8 days in Lake District Itinerary

8 days in Lake District Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lake District trip planner
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Penrith
— 3 nights
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Windermere
— 4 nights
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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: The Lakes Distillery (in Bassenthwaite), Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum (in Threlkeld) and Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Derwentwater, stroll around Center Parcs - Whinfell Forest, examine the collection at J.B.Banks and Son Ltd, and stop by Fultons Lakes Jewellery Works.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Penrith tour website.

London to Penrith is an approximately 4-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from London, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Penrith, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Windermere.
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Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Windermere — 4 nights

Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Windermere: Bowness-on-Windermere (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Blackwell - The Arts & Crafts house, &more), The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop (in Grasmere) and Rydal (Rydal Mount & Gardens & Rydal Cave). There's much more to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, examine the collection at Lakeland Motor Museum, steep yourself in history at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House, and admire the natural beauty at Holehird Gardens.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Windermere trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Penrith to Windermere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the train back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips

Lake District travel guide

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World heritage site · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
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.
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