Fast Facts

  • Location: Located in the Cumbria County in the northwest of England.
  • Attraction Type: National Park.
  • Significance: It is the home to the highest mountains and deepest lakes of England. Several lakes, options for adventure activities and the natural beauty of the park are what it is known for.
  • Best time to Visit: It can be visited throughout the year, but the best is between May and September.
  • Visiting Hours: During the daytime.
  • How to Reach: You can reach Windermere station, located close to the Southern Lakes, through West Coast mainline. Trains are available from places like Oxenholme, Penrith, Carlisle, London, and Glasgow. There are also bus services through which you can reach the villages like Ambleside, Windermere, Coniston, and Keswick.
  • Nearest Airport: Blackpool International Airport (BLK).

A national park which is home to the highest mountains and deepest lakes of England, a national park which is the land for a range of thrilling activities, and a national park that offers a host of breathtaking panoramas — Lake District National Park is truly a traveler’s delight in its every sense. You can walk, ride on a cycle or go for trekking, canoeing, sailing or fishing — a visit to Lake District National Park is surely going to be an unforgettable experience for you.

Located in Cumbria County in the northwest of England, Lake District National Park is the largest national park in England with an area of 885 square miles. Besides providing arguably the best panoramic views in the country, Lake District National Park also has rich archeology, distinct settlement character and celebrated social and cultural roots that have made this national park a unique one. As the name suggests, Lake District National Park has plenty of lakes which are the biggest attractions in the park. Besides these, as the park also has several mountains, it is also a popular destination for the mountain lovers who often go for trekking and hiking here. Lake District National Park also has, within its area, 275 scheduled monuments, over 2,000 listed buildings and structures, 21 conservation areas and 9 registered parks and gardens.

Things to Do

Lakes are one of the biggest attractions of Lake District National Park. There are plenty of lakes that one can find here. The well-known lakes of this national park include Buttermere, Coniston Water, Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite Lake, Haweswater Reservoir, and Ullswater. Besides these, there are also Elterwater, Esthwaite, Ennerdale Water, Grasmere, Loweswater, Rydal Water, Thirlmere, Wast Water — the deepest lake of England and Windermere — the largest lake of England.

Though lakes act as a major attraction to the Lake District National Park, its appeal is not limited to those only. You have several other activities to do here. Go for walking, cycling, climbing, canoeing, or else you can also go for bird watching, fishing or horse riding.

Coniston Boating Centre: This is the place where you can hire a boat 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and go boating. There are several types of boats available here which include electric self-drive boat, rowing boat, and sailing dinghy. You can also go for canoeing and kayaking here.

Lake District Visitor Centre: Also visit the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole. It is the place where you will find wonderful gardens, adventure playground, exhibitions, etc.

Whistlestop Tour: Whistlestop tour is a popular tour for tourists, especially for those who are visiting the park for the first time. This tour covers the attractions like Derwentwater, Thirlmere, Ullswater, Grasmere, Windermere, Coniston Water, Langdale Valley, Wastwater, Northern Lakes and Bassenthwaite.


There are plenty of options for accommodation in the Lake District. You have cozy hotels, homely self-catering establishments or wonderful bed and breakfast places. Some of the accommodation options in Lake District are given below:

Hillsdale Ambleside
Church Street, Ambleside
Cumbria, LA22 0BT
Tel: +44-15394-33174

Norwood House
Church Street, Ambleside
Cjumbria, LA22 0BT
Tel: +44-15394-33349
Fax: +44-15394-34938

Hillthwaite House
Thornbarrow Road, Windermere
Cumbria, LA23 2DF
Tel: +44-15394-43636
Fax: +44-15394-88660

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