7 days in Lake District Itinerary

7 days in Lake District Itinerary

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7 days in Lake District Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Penrith
— Few hours
train:  30​min
2
Kendal
— 2 nights
train:  15​min
3
Windermere
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Bristol

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Penrith

Penrith ©
Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Castlerigg Stone Circle, then take in the dramatic scenery at Aira Force Waterfall, then steep yourself in history at Shap Abbey, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Keld Chapel.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Penrith trip planner .

Bristol to Penrith is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. September in Penrith sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kendal.

Things to do in Penrith

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Castlerigg Stone Circle
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Aira Force Waterfall ©
Aira Force Waterfall
Castlerigg Stone Circle ©
Castlerigg Stone Circle
Shap Abbey ©
Shap Abbey

2
nights
Kendal

Kendal ©
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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): meet the residents at Predator Experience, sample the tasty concoctions at Hawkshead Brewery, and then explore the historical opulence of Sizergh Castle. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Lakeland Motor Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cartmel Priory, and then steep yourself in history at Levens Hall.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kendal road trip website .

Kendal is very close to Penrith. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Windermere.

Things to do in Kendal

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Grange-over-Sands, Lakeland Motor Museum
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Predator Experience ©
Predator Experience
Sizergh Castle ©
Sizergh Castle
Lakeland Motor Museum ©
Lakeland Motor Museum

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nights
Windermere

Windermere ©
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House and Loughrigg Fell. Get outdoors at Lake Windermere and Tarn Hows. Get out of town with these interesting Windermere side-trips: Jesus Church (in Troutbeck), Unsworth’s Yard Brewery (in Cartmel) and Muncaster Castle (in Ravenglass). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Orrest Head, contemplate the long history of Stott Park Bobbin Mill, look for all kinds of wild species at Brockhole on Windermere, and take in nature's colorful creations at Holehird Gardens.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Windermere online route planner .

Windermere is just a short distance from Kendal. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Windermere

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ambleside, Jesus Church, Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Tarn Hows, Unsworth’s Yard Brewery
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Orrest Head ©
Orrest Head
Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House ©
Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House
Muncaster Castle ©
Muncaster Castle

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