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Lake District Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, January 2015

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That classic tourist-industry truism, ‘something for everyone,’ could have been coined with England’s Lake District in mind. A faultless combination of impossibly beautiful scenery, impressive literary history, and endless outdoor adventure opportunities, this popular region will keep you busy no matter what your tastes.

From enormous lakes, sky-scraping mountain passes, ancient townships and stone circles, through to William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter – the attraction-packed Lake District in England’s green northwest is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. But don’t take our word for it: come see for yourself!
Day 1: Too Many Lakes is Never Enough

Obviously, the Lake District is so-called for a reason. Strewn with lakes, mountain tarns and streams, its natural, watery splendor has launched a thousand postcards! England’s largest and longest lake (12 miles/19km) is Windermere. With several picturesque villages and towns along its shores, Windermere is an action-fiend’s dream: take your pick from sailing, swimming, wake-boarding and more. Resting at the foot of England’s highest mountain, Wastwater is arguably the region’s most scenic lake: walking trails allow you to explore its stunning surrounds up close. Visit the ancient township of Keswick and see rare wildlife at Derwent; and revel in the untouched beauty of less visited Bassenthwaite Lake.

Day 2: Literary Journeys

Long beloved by writers and artists, the Lake District’s literary pedigree will satisfy the most demanding bookworm. Grasmere Lake and its environs are William Wordsworth country: the Romantic poet immortalized the area with his lyrical verse and, over a century later, millions of visitors continue to flock to his former home, Dove Cottage. Such is Grasmere’s idyllic beauty, you might be inspired to pen a masterpiece yourself! Beatrix Potter is another Lake District luminary whose enduring legacy attracts travelers from around the world. Rambling the lush countryside around Lake Windermere, you’ll soon understand how she dreamed up timeless favorites like Peter Rabbit and Squirrel Nutkin.
Day 3: Hit the Heights

Lace up those hiking boots – it’s time to discover the wild charms of the Lake District’s mountains. Follow in Roman Emperor Hadrian’s footsteps, traversing dizzying passes, exploring the vast remains of ancient Hardknott Fort, and enjoying fantastic views of Upper Eskdale, Scafell and Scafell Pike, England’s highest peaks. Hitch a ride on the miniature Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, and don’t miss spectacular 14th-century Muncaster Castle. Home to the same family for 800 years, it’s a veritable treasure chest of art and antiques, with internationally acclaimed gardens and, apparently, a gaggle of resident ghosts.

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4-Day Lake District Discovery

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Explore the rugged Lake District on this 4-day experience from Bowness-on-Windermere, including hotel accommodation and two full-day tours. With the charming ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $687.85

Ten Lakes Spectacular to Borrowdale, Buttermere and Beyond from Windermere

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 204 Reviews

This tour covers Ten Lakes, three mountain passes and a lake cruise, a beautiful waterfall, Castlerigg Stone Circle and the ancient township of Keswick for ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.80

Beatrix Potter's Lakeland Tour including a Lake Windermere Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 57 Reviews

Discover the locations that inspired Beatrix Potter on a 4.5-hour Lake District afternoon tour. Embark on a cruise across the majestic Lake Windermere, ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $65.79

3-Day Lake District Discovery

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

Enjoy two nights stay at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel located close to Lake Windermere. This comfortable hotel, formerly owned by Beatrix Potter is set in ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $493.46

The High Adventure - High Mountain Passes Spectacular

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 53 Reviews

Nothing in Britain surpasses the grandeur of Lakeland's central mountains. The route is that fashioned by Emperor Hadrians's Roman legions in the first century ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.80

Private Tour: Lake District Day Trip from Windermere

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover the beauty of the Lake District on this full-day tour, led by an expert driver-guide. Relax in the comfort of your very own private vehicle as you’re ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.15

Lake District Tour from Windermere: Ten Lakes in One Winter Day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

See 10 lakes in one day on a 6.5-hour tour around the idyllic Lake District from Windermere! With an expert local guide, travel by coach around the region to ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $44.86

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