Lake District - Haweswater Panorama | © Original Jessica Howe, ALPS ALPINE EUROPE GmbH

The Lake District

Breathtaking landscapes and vast areas of natural beauty

Exploring The Lakes

A beautiful National Park in the northern region of Cumbria, England. A popular holiday destination that draws visitors with its scenic lakes, tarns and dramatic fells. 

As England’s largest National Park, covering 2362 KM2, the Lake District is home to many incredible sights and locations including the deepest lake in England, the highest peak in England, the UK’s largest natural lake and many more phenomena.

When entering the Lake District (also known as ‘the Lakes’), you notice instantly the difference in your surroundings, from the vibrant shades of foliage, to the rolling peaks (fells), dense forestry and the numerous lakes and tarns.

Travelling through the Lakes you'll come across a well known Herdwick sheep or two at every corner, often roaming free across the roads. As well as Herdwick's you may be lucky enough to see Highland Cows, the illusive Red Squirrels and of a night, perhaps even a Deer. 

Although full of small winding country roads the Lake District remains accessible to motorhomes with both passing places and larger roads running the depth of the National Park.

Lake District - green fields mountains | © Original Jessica Howe, ALPS ALPINE EUROPE GmbH
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Lake District - Herdwick | © Original Jessica Howe, ALPS ALPINE EUROPE GmbH
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Grasmere sunburst | © Harry Johnson Photography
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Touring the Lake District opens your eyes to experience ...


  • ...  The natural beauty in England
  • ...  Hiking among breath-taking views
  • ...  Idyllic Lakeland villages
  • ...  Historical sites and information


With a multitude of Lakes to swim in, an abundance of trails to hike and many exciting attractions to visit, the Lake District has something for everyone, from the youngest to the oldest members of your family, as well as plenty to explore  for your four-legged family members.

This area of England is popular with all age groups due to its variety of different offerings, all available for you to explore for as little or as long a time as you’d like to spend, from a weekend away to a week or two.

Lake District - Coniston | © Original Jessica Howe, ALPS ALPINE EUROPE GmbH
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Lake District - dog | © Original Jessica Howe, ALPS ALPINE EUROPE GmbH
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Lake District - Crosslands walking sign | © Original Jessica Howe, ALPS ALPINE EUROPE GmbH
Hiking through the Fells

Walking is one of the most popular reasons to visit the Lake District, with a variety of terrain to choose from there are multiple walks to explore during your holiday. Many walks within the Lakes incorporate at least one Traditional English Pub along the route, allowing for you to pause, have a snack, lunch, coffee, or perhaps something stronger whilst surrounded by the fells you’ve just conquered.

Below are a variety of walks you could consider when visiting the Lakes, each including something different that you don’t want to miss. Including Rydal Water, Tarn HowsGowbarrow Fell & Aira Force, Haweswater, Low and High DamLoweswater & Holme Wood and Whinlatter Forest.

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7 Walking Routes Not To Miss:

Rydal Water (2 – 4 Miles Approx.)
With various walking routes and numerous parking options Rydal Water is extremely popular. There is a basic walk following the path around the lake, an extended walk that ventures onto the opposite side of the road and past Rydal Hall and a third option that includes a small incline to the Rydal Caves. Rydal Water is a great place for the family to picnic and swim in the summer.
Tarn Hows (1 – 2 Miles Approx.)
An iconic man-made beauty spot with a circular paved walk accessible for all. Owned and maintained by The National Trust, Tarn Hows is popular spot with visitors and has a large car park to accommodate.
Gowbarrow Fell & Aira Force, Nr Ullswater (4 Miles Approx.)
Aira Force is one of the most well-known waterfalls in the Lake District, with bridges over the water providing spectacular view points there are many photo opportunities. A short, but steep, upward climb to the summit of the waterfall is rewarded instantly with an incredible view of Aira Force. To lengthen your time at Aira Force follow the paths to the right of Aira Force and climb Gowbarrow Fell to take in the breath-taking views of Ullswater, before continuing your walk and returning to Aira Force.
Haweswater, Mardale Head & Small Water (2 – 4.5 Miles Appox.)
Starting from the car park at Mardale Head follow the path on the right, and ascend past the stream and waterfalls, continuing until you reach Small Water. Along the route you will see incredible views of both Haweswater and High Street (fell). You can either return following the same route, or lengthen your walk by continuing to following the route from Small Water, until reaching a cross roads in the path, take the left path, follow this path and continuing to choose the left turn at each fork, this will return you to Mardale Head.
Low and High Dam, Finsthwaite (2 Miles Appox.)
Shortly after driving north through Finsthwaite you will come across a left turn, follow this until you reach a car park. Exit the carpark on foot and turn right, follow this path past Low Dam and continue onto High Dam, follow the path round the entirety of the dam before returning to the car park. If you'd like to make this walk longer, it is possible to walk to High Dam from Crosslands on the other side of High Dam following a public foot path.  
Loweswater & Holme Wood Circular Walk (2.5 - 3.6 Miles Approx.)
At the northernmost point of Loweswater, just before Grange Country House, you will find a layby styled parking area with a telephone box. Just after this is a footpath to the left-over fields, follow this path and turn left when joining the road, continue past the houses and follow the walled path along the fields, through into Holme Wood. Here you can either return through the woods, turning right at the small stone hut, or extend your walk and follow the path on to Loweswater car park and join the main road, turn left and follow the road until reaching your starting point.
Whinlatter Forest (Varied Lengths)
A World Heritage Site home to 9 walking routes, 3 cycling routes, various activities, play areas, stunning views across a variety of lakes and much more. Choose the walking route best suited to you from the various information boards with trail routes or plan in advance via their website. Ample parking is available.
The Lake District 

