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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

©National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Samuel Whiskers’ children’s trail

Sawrey (2 miles, 3 km)

Wed 22 May - Sun 3 Nov 2019

Search for Samuel Whiskers and his ratty friends around Hill Top house and seek out hedgehogs in the garden as you follow the trail.

Working on a wolf for Monza.

Sally Matthews

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Thu 23 May - Sun 29 Sep 2019

I make and draw animals as I see them – no myth, no fairytale – animals that share the earth.

Walking for Health

Walking for Health

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Mon 1 Jul 2019

Enjoy a guided walk in Grizedale Forest

Andrea Gregson Seeing through the Ground

Andrea Gregson Seeing through the Ground

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Fri 5 Jul - Sat 31 Aug 2019

Grizedale has a long history of industry, everything from iron smelting, tanneries, swill making, charcoal burning, bobbin-making and gunpowder production.

Speak!.Easy: Phil Hilborne

Speak!.Easy: Phil Hilborne

Hawkshead (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 13 Jul 2019

In July, the Speak!Easy stage is pleased to announce the return of Phil Hilborne.

Craft Activity

Family Activity Days

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Tue 23 Jul 2019

Family Activities at Grizedale

Craft Activity

Family Activity Days

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Tue 30 Jul 2019

Family Activities at Grizedale

Walking for Health

Walking for Health

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Mon 5 Aug 2019

Enjoy a guided walk in Grizedale Forest

Beginner's Modern Calligraphy - Half day

Beginner's Modern Calligraphy - Half day

Coniston (2 miles, 4 km)

Tue 6 Aug 2019

Swallows & Artisans is an inspiring creative workshop in a spectacular setting overlooking Coniston Water. The studio is adjacent to Lanehead, the old home of artist William G Collingwood & occasionally provides accommodation for S&A guests

Combo Beginner’s Calligraphy & Brush Letter-Full

Combo Beginner’s Calligraphy & Brush Letter-Full

Coniston (2 miles, 4 km)

Tue 6 Aug 2019

This is a combined option of the two separate workshops we have running on 6th August. Come and play with us for the day and enjoy a discounted rate.

Craft Activity

Family Activity Days

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Tue 6 Aug 2019

Family Activities at Grizedale

Beginner's Brush Lettering - Half day

Beginner's Brush Lettering - Half day

Coniston (2 miles, 4 km)

Tue 6 Aug 2019

Swallows & Artisans is an inspiring creative workshop in a spectacular setting overlooking Coniston Water. The studio is adjacent to Lanehead, the old home of artist William G Collingwood & occasionally provides accommodation for S&A guests

Drucker Piano Quartet

Music for a Summer Evening

Hawkshead (0 miles, 0 km)

Tue 6 Aug 2019

Mozart Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, K478 Bray Zustände Alwyn Rhapsody Fauré Piano Quartet No.1 in C minor, Op.15

Speak!Easy: Barbara Hickson

Speak!Easy: Barbara Hickson

Hawkshead (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 10 Aug 2019

In August, the Speak!Easy stage is pleased to welcome Barbara Hickson.

Craft Activity

Family Activity Days

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Tue 13 Aug 2019

Family Activities at Grizedale

Craft Activity

Family Activity Days

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Tue 20 Aug 2019

Family Activities at Grizedale

Craft Activity

Family Activity Days

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Tue 27 Aug 2019

Family Activities at Grizedale

Walking for Health

Walking for Health

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Mon 2 Sep 2019

Enjoy a guided walk in Grizedale Forest

Speak!Easy: Emily Butt

Speak!Easy: Emily Butt

Hawkshead (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 14 Sep 2019

September's Speak!Easy is pleased to welcome Emily Butt to the stage.

Learn Illuminated Lettering – 2 Days

Learn Illuminated Lettering – 2 Days

Coniston (2 miles, 4 km)

Tue 1 - Wed 2 Oct 2019

Join Sarah Lace for a 2 day workshop in Illuminated Lettering, this workshop offers the opportunity to learn something of the history and origins about these art forms

Become a Weaver in 2 days

Become a Weaver in 2 days

Coniston (2 miles, 4 km)

Tue 8 - Wed 9 Oct 2019

Join local weaver extraordinaire, Jan Beadle, on this 2 day workshop where she will take you through the whole process of winding a warp, dressing a loom and then weaving your cloth.

Make a Chicken Wire Stag Head – 1 Day

Make a Chicken Wire Stag Head – 1 Day

Coniston (2 miles, 4 km)

Thu 10 Oct 2019

We're excited to host the well-known wire sculptor, Chris Moss, at Swallows & Artisans. Chris uses a variety of metal materials, including new and recycled wire and mesh, to create stunning sculptures

Speak!Easy: T. M. Mason

Speak!Easy: T. M. Mason

Hawkshead (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 12 Oct 2019

Speak!Easy is pleased to announce a unique performance in October.

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.

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