9 days in Lake District Itinerary

9 days in Lake District Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lake District trip planner

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Penrith
— 4 nights
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Windermere
— 4 nights
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Penrith

— 4 nights
Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. Change things up with these side-trips from Penrith: Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale), Grasmere (Lake Grasmere & Easedale Tarn) and Sizergh Castle (in Kendal). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Aira Force Waterfall, let the kids burn off some steam at Center Parcs - Whinfell Forest, examine the collection at The Puzzling Place, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Keswick Brewing Company.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Penrith day trip planner.

Leeds to Penrith is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Windermere.

Things to do in Penrith

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 25:

Windermere

— 4 nights
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Change things up with these side-trips from Windermere: Grasmere (The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop & Wordsworth Daffodil Garden) and Bowness-on-Windermere (St Martin's Church, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Windermere, stroll through Tarn Hows, step into the grandiose world of Wray Castle, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Old Man of Coniston.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Windermere trip planner.

You can drive from Penrith to Windermere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Windermere

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 29:

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.