8 days in Lake District Itinerary

8 days in Lake District Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lake District tour itinerary planner

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Penrith
— 3 nights
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Windermere
— 4 nights
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Penrith

— 3 nights
Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. Venture out of the city with trips to Easedale Tarn (in Grasmere), Buttermere Lake (in Buttermere) and Sizergh Castle (in Kendal). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Derwentwater, look for gifts at The Keswick Cheese Deli, see the interesting displays at The Puzzling Place, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Penrith trip tool.

London to Penrith is an approximately 4-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from London, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Penrith, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Windermere.

Things to do in Penrith

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Windermere

— 4 nights
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Venture out of the city with trips to Grasmere (The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop & Wordsworth Daffodil Garden) and Bowness-on-Windermere (Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, &more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Windermere, get to know the fascinating history of Tarn Hows, examine the collection at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Helvellyn.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Windermere day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Penrith to Windermere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Windermere

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

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.