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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

©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.

Photo credit: Andrew Jenkins

Stargazing

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Sat 28 Sep 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.

Photo credit: Andrew Jenkins

Stargazing

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Sun 29 Sep 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.

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

Photo credit: Andrew Jenkins

Stargazing

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Fri 4 Oct 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.

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.

Photo credit: Andrew Jenkins

Stargazing

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Fri 25 Oct 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.

Photo credit: Andrew Jenkins

Stargazing

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

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.

Photo credit: Andrew Jenkins

Stargazing

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

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.

 3D Needlefelt Toadstools & Mushrooms

Make 3D Needlefelt Toadstools & Mushrooms – Half D

Coniston (2 miles, 4 km)

Tue 26 Nov 2019

This workshop is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with a little experience of the wonderful art of needle felting.

Decorations

Make 3D Needlefelt Christmas Tree Decorations – Ha

Coniston (2 miles, 4 km)

Tue 26 Nov 2019

This workshop is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with a little experience of the wonderful art of needle felting.

Photo credit: Andrew Jenkins

Stargazing

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Wed 27 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.

Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy w/ a Christmas Twist

Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy w/ a Christmas Twist

Coniston (2 miles, 4 km)

Wed 27 Nov 2019

Learn the art of beautiful modern lettering just in time for Christmas - and bring home some lovely festive goodies!

Christmas Candle & Soap Making

Christmas Candle & Soap Making - Full Day

Coniston (2 miles, 4 km)

Thu 28 Nov 2019

In this one day Christmas themed workshop Siobhan Dawson, from The Little Lakeland Soap Company, will teach you about the background to the different scent blends, the properties of each oil and why they were chosen.

Photo credit: Andrew Jenkins

Stargazing

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Fri 6 Dec 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.

Photo credit: Andrew Jenkins

Stargazing

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Sat 7 Dec 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.

Photo credit: Andrew Jenkins

Stargazing

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Wed 18 Dec 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.

Photo credit: Andrew Jenkins

Stargazing

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Fri 3 Jan 2020

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.

Photo credit: Andrew Jenkins

Stargazing

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Sat 4 Jan 2020

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.

Photo credit: Andrew Jenkins

Stargazing

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Fri 24 Jan 2020

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.

Photo credit: Andrew Jenkins

Stargazing

Hawkshead (3 miles, 4 km)

Sat 25 Jan 2020

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.

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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