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Lake District

Sparkling lakes, secret valleys and picturesque stone-built villages. The Lake District has captivated generations of visitors and inspired many famous artists.

Lake District

It’s difficult to overstate the beauty of the Lake District. The area’s sparkling lakes, secret valleys and picturesque stone-built villages have captivated generations of visitors and inspired many famous artists. England’s largest National Park is also a World Heritage Site and is home to Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, and Wastwater, the nation’s deepest lake.

The Lake District
A place of superlatives, the Lake District National Park is the largest in the UK and boasts England’s highest mountain – Scafell Pike – and its largest lake – Lake Windermere.

The region has strong literary ties too, which can be explored at the World of Beatrix Potter attraction and at Dove Cottage, William Wordsworth’s former home. The Lake District National Park is renowned for its stargazing too and is listed as a Dark Skies Discovery site, while quaint Lake District cottages line the streets of thriving communities like Bowness-on-Windermere and Keswick.

Renowned for its beauty and unbridled greenery, if you’re planning to visit Lake District attractions, they’ll be an abundance of awe-inspiring scenery to view on the way.

The Lake District at a glance

Top suggestions for first time visitors to the Lake District.

The Lake District
The area has long been a magnet for artists and writers.

A place of superlatives, the Lake District National Park is the largest in the UK and boasts England’s highest mountain – Scafell Pike – and its largest lake – Lake Windermere.

The area has long been a magnet for artists and writers. Visit Hill Top cottage to see where Beatrix Potter penned many of her famous works, or retrace the footsteps of William Wordsworth at his home Dove Cottage, now a quaint museum packed full of memorabilia.

Billed as the ‘Gateway to the Lakes’, Kendal in South Cumbria makes a natural first stop on your Lake District adventure while the market town of Keswick provides a great base for exploring the northern lake and the beauty of nearby Borrowdale.

You can fly 200m across the top of Grizedale forest with Go Ape’s tree top adventure course. Designed to entertain tarzans big and small, expect to traverse the tree canopy on zip wires and aerial walkways.

The Lake District is in Cumbria, North West England. It's around 3.5 hours away from London by train and 1.5 hours from Manchester International airport.

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