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Escape to the shimmering glacial lakes, lush valleys, and deep-green forests of the Lake District! Located in the northwest corner of England, this famous region and national park serves up a scenic feast that has been capturing the hearts of adventurers and romantics for centuries. Tour the landscapes that inspired Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth, discover timeless villages, hike mountains, or take to the water. Tourlane makes it easy to travel in style without the stress—book your flights, transfers, accommodation, and guides all in one place.Start planning your dream Lake District tour now!
Described by Wordsworth as the “loveliest spot that man hath ever found”, the traditional Lake District village of Grasmere is full of history and heritage. Tucked among fells, forests, and tarns with the rugged peak of Helm Crag rising above the town below—Grasmere has all the best of Lakeland (as it’s called by locals) together in one spot. Visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage to see where he wrote some of his most famous poetry, hire a boat, or stroll along the shores of Brackenfell and Alcock tarn. Every tour of Grasmere should include a trip to Grasmere Gingerbread Shop—its world-famous gingerbread has been delighting food lovers since 1854 and it’s the only place in the world you can taste this delicious treat!
Windermere is the largest and most famous glacial lake in England with sparkling waters that stretch out like a mirror for miles. The best way to experience Windemere’s postcard-worthy views is from a boat. Hop on a cruise or rent a kayak for more of a thrill. Stop for a visit in the surrounding idyllic towns of Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere, and Ambleside where you’ll find plenty of great spots to spend the afternoon exploring.
This famous neolithic monument of 38 stones is set against a backdrop of mountains, where its been standing for an estimated 5,000 years. Castlerigg is not only one of the oldest stone circles in England—it’s among the oldest in all of Europe. Stand on a grassy, natural plateau with a superb 360-degree view of some of the highest peaks in Cumbria: Skiddaw, Blencathra, and even the summits of Helvellyn. This magical place will take your breath away—especially in the early morning and evening when the sun brings the mystical shadows of these stones to life.
Weather in Cumbria can be unpredictable, but you can still enjoy yourself on the rainiest of days. The Lake District National Park is also home to many fantastic museums and art galleries where you can easily pass the hours as you wait for the sun to return. You’ll find specialist museums about everything from vintage vehicles to local heritage to Quaker tapestries. Journey back in time at the Ravenglass Railway Museum or stop by a graphite mine replica at the Derwent Pencil Museum, the home of the world’s very first pencil.
Every Beatrix Potter fan should plan a trip to Hill Top during their Lake District vacation. This idyllic 17th-century farmhouse, located on the western shores of Lake Windermere, was the source of inspiration for some of Potter’s best-known work—the house features directly in stories like Samuel Whiskers and Tom Kitten, and you’ll recognize the kitchen garden from Peter Rabbit. Hill Top’s ivy-covered stone walls hold a fascinating collection of her personal belongings and other memorabilia that has been preserved in the same condition as when she lived there.
Enjoy the Lake District from a whole new perspective! For the more adventurous, there’s nothing quite like exploring the dramatic landscapes, remote valleys, and peaceful forests while sitting high up on a horse. Lakeland offers up something for riders of all levels from beginners to experienced riders—enjoy leafy trail treks, hilly climbs, or gallop along the beach with the relaxing sounds of hoofbeats ringing in your ears. Ask your Travel Expert for more information about adding a riding adventure during your vacation to the Lake District! Less
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