Lake District Travel Guide
Visiting the Lake District is a chance to truly immerse yourself in one of the UK’s most beautiful natural wonders. This large and sprawling natural park provides plenty of action and attractions as well as ample opportunities to relax. Take your dog on a long hike around Bassenthwaite Lake, enjoy the water sports at Lake Windermere or even try a spot of climbing at one of the many adventure centres in the area.
Welcome to the Lake District
The Lake District is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK because of its natural beauty but also because of its diversity. It offers so many opportunities for picture perfect shots of chocolate box villages like Threlkeld and awe-inspiring peaks like Skiddaw and Blencathra. Bustling market towns and vibrant communities lift the spirits and ensure there are plenty of historic and cultural sights to explore, as well as the outstanding natural world.
Keswick is one of the Lake District’s much-loved bustling market towns. Perfectly located near picturesque Derwentwater and home to the famed Theatre by the Lake, Keswick is ideal for hill walkers, adventure seekers and lovers of country life.
A stone’s throw from the largest lake in England, the historic town of Windermere is renowned for its Beatrix Potter connections and outstanding natural beauty, especially around the lake. Trails lead up to Orrest Head, perfect for panoramic views and capturing some truly inspiring snaps.
Travelling to the Lake District could not be easier and there are many options open to you:
The nearest airports to the Lake District are Manchester to the South and Glasgow to the North. Both are a significant distance from the area although Manchester is nearer and connects the North West with major UK cities including London and Edinburgh.
Direct trains run into Windermere from a branch line that heads from Oxenholme, a station which links up easily with services on the west
coast of England which in turn connect with central London and Glasgow. There is also another railway station on the same line in Kendal if that takes you closer to your chosen location.
The M6 motorway is the easiest way to connect to the main roads running through the Lake District. The M6 runs to the east of the area and we recommend turning off at Junction 37 (Kendal) or Junction 40 (Penrith) for easy access across the Lake District National Park and to find your cottage location