8 days in Lake District Itinerary

8 days in Lake District Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lake District attractions planner

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Windermere
— 4 nights
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Penrith
— 3 nights
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Windermere

— 4 nights
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Change things up with these side-trips from Windermere: Merz Barn (in Elterwater), Kendal Parish Church (in Kendal) and Bowness-on-Windermere (Boat Tours & Water Sports & The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Windermere, tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Man of Coniston, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and hike along Helvellyn.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Windermere journey website.

London to Windermere is an approximately 4-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Penrith.

Things to do in Windermere

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Penrith

— 3 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), Buttermere Lake (in Buttermere) and Easedale Tarn (in Grasmere). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Derwentwater, appreciate the extensive heritage of Aira Force Waterfall, see the interesting displays at The Puzzling Place, and hike along Catbells Lakeland Walk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Penrith itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Windermere to Penrith takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the train 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.