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Lake District – Peak and Moor

Walking – Cycling – Leisure

Welcome

The Lake District and wider Cumbria boast some of the most stunning scenery in England. The area encompasses the Lake District National Park, which is England’s largest National Park, covering over 880 square miles, of mountains, moorland, wooded valleys, rivers and of course lakes (though officially Bassenthwaite Lake is the only lake, the others being ‘meres’ or ‘waters’). The areas mountain landscapes are some of the finest but there is more, if the hills and valleys were not enough Cumbria has a tremendous coastline as well. A must for outdoor activity enthusiasts, followers of the Lakeland Poets and the romantics at heart

These pages are intended to provide information on popular and lesser known area of the Lake District. With information on walking, cycling, other sports and leisure activities

Please enjoy the area but please bear in mind this is the home and workplace of the locals and keep safety in mind when enjoying activities in the mountains or on the sea.

We support the local businesses providing services, leisure activities, accommodation and the very special volunteers of the local Mountain Rescue and RNLI organisations – ordinary people doing extraordinary and life saving voluntary work

Walking

Our Walks page has a number of walks listed with links to get details and maps to download.

Family walks and more challenging routes


Cycling and MTB

Our Cycling and MTB page has ride suggestions and links

Rides for families and more challenging routes

We have also listed some places that do bike hire / ebike hire


For local weather click to see BBC Weather for


Popular destinations

Ambleside – centrally located within the lakes, on the northern end of Windermere it is a pleasant Victorian town of slate built houses, an excellent base for the exploring the area or taking on more energetic activities in the mountains.  No visit is complete without a walk up to Stock Ghyll Force or Loughrigg and enjoying the local restaurants

Carlisle – county town of Cumbria, not within the Lake District National Park but this city has much to offer with history going back to Roman times, the services and retail offer you would expect and close to Hadrian’s Wall, Solway Coast AONB, North Pennines AONB and the Northern Lakes

Cockermouth – A Georgian town known as the gateway to the Western Lake District, the birthplace of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, close to Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater and the Western Coast of Maryport and Whitehaven

Kendal – can’t not mention the Mint Cake, it’s a historic market town complete with ruined castle (home of Katherine Parr) ,riverside walk, cobbled streets and yards – close to the Dales National Park, Windermere and the Southern lakes

Keswick – A traditional market town situated next to Derwentwater it is an excellent base for exploring the Northern Lakes, Whinlatter Forest and the mountains. Lots of outdoor activities available. A couple of must do’s – visit the Castlerigg Stone Circle above the town and take a walk up Catbells on the opposite side of Derwentwater

Ulverston – A traditional market town of the area, with cobbled streets and alleys , central for the Bay Coast area, close to Barrow-in-Furness, Cartmel (and its Cartmel Sticky toffee Pudding), Grange-over-Sands and the Arnside-Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Windermere – Probably the best known and most popular town, at the height of the season it can be busy but don’t be put off. It is a delightful town, excellent restaurants and pubs, plenty of good quality accommodation and within easy reach of the Southern Lakes. Must do’s – take a Ferry from Bowness to Lakeside and then a steam train ride on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway


For those with limited mobility or a disability we suggest the Accessible Countryside for Everyone (ACE) website – they list places with accessibility and have a listing of accessible walks etc – these may also be suitable for families with buggies

Our partners at tourist.me.uk have comprehensive list of Cumbria Tourist Information Centres, with contact details –
The site also provides information on local Visitor Attractions,
Historic and Architectural Properties and Gardens and
Nature and Wildlife Attractions
which we don’t cover on our website


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