8 days in Lake District Itinerary

8 days in Lake District Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lake District trip planner

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Penrith
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ravenglass
— 1 night
Drive
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Windermere
— 4 nights
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Penrith

— 2 nights
Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. Get out of town with these interesting Penrith side-trips: Cockermouth (Percy House Gallery & J.B.Banks and Son Ltd), Sizergh Castle (in Kendal) and The Lakes Distillery (in Bassenthwaite). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Aira Force Waterfall, hike along Catbells Lakeland Walk, contemplate the long history of Castlerigg Stone Circle, and explore the activities along Derwentwater.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Penrith tour itinerary planning tool.

London to Penrith is an approximately 4-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from London, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Penrith, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ravenglass.

Things to do in Penrith

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Ravenglass

— 1 night
Ravenglass is a small coastal village and natural harbour in Cumbria, England roughly halfway between Barrow-in-Furness and Whitehaven. On the 28th (Mon), cruise along Hard Knott Pass, then delve into the distant past at Hardknott Roman Fort, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Muncaster Castle.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ravenglass day trip site.

Traveling by car from Penrith to Ravenglass takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Windermere.

Things to do in Ravenglass

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Windermere

— 4 nights
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Change things up with these side-trips from Windermere: Bowness-on-Windermere (Boat Tours & Water Sports & The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction), Scafell Pike Mountain (in Seathwaite) and Predator Experience (in Ayside). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Windermere, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, shop like a local with Cookhouse Gallery, and see the interesting displays at Lakeland Motor Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Windermere trip planner.

You can drive from Ravenglass to Windermere in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Windermere

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · 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.