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Lake district places to visit

Lake District places to visit

Below you will find the most popular Lake district places to visit. We are 10 minutes’ walk from Lake Windermere where pleasure boats abound. For the more active, water sports are available. Around Ambleside there are numerous local scenic walks and places to visit: The houses of Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin, The Grizedale Forest. Numerous National Trust properties including Castlerigg Stone circle and Rheged visitor centre these are just a few of the  Lake district places to visit close to Brathay Lodge, Ambleside.

Where to go in the Lake district

For more information on places to visit in the Lake district see the links below to Ambleside, Widermere, Kendal, Bowness, Hawkshead, Coniston, Keswick, Penrith, Grange over sands, Carlisle, the West coast, Ulverston and Grasmere. These places are all Lake district favourites with visitors and all have historic, scenic and interesting places to visit as well as plenty of local goods to shop for and take home. Each Lakeland venue has a local map with places of interest marked.

Great ways to travel round the Lakes

There are lots of options for sightseeing right across the Lake district. You can obtain a Dayrider or explorer ticket for Lakeland bus routes. Lots of places across the Lakes and Cumbria offer Mountain bike and cycle hire. Windermere and other lakes offer hop on hop off services for Lakes steamers and launches. Local train services run right into the heart of the lake district to the station in Windermere. There are also services that skirt around the edges of the Lake district and right up the West coast. There is even some small systems of steam railways available to the public such as Lakeside railway which links up with the Steamers of Windermere lake cruises.

If you prefer to travel by car there are plenty of carparks. They are mostly provided by the local council and the National trust or the National Park Authority. Many car parks can be found near to popular scenic places and much loved Lakeland walks.


  • Ambleside


    Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Historically within the county of Westmorland, it is situated at the head of Windermere, England’s largest lake. The town is […]

  • Ulverston


    Ulverston is a market & festival town in the South Lakeland District of Cumbria and NW England, located in the Furness area, close to the Lake District and just north […]

  • West Coast

    West Coast

    Western Lakeland is a land of vivid and exciting contrasts, lying between the mountains and the sea. The coastal towns are within minutes of complete peace and tranquility. There are […]

  • Carlisle


    Carlisle is ideally located between Scotland and the Lake District Cumbria, and both within easy reach. Situated on the path of Hadrian’s Wall, Carlisle is a vibrant, cultured city. With […]

  • Grange over Sands

    Grange over Sands

    Grange or ‘Graunge’ is a French word meaning granary and the monks of nearby Cartmel Priory stored their grain here until Henry VIII dissolved England’s monasteries in 1536. Like Ulverston, […]

  • Penrith


    Penrith is a large town acting as a regional centre for the eastern Lake District, lying just outside the National Park. Its position on the strategic route to and from […]

  • Keswick


    Keswick ( /ˈkɛzɨk/ kez-ik) is a market town and civil parish within the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, England. It had a population of 4,984, according to the 2001 census,[1] […]

  • Coniston


    Coniston is a village and civil parish in the Furness region of Cumbria, England. It is located in the southern part of the Lake District National Park, between Coniston Water, […]

  • Hawkshead Village


    Hawkshead (Hawks-head) is a village and civil parish in the Cumbria, England. It is one of the main tourist honeypots in the South Lakeland area, and is dependent on the […]

  • Bowness


    Bowness-on-Windermere is a town in South Lakeland, Cumbria, England. Due its position on the banks of Windermere the town has become a tourist honeypot. Although their mutual growth has caused […]

  • Kendal


    Kendal is an old market town situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the country – the English Lake District. Kendal is also within 30 minutes drive of […]

  • Windermere


    Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. It is a ribbon lake formed in a glacial trough after the retreat of ice at the start of the current interglacial. […]

  • Grasmere


    Grasmere is a village, and popular tourist destination, in the centre of the English Lake District. It takes its name from the adjacent lake, and is associated with the Lake […]

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