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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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Explore

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

The Ullswater Way

The Ullswater Way Challenge

Ullswater (3 miles, 5 km)

Thu 4 Apr 2019

The Ullswater Way Challenge is a 20-mile walk that circumnavigates Ullswater and gives you the chance to explore every bit of the most beautiful lake in England.

Antique & Collectors Fair

Antique & Artisan Fair

Ullswater (3 miles, 5 km)

Fri 19 - Sun 21 Apr 2019

Antiques, collectables, fine and vintage jewellery, decorative arts, ceramics, china and local artisan products all available at this small fair in centre of pretty Pooley Bridge.

The Ullswater Way

The Ullswater Way Challenge

Ullswater (3 miles, 5 km)

Sun 5 May 2019

The Ullswater Way Challenge is a 20-mile walk that circumnavigates Ullswater and gives you the chance to explore every bit of the most beautiful lake in England.

Antique & Collectors Fair

Antique & Artisan Fair

Ullswater (3 miles, 5 km)

Fri 17 - Sun 19 May 2019

Antiques, collectables, fine and vintage jewellery, decorative arts, ceramics, china and local artisan products all available at this small fair in centre of pretty Pooley Bridge.

The Ullswater Way

The Ullswater Way Challenge

Ullswater (3 miles, 5 km)

Thu 30 May 2019

The Ullswater Way Challenge is a 20-mile walk that circumnavigates Ullswater and gives you the chance to explore every bit of the most beautiful lake in England.

A Day in the Lakes Triathlon 2019

A Day in the Lakes Triathlon

Ullswater (3 miles, 5 km)

Sun 2 Jun 2019

Half Iron and Quarter Iron distance triathlon event.

Antique & Collectors Fair

Antique & Artisan Fair

Ullswater (3 miles, 5 km)

Thu 13 - Sun 16 Jun 2019

Antiques, collectables, fine and vintage jewellery, decorative arts, ceramics, china and local artisan products all available at this small fair in centre of pretty Pooley Bridge.

Step up to the Plate

Step up to the Plate for Hospice at Home

Ullswater (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 22 Jun 2019

Step up to the plate, explore Ullswater the foodie way in aid of Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland.

Antique & Collectors Fair

Antique & Artisan Fair

Ullswater (3 miles, 5 km)

Fri 28 - Sun 30 Jun 2019

Antiques, collectables, fine and vintage jewellery, decorative arts, ceramics, china and local artisan products all available at this small fair in centre of pretty Pooley Bridge.

The Ullswater Way

The Ullswater Way Challenge

Ullswater (3 miles, 5 km)

Sat 6 Jul 2019

The Ullswater Way Challenge is a 20-mile walk that circumnavigates Ullswater and gives you the chance to explore every bit of the most beautiful lake in England.

Antique & Collectors Fair

Antique & Artisan Fair

Ullswater (3 miles, 5 km)

Thu 11 - Sun 14 Jul 2019

Antiques, collectables, fine and vintage jewellery, decorative arts, ceramics, china and local artisan products all available at this small fair in centre of pretty Pooley Bridge.

Antique & Collectors Fair

Antique & Artisan Fair

Ullswater (3 miles, 5 km)

Sat 27 Jul - Sun 4 Aug 2019

Antiques, collectables, fine and vintage jewellery, decorative arts, ceramics, china and local artisan products all available at this small fair in centre of pretty Pooley Bridge.

The Ullswater Way

The Ullswater Way Challenge

Ullswater (3 miles, 5 km)

Thu 1 Aug 2019

The Ullswater Way Challenge is a 20-mile walk that circumnavigates Ullswater and gives you the chance to explore every bit of the most beautiful lake in England.

Antique & Collectors Fair

Antique & Artisan Fair

Ullswater (3 miles, 5 km)

Fri 16 - Sun 18 Aug 2019

Antiques, collectables, fine and vintage jewellery, decorative arts, ceramics, china and local artisan products all available at this small fair in centre of pretty Pooley Bridge.

The Ullswater Way

The Ullswater Way Challenge

Ullswater (3 miles, 5 km)

Sun 1 Sep 2019

The Ullswater Way Challenge is a 20-mile walk that circumnavigates Ullswater and gives you the chance to explore every bit of the most beautiful lake in England.

Antique & Collectors Fair

Antique & Artisan Fair

Ullswater (3 miles, 5 km)

Wed 4 - Fri 6 Sep 2019

Antiques, collectables, fine and vintage jewellery, decorative arts, ceramics, china and local artisan products all available at this small fair in centre of pretty Pooley Bridge.

Antique & Collectors Fair

Antique & Artisan Fair

Ullswater (3 miles, 5 km)

Fri 18 - Sun 20 Oct 2019

Antiques, collectables, fine and vintage jewellery, decorative arts, ceramics, china and local artisan products all available at this small fair in centre of pretty Pooley Bridge.

Things to do

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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