8 days in Lake District Itinerary

8 days in Lake District Itinerary

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Coniston — 1 night

Coniston is a village and civil parish in the Furness region of Cumbria, England. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Lakes Safari Zoo and then see the interesting displays at Lakeland Motor Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Tarn Hows and then take in the awesome beauty at Old Man of Coniston.

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Manchester to Coniston is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Windermere.
Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Windermere — 1 night

Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Orrest Head, then get a dose of the wild on Lake District Sheepdog Experience, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Windermere.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Windermere road trip planner.

Windermere is very close to Coniston. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ambleside.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours
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Ambleside — 2 nights

Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Lake Grasmere, then look for gifts at The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, and then admire the natural beauty at Wordsworth Daffodil Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, have fun and explore at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, and then admire the natural beauty at Rydal Mount & Gardens.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ambleside travel itinerary planner.

Ambleside is just a short distance from Windermere. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Penrith.
Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips

Penrith — 3 nights

Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. Get out of town with these interesting Penrith side-trips: Falconry Days (in Hexham) and The Lakes Distillery (in Bassenthwaite). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Derwentwater, enjoy some diversion at Center Parcs - Whinfell Forest, and admire the sheer force of Aira Force Waterfall.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Penrith day trip planning app.

You can drive from Ambleside to Penrith in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Penrith, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries
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Lake District travel guide

World heritage site · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
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.