31 days in Cumbria Itinerary

31 days in Cumbria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cumbria Trip Planner

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Kendal
— 2 nights
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Kirkby Stephen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kirkby Lonsdale
— 1 night
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Kirkby Lonsdale
— 1 night
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Grange-over-Sands
— 1 night
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Grizedale
— 1 night
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Bowness-on-Windermere
— 2 nights
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Ambleside
— 3 nights
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Grasmere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Keswick
— 4 nights
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Bassenthwaite
— 1 night
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Buttermere
— 1 night
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Wasdale Head
— 1 night
Drive
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Ennerdale Bridge
— 1 night
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Cockermouth
— 1 night
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Bowness on Solway
— 1 night
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Carlisle
— 3 nights
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Kendal

— 2 nights
Kendal, anciently known as Kirkby in Kendal or Kirkby Kendal, is a market town and civil parish within the South Lakeland District of Cumbria, England. Venture out of the city with trips to Lancaster (Lancaster Castle & Williamson Park) and Eric Morecambe Statue (in Morecambe). There's more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Hawkshead Brewery and step into the grandiose world of Kendal Castle.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Kendal trip planner.

London to Kendal is an approximately 4-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. On the 7th (Thu), you'll travel to Kirkby Stephen.

Things to do in Kendal

Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Kirkby Stephen

— 3 nights
Kirkby Stephen is a civil parish and small market town in Cumbria, in North West England which historically, is part of Westmorland. Change things up with these side-trips from Kirkby Stephen: The Bowes Museum (in Barnard Castle), The Forbidden Corner (in Middleham) and Aysgarth Falls (in Aysgarth). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy some diversion at Warren Gill, stop by Brymor Ice Cream, do a tasting at High Cup Wines, and see the interesting displays at Stainmore Railway Company.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kirkby Stephen travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kendal to Kirkby Stephen takes an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kirkby Lonsdale.

Things to do in Kirkby Stephen

Museums · Theme Parks · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Kirkby Lonsdale

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): trek along Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, Head underground at White Scar Cave, then look for gifts at Burton Village Shop, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Devil's Bridge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kirkby Lonsdale itinerary website.

Getting from Kirkby Stephen to Kirkby Lonsdale by car takes about an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Kirkby Lonsdale.

Things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Kirkby Lonsdale

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): trek along Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, then Head underground at White Scar Cave, then get to know the fascinating history of Devil's Bridge, and finally get great views at Ruskin's View.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kirkby Lonsdale trip planning website.

Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Grange-over-Sands.

Things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Grange-over-Sands

— 1 night
Known for its friendly people and balmy climate, Grange-over-Sands serves as a home base for holidaymakers who come to explore the surrounding area.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cartmel Priory, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lakes Aquarium, and then don't miss a visit to Prom Art.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Grange-over-Sands online travel route planner.

Grange-over-Sands is just a short distance from Kirkby Lonsdale. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Grizedale.

Things to do in Grange-over-Sands

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grizedale

— 1 night
Grizedale is a hamlet in the Lake District of North West England, in the middle of the Grizedale Forest, located north of Satterthwaite and south of Hawkshead. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Bogle Crag Trail and then walk around Fell Foot Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Grizedale trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grange-over-Sands to Grizedale takes an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bowness-on-Windermere.

Things to do in Grizedale

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowness-on-Windermere

— 2 nights
Bowness-on-Windermere is a town in South Lakeland, Cumbria, England. On the 15th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, then enjoy some diversion at Michael Coates Clay Shooting, then appreciate the extensive heritage of High Street, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Orrest Head. On the next day, stop by Toys and Hobbies, then look for gifts at Lakeland, then admire the natural beauty at Holehird Gardens, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Bowness-on-Windermere online trip maker.

Bowness-on-Windermere is very close to Grizedale. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ambleside.

Things to do in Bowness-on-Windermere

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Ambleside

— 3 nights
Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Ambleside is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, take a peaceful walk through Grizedale Forest, and explore the historical opulence of Wray Castle.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ambleside trip itinerary maker.

Ambleside is just a stone's throw from Bowness-on-Windermere. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grasmere.

Things to do in Ambleside

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Grasmere

— 3 nights
Grasmere is a village and tourist destination in the centre of the English Lake District. When in Grasmere, make a side trip to see Place Fell in Patterdale, approximately Patterdale away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Lake Grasmere, look for gifts at Herdy, explore the activities along Easedale Tarn, and trek along Helm Crag.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Grasmere day trip app.

Grasmere is just a stone's throw from Ambleside. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Keswick.

Things to do in Grasmere

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Keswick

— 4 nights
Keswick is an English market town and civil parish, historically in Cumberland, and since 1974 in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Keswick: Malham Cove (in Malham) and Ingleton Waterfalls Trail (in Ingleton). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Derwentwater, get the adrenaline pumping with Honister Slate Mine, browse the exhibits of Thornthwaite Galleries, and explore the ancient world of Castlerigg Stone Circle.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Keswick trip simple and quick.

