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By Viator, July 2014

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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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Ten Lakes Spectacular to Borrowdale, Buttermere and Beyond

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 142 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 $69.48

4-Day Lake District Discovery

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Enjoy four days in England’s beautiful Lake District! You’ll stay three nights at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, located near Lake Windermere. This ...  Read more

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

From USD $764.25

3-Day Lake District Discovery

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 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 $521.08

Beatrix Potter's Lakeland Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

This tour is the ideal way to explore the favourite places associated with Beatrix Potter. We travel north alongside Lake Windermere to Waterhead where Beatrix ...  Read more

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

From USD $50.37

The High Adventure - High Mountain Passes Spectacular

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 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 $69.48

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 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 $59.06

Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth Tour of the Lake District from Windermere

Combine literary history with poetic scenery on a half-day tour of the Lake District, discovering places that inspired the celebrated children’s author Beatrix ...  Read more

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

From USD $48.63

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