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How to Spend 3 Days in the Lake District

How to Spend 3 Days in the Lake District

With three days in the Lake District, a vast national park that covers much of England’s county of Cumbria, you can enjoy its crystal-clear lakes, craggy mountains, outdoor activities, stone-built villages, and literary heritage to the full. Here are a few ways to spend your 72 hours in this stunning region.

Day 1: Get an Overview

For a hassle-free introduction to the Lake District’s widely dispersed attractions, take a full- or half-day group or private overview tour. Choose a 10-lake foray into green valleys, high passes, and villages, seeing lakes such as Grasmere and Buttermere and highlights such as pretty Ambleside and Keswick. Prefer your three days planned out? Departing from Windermere, London, and Edinburgh, 3-day Lake District tours cover all the highlights. Alternatively, Beatrix Potter fans can choose a 3-day package focused on the life of the author and botanist, exploring Hill Top farmhouse, where she wrote books such asThe Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck.

Day 2: Delve Deeper

Day two is prime for in-depth exploration. Perhaps fix on a particular area such as the sometimes-overlooked Western Lakes, riding the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway and visiting the reputedly haunted Muncaster Castle. Or, make tracks for the South Lakes to admire Lake Coniston and the craggy Langdale Valley. Hikers, meanwhile, might relish the chance to summit Scafell Pike—England’s highest peak. If you haven’t already explored Beatrix Potter’s legacy, take an afternoon tour her former home and other places she frequented, such as Esthwaite Water. Or, explore the William Wordsworth country of Grasmere, where the English poet spent much of his life. Peeking into Dove Cottage, where he lived with his sister, Dorothy, and visit his later home of Rydal House.  

Day 3: Day Trips and Pursuits

Spend your last day exploring outside the Lakes. In neighboring Yorkshire Dales National Park, wind through limestone valleys and emerald pastures and visit villages such as Wensleydale, famed for its cheese, and Bolton Castle, where Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned. Alternatively, journey north to what was Roman Britain’s frontier—Hadrian’s Wall. Outdoor enthusiasts may prefer to climb a fell stream on a gill (stream) scramble or take a cruise on Ullswater, the region’s second-largest lake. This evening, enjoy dinner at one of the Lake District’s historical restaurants or inns, recalling your adventures over regional culinary delights.

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3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Experience the rugged beauty of England’s Lake District on 3-day small-group trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a comfortable coach, wind through the picturesque borderlands into England, visiting the Victorian Spa town of Moffat en route. Then cozy up in the town of Keswick, and spend three days relaxing and visiting idyllic lakes like Lake Windermere, Grasmere, and Ullswater.
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  • 3 days
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Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District

Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District

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Experience some of the highlights of the Lake District National Park on this full-day Ten Lakes Spectacular small-group tour from Windermere. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan with an expert guide, explore the beauty spots and villages of central Lakeland as you learn about its history. Ascend high mountain passes, visit a waterfall and see ten of the most beautiful lakes, including Buttermere and Thirlmere. Discover Borrowdale and quaint villages such as Grasmere; visit Castlerigg Stone Circle; and enjoy free time for lunch in the market town of Keswick.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$71.25
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The Romans and Hadrian's Wall Day Tour from Windermere

The Romans and Hadrian's Wall Day Tour from Windermere

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Spend a day at Hadrian’s Wall, a site that was once the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. With a guide, you’ll travel north from Windermere, through the Lake District towards the region known as the Debateable Lands. After a stop at Lanercost Priory, you’ll spend most of your day at Hadrian’s Wall, discovering the ruins and beauty spots that abound. A stop at the Roman Army Museum and a visit to the Vindolanda fort is also included.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Beatrix Potter: Afternoon Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

Beatrix Potter: Afternoon Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

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Without a rental car, rounding up the Lake District spots beloved by Beatrix Potter in a half-day is near-impossible. Ideal for time-crunched visitors, this small-group tour from Windermere, Bowness, and Ambleside visits many such places in a few hours. Explore Beatrix’s Hill Top home, see Esthwaite Lake where she fished, visit Hawkshead, and learn detail about her life and characters via the onboard commentary that you might never otherwise hear.
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  • 4 hours
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3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from London

3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from London

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Discover the best of British history and nature on a 3-day small-group tour to the Lake District. Round-trip train fare from London, all ground transportation, and provided accommodation ensure that your adventure is comfortable and stress-free. The well-rounded itinerary is perfect for travelers who want to take advantage of every moment in the rural paradise. See Ullswater Lake, Kirkstone Pass, Wordsworth's Dove Cottage, and much more.
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  • 3 days
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Ghyll Scrambling Water Adventure in the Lake District

Ghyll Scrambling Water Adventure in the Lake District

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Immerse yourself in the wild scenery of the Lake District—and try out an outdoor activity that’s unique to the area—on this adventurous tour. Ghyll scrambling involves donning a wetsuit, helmet, and other equipment, and climbing, sliding down, and hopping from pool to pool in the Lake District’s ghylls, or mountain streams. For this small-group activity, choose from morning or afternoon departure times—and prepare to get wet.
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  • 3 hours
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The Yorkshire Dales Tour from Windermere

The Yorkshire Dales Tour from Windermere

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Discover the dramatic limestone valleys and emerald countryside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park on an 8-hour tour from Windermere. Travel with ease from the Lake District and visit the quaint towns of Hardraw and Wensleydale, famed for its cheese, and Bolton Castle, in which Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. See, too, Aysgarth Falls and the lovely English village of Dent.
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  • 8 hours
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