5 days in Lake District & Barnard Castle Itinerary

5 days in Lake District & Barnard Castle Itinerary

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5 days in Lake District & Barnard Castle Itinerary

Start: London
train:  3​h
1
Penrith
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
Barnard Castle
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Windermere
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
End: London

1
night
Penrith

Penrith ©
Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. On the 12th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Aira Force Waterfall and then let little ones run wild at Center Parcs - Whinfell Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): examine the collection at The Puzzling Place, trek along Catbells Lakeland Walk, and then explore the activities along Derwentwater.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Penrith trip itinerary maker tool .

London to Penrith is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London in August, expect nights in Penrith to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Barnard Castle.

Things to do in Penrith

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Keswick
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Derwentwater ©
Derwentwater
Center Parcs - Whinfell Forest ©
Center Parcs - Whinfell Forest
The Puzzling Place ©
The Puzzling Place

1
night
Barnard Castle

Barnard Castle ©
Barnard Castle is a market town in Teesdale, County Durham, England. On the 14th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Wetheriggs Animal Rescue, examine the collection at The Bowes Museum, then look for gifts at Chocolate Fayre, and finally step into the grandiose world of Barnard Castle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Barnard Castle online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Penrith to Barnard Castle in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Barnard Castle, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Windermere.

Things to do in Barnard Castle

Museums Wildlife Parks
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The Bowes Museum ©
The Bowes Museum
Wetheriggs Animal Rescue ©
Wetheriggs Animal Rescue
Barnard Castle ©
Barnard Castle

2
nights
Windermere

Windermere ©
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. On the 15th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Windermere, explore the historical opulence of Wray Castle, then have fun and explore at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, and finally shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House, have some family-friendly fun at Treetop Trek, then take some stellar pictures from Orrest Head, and finally get answers to all your questions at Brockhole on Windermere.

Plan trip to Windermere with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Barnard Castle to Windermere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Windermere

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ambleside, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction
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Lake Windermere ©
Lake Windermere
Orrest Head ©
Orrest Head

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