2 days of Ghyll Scrambling!

Workshop Poster

Interactive Children’s Creative Writing Workshops

Coniston

Fri 15 Nov 2019

Local writer Amy Stretch-Parker invites children between the ages of 8 and 12 to join her for a series of interactive creative writing workshops exploring the miniature world ‘Riverdale’.

HUMPS or: Grey Water, Green Eyes

HUMPS or: Grey Water, Green Eyes

Windermere

Fri 15 Nov 2019

3 night showing of HUMPS or: Grey Water, Green Eyes - an independent feature film, shot and set in the Lake District.

Beth Thomas

LIVE MUSIC - BAHA - BETH THOMAS

Bowness-on-Windermere

Fri 15 - Sat 16 Nov 2019

We welcome back the hugely talented Beth Thomas to BAHA.

Photo credit: Andrew Jenkins

Stargazing

Hawkshead

Sat 16 Nov 2019

Robert Ince will be your guide taking you on an incredible journey through the constellations and along the Milky Way, while also showing you how to find all sorts of heavenly objects for yourself.

Ghyll Scramble Kendal Mountain Festival 2019

Ghyll Scramble Kendal Mountain Festival 2019

Kendal

Sat 16 Nov 2019

November 14-17th sees the return of the Kendal Mountain Festival 2019 and INTO THE OUTSIDE are hosting a special event for festival goers: 2 days of Ghyll Scrambling!

Workshop Poster

Interactive Children’s Creative Writing Workshops

Coniston

Sat 16 Nov 2019

Local writer Amy Stretch-Parker invites children between the ages of 8 and 12 to join her for a series of interactive creative writing workshops exploring the miniature world ‘Riverdale’.

Student in action

Painting Highland cows in mix media

Windermere

Sat 16 Nov 2019

We will be painting Highland cows in acrylic with some pastel added afterwards. All art materials are provided

Mass Start

adidas KMF 10K Trail Run

Kendal

Sat 16 Nov 2019

A trail run of 10km's around Kendal, taking in the landmarks that many of the locals use for their training. A classic trail run, strewn with natural obstacles - no haybales or mudbaths here - just lots of great ascents, jaw dropping vistas

Lantern Procession Through Ambleside

Ambleside Christmas Lights Switch-on

Ambleside

Sat 16 Nov 2019

Every year on the third Saturday in November, the people of Ambleside parade through the town at dusk, carrying hundreds of paper lanterns.Young and old turn out to witness this spectacular procession.

BOOK TICKETS

Book tickets online to a great selection of Lake District attractions, adventure activities and family fun days out. Book easily and securely with Golakes, your trusted local tourist board.

Click the image below to view the range of attractions available.

Coombs Woods

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