12 days in Lake District Itinerary

12 days in Lake District Itinerary

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Penrith
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ravenglass
— 2 nights
Drive
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Windermere
— 4 nights
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Penrith

— 5 nights
Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. Venture out of the city with trips to Cockermouth (Cockermouth History Wall & J.B.Banks and Son Ltd), Grange-in-Borrowdale (Castle Crag & Holy Trinity Church) and Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Aira Force Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Ullswater, explore the ancient world of Castlerigg Stone Circle, and hike along Catbells Lakeland Walk.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Penrith trip itinerary planning app.

London to Penrith is an approximately 4-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from London in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Penrith: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ravenglass.

Things to do in Penrith

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Ravenglass

— 2 nights
Ravenglass is a small coastal village and natural harbour in Cumbria, England roughly halfway between Barrow-in-Furness and Whitehaven. On the 23rd (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Muncaster Castle, steep yourself in history at Eskdale Mill, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seascale Beach. On your second day here, head outdoors with Hardknott Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Scafell Pike Mountain, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Catherine's Chruch, and finally stroll through Stanley Ghyll Force Waterfall.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ravenglass online vacation planner.

You can drive from Penrith to Ravenglass in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Windermere.

Things to do in Ravenglass

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Windermere

— 4 nights
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Change things up with these side-trips from Windermere: Grange-over-Sands (Cartmel Racecourse & Hampsfell Hospice), Lake Grasmere (in Grasmere) and Predator Experience (in Ayside). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Windermere, enjoy some diversion at Michael Coates Clay Shooting, identify plant and animal life at Brockhole on Windermere, and contemplate the long history of Stott Park Bobbin Mill.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Windermere trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Ravenglass to Windermere in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Windermere

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Lake District travel guide

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World heritage site · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
A paradise for all lovers of the great outdoors, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Lake District is widely regarded as one of the most stunning areas of natural beauty in the UK. This mountainous region famously served as inspiration for some of the finest works of artists William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Containing the country’s largest national park, the Lake District is England’s top vacation destination for hikers and rock climbers. Nature lovers from around the world linger in this area for days and even weeks, sightseeing in the sweeping landscape of rugged hilltops, glistening lakes, dense forests, and hazy mountaintops. The region abounds in numerous hidden pubs, inns, and hotels, offering not only shelter from the weather, but also first-class dining and drinking options.