8 days in Lake District, Wasdale Head & St. Bees Itinerary

8 days in Lake District, Wasdale Head & St. Bees Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cumbria route planner

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Ambleside
— 1 night
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Glenridding
— 1 night
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Wasdale Head
— 1 night
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St. Bees
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Buttermere
— 1 night
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Portinscale
— 1 night
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Bassenthwaite
— 1 night
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Windermere
— 1 night
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Ambleside

— 1 night
Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): stop by The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop and then contemplate the long history of Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Go Ape Grizedale, explore the historical opulence of Wray Castle, then see the interesting displays at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, and finally admire the sheer force of Aira Force Waterfall.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ambleside online tour itinerary maker.

London to Ambleside is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Glenridding.

Things to do in Ambleside

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Glenridding

— 1 night
Glenridding is a village at the southern end of Ullswater, in the English Lake District. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Helvellyn, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John's in the Vale, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sheffield Pike.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Glenridding trip tool.

You can drive from Ambleside to Glenridding in an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wasdale Head.

Things to do in Glenridding

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Wasdale Head

— 1 night
Wasdale Head is a scattered agricultural hamlet in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Wast Water and then hike along Scafell Pike Mountain.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Wasdale Head trip builder.

Traveling by car from Glenridding to Wasdale Head takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to St. Bees.

Things to do in Wasdale Head

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

St. Bees

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Bees tour planner.

Drive from Wasdale Head to St. Bees in an hour. On the 28th (Wed), you'll travel to Buttermere.

Things to do in St. Bees

Fun & Games · Nightlife · Parks · Outdoors

Buttermere

— 1 night
Holidays in Buttermere allow you to get away from it all as well as to satisfy your inner adventurer.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the activities along Buttermere Lake, then get the adrenaline pumping with Honister Slate Mine, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Catbells Lakeland Walk.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Buttermere trip site.

Drive from St. Bees to Buttermere in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Portinscale.

Things to do in Buttermere

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Portinscale

— 1 night
Nestled on the western shore of Derwentwater, Portinscale serves as a perfect base for a walking holiday in the English Lake District.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): sample the tasty concoctions at Keswick Brewing Company, see the interesting displays at Derwent Pencil Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Puzzling Place, and finally explore the activities along Derwentwater.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Portinscale trip maker tool.

Portinscale is just a short distance from Buttermere. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bassenthwaite.

Things to do in Portinscale

Nature · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Bassenthwaite

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Lake District Wildlife Park, sample the fine beverages at The Lakes Distillery, and then contemplate the long history of Castlerigg Stone Circle.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bassenthwaite online tour itinerary maker.

Bassenthwaite is just a short distance from Portinscale. In August in Bassenthwaite, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Windermere.

Things to do in Bassenthwaite

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Windermere

— 1 night
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. On the 1st (Sun), explore the activities along Lake Windermere, take in the exciting artwork at Cookhouse Gallery, and then get to know the fascinating history of Orrest Head.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Windermere travel route planner.

Drive from Bassenthwaite to Windermere in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Windermere

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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.

Keswick travel guide

4.3
World heritage site · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Keswick is an English market town and civil parish, historically in Cumberland, and since 1974 in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria. The town, in the Lake District National Park, just north of Derwentwater, and 4mi from Bassenthwaite, had a population of 4,821 at the time of the 2011 census.There is considerable evidence of prehistoric occupation of the Keswick area, but the first recorded mention of the town dates from the 13th century, when Edward I of England granted a charter for Keswick's market, which has maintained a continuous 700-year existence. In Tudor times the town was an important mining area, and from the 18th century onwards it has increasingly been known as a holiday centre; tourism has been its principal industry for more than 150 years. Its features include the Moot Hall; a modern theatre, the Theatre by the Lake; one of Britain's oldest surviving cinemas, the Alhambra; and the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery in the town's largest open space, Fitz Park. Among the town's annual events is the Keswick Convention, an Evangelical gathering attracting visitors from many countries.

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