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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

Billie Buzzard’s wild garden trail

Grasmere (3 miles, 5 km)

Thu 2 May - Fri 18 Oct 2019

Billie Buzzard is soaring overhead, floating on the breeze and watching all the comings and goings of the Allan Bank woodland garden. Can you find all the creatures that Billie Buzzard can see? Solve all the clues to win your prize.

Plantlife

Free Nature Poetry Workshop, Windermere

Windermere (2 miles, 4 km)

Thu 25 Jul 2019

Join Plantlife for a free nature poetry workshop at Brockhole Visitor Centre, Windermere. This workshop is a blend of indoor and outdoor sessions, sourcing inspiration from the natural world and capturing this in your creative writing.

Lehman trilogy

The Lehman Trilogy (National Theatre Live)

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Thu 25 Jul 2019

The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening.

Pop-up Poetry

Pop-up Poetry

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Fri 26 Jul 2019

Come rain or shine, this summer you'll find us ready to serve up a slice of poetry in these relaxed and friendly gatherings!

André Rieu

André Rieu 2019 Maastricht Concert: Shall We Dance

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 27 Jul 2019

With special guests, surprises, as well as some renowned sopranos and tenors, André will this year celebrate the true music of a heart which beats in ¾ time – the Waltz!

National Youth String Orchestra

National Youth String Orchestra

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 27 Jul 2019

National Youth String Orchestra Damian Iorio conductor Sirius Chau flute Vivaldi, Britten, L. Berkeley and Mussorgsky arr. Cohen

Places of Poetry

Places of Poetry

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Mon 29 Jul - Sun 4 Aug 2019

Join in with this week of free events exploring the literary and natural heritage of the Lake District through poetry.

Trio Anima - credit: Aliona Adrianova

Trio Anima

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Mon 29 Jul 2019

Ibert, Britten, Boyle, P Martin, Alwyn & Debussy

Tom Poster - credit Elena Urioste

Tom Poster

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Mon 29 Jul 2019

Schubert, Frances-Hoad, Janácek, Schumann & Ravel

Carducci Quartet 2 - credit Andy Holdsworth

Carducci Quartet 2

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Tue 30 Jul 2019

Haydn String Quartet in D major, Op.20 No.4 Mendelssohn String Quartet No.6 in F minor, Op.80 Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G minor, Op.57

Hawkshead

Wordsworth's Hawkshead

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Wed 31 Jul 2019

Discover Hawkshead and the surrounding countryside through Wordsworth’s eyes with a free guided walk.

Trio Opal

Trio Opal 1

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Wed 31 Jul 2019

Haydn Piano Trio in E flat major, Hob.XV:29 Rachmaninov Trio Élégiaque No.1 in G minor Beethoven Piano Trio in C minor, Op.1 No.3

Mozart Don Giovanni - credit Michele Crosera

Mozart Don Giovanni

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Wed 31 Jul 2019

Mozart Don Giovanni from Venice Duration: 165' plus interval

Measure for Measure (live from the RSC)

Measure for Measure (live from the RSC)

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Wed 31 Jul 2019

Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today. Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, directs this new production.

Dove Cottage Poets

Dove Cottage Poets

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Thu 1 Aug 2019

Dove Cottage Poets is an informal poetry writing group that meets at the Wordsworth Trust on a monthly basis. Anyone who wishes to develop their poetry, or just enjoy shared reading and writing, whatever stage you are at, is very welcome.

Pop-up Poetry

Pop-up Poetry

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Fri 2 Aug 2019

Come rain or shine, this summer you'll find us ready to serve up a slice of poetry in these relaxed and friendly gatherings!

Puccini Madama Butterfly

Puccini Madama Butterfly

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 2 Aug 2019

Puccini's Madama Butterfly from Madrid Duration 156' plus interval

Ullswater

In the Footsteps of Wordsworth

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Sat 3 Aug 2019

A free guided walk at Ullswater, home to the daffodils that inspired ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ in 1802.

Thelwall

A Day with John Thelwall

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Sat 3 Aug 2019

Learn more about John Thelwall by taking a walk in his footsteps around Kirkby Lonsdale - and by attending a book launch straight out of the 19th century!

Shostakovich

Setting the Scene

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 3 Aug 2019

Talk by David Nice

Wordsworth On Tour

Reimagining Wordsworth On Tour

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Sat 3 Aug 2019

This year we are taking Wordsworth on the road! Our free pop-up sessions will introduce William Wordsworth, his sister Dorothy, and their life at Dove Cottage in Grasmere.

Liam McNally

Liam McNally / Rachel Fright

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 3 Aug 2019

Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Britten, Firsova & Mussorgsky

The New Babylon

The New Babylon

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 3 Aug 2019

A rare opportunity to see this extraordinary classic of the silent cinema.

Why Read

Why Should We Read John Thelwall?

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Sat 3 Aug 2019

Professor Judith Thompson of Dalhousie University introduces the writing of John Thelwall through the very best bits of his work.

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.

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Coombs Woods

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