Keswick is very close to Grasmere. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bassenthwaite.

Things to do in Keswick

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Bassenthwaite

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Lakes Distillery, then explore the activities along Bassenthwaite Lake National Nature Reserve, and then take in the awesome beauty at Skiddaw.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bassenthwaite trip itinerary tool.

Bassenthwaite is very close to Keswick. In December, daily temperatures in Bassenthwaite can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Buttermere.

Things to do in Bassenthwaite

Nature · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Buttermere

— 1 night
Holidays in Buttermere allow you to get away from it all as well as to satisfy your inner adventurer.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at The Bowder Stone and then contemplate the waterfront views at Buttermere Lake.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Buttermere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bassenthwaite to Buttermere takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wasdale Head.

Things to do in Buttermere

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Wasdale Head

— 1 night
Wasdale Head is a scattered agricultural hamlet in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Wast Water, then delve into the distant past at Hardknott Roman Fort, and then hike along Great Gable.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Wasdale Head planner.

Drive from Buttermere to Wasdale Head in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Ennerdale Bridge.

Things to do in Wasdale Head

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Ennerdale Bridge

— 1 night
Ennerdale Bridge is a hamlet in the county of Cumbria, England. On the 30th (Sat), delve into the lush surroundings at Ennerdale Water, see the interesting displays at The Rum Story, and then let little ones run wild at Planet Play.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ennerdale Bridge trip planner.

You can drive from Wasdale Head to Ennerdale Bridge in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cockermouth.

Things to do in Ennerdale Bridge

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Cockermouth

— 1 night
Cockermouth is an ancient market town and civil parish in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, England, so named because it is at the confluence of the River Cocker as it flows into the River Derwent. On the 31st (Sun), sample the tasty concoctions at Jennings Brewery, then view the masterpieces at Castlegate House Gallery, then admire the landmark architecture of Wordsworth House and Garden, and finally steep yourself in history at Isel Hall.

Discover how to plan a Cockermouth trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Cockermouth is very close to Ennerdale Bridge. In December in Cockermouth, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bowness on Solway.

Things to do in Cockermouth

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Shopping

Bowness on Solway

— 1 night
Bowness-on-Solway is a village of fewer than 100 houses on the Solway Firth separating England and Scotland. On the 1st (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Devil's Porridge Museum and then revel in the low prices at Gretna Gateway Outlet Village.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bowness on Solway trip planner.

You can drive from Cockermouth to Bowness on Solway in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Carlisle.

Things to do in Bowness on Solway

Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Carlisle

— 3 nights
Carlisle is a city and the county town of Cumbria. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carlisle: Hexham (Walltown Crags - Hadrian's Wall, Falconry Days, &more), Penrith (Long Meg and her Daughters & Lacy's Caves) and Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall (in Haydon Bridge). It doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Cragside House and Gardens and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carlisle Cathedral.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Carlisle trip planner.

Drive from Bowness on Solway to Carlisle in an hour. January in Carlisle sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Carlisle

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Cumbria travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water · Castles
Most people speed through Cumbria in a mad rush to get to the region’s most popular tourist attractions, the Lake District National Park and Hadrian’s Wall. Despite this unfortunate oversight, for centuries this county of outstanding natural beauty, bustling market towns, and picturesque villages has inspired musicians and writers, including William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Much of Cumbria is mountainous, and it notably contains Scafell Pike, England’s highest point. The region’s history was long characterized by invasions, mass migrations, and repeated bloody land disputes between the English and Scottish. Today, Cumbria stands poised to be invaded by tourists, but for the moment visitors here can enjoy quiet tours of the unspoiled land, dramatic mountain walks, sparkling lakes, and scenic hillside trails.

Cockermouth travel guide

4.3
World heritage site · Bodies of Water · Architectural Buildings
Cockermouth is an ancient market town and civil parish in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, England, so named because it is at the confluence of the River Cocker as it flows into the River Derwent. The mid-2010 census estimates state that Cockermouth has a population of 8,204, increasing to 8,761 at the 2011 Census.Historically a part of Cumberland, Cockermouth is situated outside the English Lake District on its northwest fringe. Much of the architectural core of the town remains unchanged since the basic medieval layout was filled in the 18th and 19th centuries. The regenerated market place is now a central historical focus within the town and reflects events during its 800-year history. The town is prone to flooding, being flooded in 2005, again much more severely on 19 November 2009 and on 5 December 2015.EtymologyCockermouth, is "the mouth of the River Cocker"; the river takes its name from the Brythonic Celtic word kukrā, meaning 'the crooked one.' It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.GeographyCockermouth owes its existence to the confluence of the rivers Cocker and Derwent, being the lowest point, historically, at which the resultant fast flowing river powered by the Lake District could be bridged. Cockermouth is situated a few minutes travelling distance from lakes such as Crummock Water, Loweswater, and Bassenthwaite.

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