The Lake District is an area, also known as "The Lakes" or "Lakeland" Land of the lakes, which comprises a rural area located in the North East of England, being considered one of the most beautiful places in the whole country.
It's one of the most popular tourist sites for nature lovers in the United Kingdom. Lakes and mountains follow one another in an environment of spectacular landscapes and many other attractions.
Revered by the magazine National Geographic Traveler Magazine which includes it in his list of the 50 places that every traveler must visit at least once in their life.
The central and most visited area is the Lake District National Park, one of the fourteen national parks of the United Kingdom. It is found entirely within the county of Cumbria, being one of the few mountainous regions of England.
How to get to the Lake District
If you drive your own car this region is halfway between Manchester and Glasgow and is easily accessible via the M6 motorway.
There are train stations in the area that connect Lancaster and Oxenholme - Lake District (near Kendal) on the main coastline. There is a line connecting Oxenholme to Kendal and Windermere. The Historic Settle / Carlisle Railway runs through the eastern Lake District with stations at Dent and Garsdale.
The Manchester Airport train connects directly to the heart of the Lake District National Park (Windermere and Barrow-in Furness), running along the Cumbrian coast.
Glasgow, Leeds / Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle offer easy access to the Lake District.
The National Express Rapide from London (Victoria) to Kendal, Ulverston, Ambleside, Barrow and Windermere. For more information National Express. Phone: 08705 808080
Some of the best sites in the Lake District
There are three convenient access points from where you can enjoy walks, views, waterfalls, very beautiful landscapes: Ambleside, Windermere and Coniston.
Lake District - Ambleside
- Stockghyll Falls
Just 10 minutes from the center of Ambleside on an uphill path, you cross a wooden bridge in front of the waterfall.
- Loughrigg Terrace
A delightful 20 minute walk along the River Rothay, through the Rydal Wood, and the panoramas over Grasmere Lake. To access: park in White Moss on the A591 between Ambleside and Grasmere, follow the path along the river, cross the wooden bridge and follow the yellow arrow for 'Loughrigg Terrace 440 yards'.
- Jenkyn’s Crag
A ride from Troutbeck to Ambleside, quickly accessible from Waterhead, selected in 1778 by Thomas West in his "Guide to the English Lakes." Access: Waterhead Hotel entrance off the A591 at the top of Lake Windermere. Parking at the Waterhead car park.
- Skelwith Force and Elterwater
The path between Skelwith Bridge and Elterwater has been rebuilt and allows for an hour and a half to walk past the Skelwith Force waterfalls and along the Elterwater Tarn, with magnificent views of the Langdale Pikes. To access: Park in the National Trust car park, 3.2km from Ambleside near Skelwith Bridge.
- Blea tarn
A beautiful walk located between Great Langdale and Little Langdale, with great mountain views in both directions. It should not be done in bad weather, as it is unsafe. Park at the National Trust car park in Blea Tarn, 7 miles from Ambleside along the top of the Great Langdale end.
Lake District - Windermere
- Windermere Car Ferry
With a 40p ticket (car rate £ 2.50) you enjoy 10 minutes of great views of the lake, Belle Isle and the waterfalls. Access: follow the signs for the A592 ferry at Bowness-on-Windermere. Ample parking near where the ferry docks.
- Orrest Head
Incredible 360º panoramas suddenly appear at the end of a 20 minute walk-up through the forest from Windermere Station. Access: Find a large white sign in front of NatWest Bank on the A591 near Windermere Rail Station and follow the signs.
Lake District - Coniston
- Tarn hows
Beautiful little lake amongst woods with the Coniston Fells and the more distant Langdale Pikes providing perfect scenery. Access: The National Trust car park is well marked from the B5285 between Coniston and Hawkshead, about 2 miles from Coniston.
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