8 days in Lake District Itinerary

8 days in Lake District Itinerary

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Windermere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Portinscale
— 3 nights
Drive

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Windermere

— 4 nights
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Family-friendly places like Lake Windermere and Boat Tours & Water Sports will thrill your kids. Explore Windermere's surroundings by going to Bowness-on-Windermere (The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Herdy, &more), Penrith (Center Parcs - Whinfell Forest, Aira Force Waterfall, &more) and St Lawrences Church (in Crosby Ravensworth). There's lots more to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get to know the fascinating history of Orrest Head, contemplate the waterfront views at Newby Bridge Weir, and steep yourself in history at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Windermere itinerary planning website.

London to Windermere is an approximately 4-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Portinscale.

Things to do in Windermere

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Portinscale

— 3 nights
Nestled on the western shore of Derwentwater, Portinscale serves as a perfect base for a walking holiday in the English Lake District.
Bring the kids along to Derwentwater and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Go for a jaunt from Portinscale to Ravenglass to see Muncaster Castle about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Catbells Lakeland Walk, examine the collection at Derwent Pencil Museum, take some stellar pictures from Alpacaly Ever After, and take in the views from Ashness Bridge.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Portinscale online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Windermere to Portinscale takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Portinscale are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Portinscale

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

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.