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Lakeside Haverthwaite railway | © Original Jessica Howe, ALPS ALPINE EUROPE GmbH
Lake District Attractions & Activities

Although walking is a massive draw to the Lake District there are many other experiences available that will complete your holiday. With the Lake District being rich in history and culture, as well as it’s stunning views, there are many museums and places of interest that are not to be missed. Below is a selection of visitor attractions and activities that you may want to explore. Including Hill Top HouseGo Ape WhinlatterStott Park Bobbin MillWindemere Lake CruisesUllswater SteamersThe World of Beatrix Potter AttractionLakeland Motor Museum and The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway.

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8 Attraction Highlights Not To Miss

Hill Top House, Near Sawrey
Beatrix Potter's 17th-century farmhouse; once home to the famous children’s author and illustrator.
Go Ape Whinlatter, Whinlatter Forest
A variety of adventurous activities; from tree top rope courses to off road Segway's.
Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Finsthwaite
An English Heritage site with tours and an exhibition of the story of Bobbin Mill.
Windemere Lake Cruises, Windermere
With a variety of routes available, explore the whole, or part, of Windemere Lake by boat.
Ullswater Steamers, Ullswater
With a variety of different piers take a cruise across Ullswater from 20 – 120 minutes.
The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Windermere
An interactive museum sharing the story of Beatrix Potter, her work, and her impact on the Lake District.
Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow
With over 30, 000 exhibits from cycles to motorbikes, motor cars and automobilia, there is so much to be explored.
The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
A ride through the countryside of the Lakes in a traditional Steam Engine Train, with stunning views from your carriage windows.
Exploring The Lakes, 

Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm

Throstle Garth packhorse bridge | © John Hodgson
  • John Hodgson
Throstle Garth packhorse bridge

Overnight Locations

There is so much to explore in the Lake District, you will find something to discover new every day; but before you do, finding your base in the Lake District is important. With so many to choose from we’ve highlighted a few for you to consider.

Hawkshead Hall Campsite

Set on a working farm of 100 acres this campsite is on the edge of Hawkshead village and in the heart of The Lakes. Surrounded by outstanding views, walks and wildlife Hawkshead Campsite offers camping and touring caravan pitches with or without electric hook up.

Gillside Camping and Caravan Park Ullswater

This site is set next to a farm, able to supply you with fresh milk and eggs, as well as breakfast van during the weekends. At the foot of Helvellyn by Glenridding this site provide scenic views all around. Set on the edge of Glenridding, meaning shops, pubs and Ullswater are a short walk away.

Gill Head Farm

This family run campsite is located at a working farm, they offer both grass and hard-standing pitches, each with electric hook-ups. There is an onsite shop, shower & toilet block, and laundry facilities available. This site is surrounded by the beautiful northern fells of The Lakes.

Hill of Oaks Lodge & Caravan Park

Located close to Windermere Lake Hill of Oaks has an accessible toilet and shower block, washing up and laundry areas, and a recycling point all on site. Additionally, there is a Bistro and a Farm Shop for you to utilise. All pitches are hard standing and have an electric/TV hook up, some pitches also have a water hook-up with grey waste drainage.

Lake District Motorhome and Campervan Route

Selected Camping Sites