8 days in Lake District Itinerary

8 days in Lake District Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lake District planner

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Windermere
— 3 nights
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Penrith
— 4 nights
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Windermere

— 3 nights
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Windermere: Muncaster Castle (in Ravenglass), Jesus Church (in Troutbeck) and Bowness-on-Windermere (St Martin's Church, Herdy, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Windermere, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, see the interesting displays at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House, and get interesting insight from Lake District Sheepdog Experience.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Windermere trip itinerary builder.

Manchester to Windermere is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Penrith.

Things to do in Windermere

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Penrith

— 4 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: Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale) and Buttermere Lake (in Buttermere). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Derwentwater, don't miss a visit to Castlerigg Stone Circle, take in the dramatic scenery at Aira Force Waterfall, and stroll through Catbells Lakeland Walk.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Penrith planner.

You can drive from Windermere to Penrith in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Penrith are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Penrith

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.