Cottage in Eskdale copyright Nick Thorne
Cottage in Eskdale

Moving to the Lake District

The beautiful Lake District National Park is within the county of Cumbria. Villages and towns in the National Park include:

  • Ambleside
  • Broughton-in-Furness
  • Coniston
  • Grasmere
  • Hawkshead
  • Keswick
  • Windermere

Cumbrian towns outside of the National Park include:

  • Barrow-in-Furness
  • Carlisle
  • Cockermouth
  • Grange-over-Sands
  • Kendal
  • Lancaster
  • Maryport
  • Millom
  • Penrith
  • Ulverston
  • Whitehaven
  • Workington

Check out our Maps web page for more details.

Housing

House prices within the National Park are more expensive then other areas of Cumbria due to market forces.

The following links to websites are offered in good faith. The Lake District National Park Authority has no control over the content of the sites and no endorsement of any of the products or services contained on the sites is implied.

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Estate agents

Schooling

You can find out the names of the many schools in the area in UpMyStreet and read reports on the schools by Ofsted (both links open in new window).

Public transport in the Lake District

Trains

The West Coast mainline runs to the east of the Lake District, connecting Oxenholme, Penrith and Carlisle with London and Glasgow. A direct train runs from Manchester to Windermere. Local trains call at Kendal, Staveley and Windermere. There is also a route following the Cumbrian coastline.

Buses

Towns and villages such as Ambleside, Windermere, Coniston and Keswick are linked by bus, with extra services in the summer. Find out more at: GoLakes Travel - buses (opens in new window)

Minibus tours and bus explorer tickets

There are many companies offering you the chance to sit back and watch the scenery. Take a look at our Minibus tours and bus explorer tickets page.

Steamers and launch trips

Taking a cruise is a great way to experience the beautiful Lake District views. Our on the water section has more details.

Public transport - useful links

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By car

Map of the UK showing where the Lake District National Park is located

The average journey time from London and the south east is about five hours. It takes about one and half hour from Manchester and two hours from York.

The M6 runs to the east of the Lake District National Park:

  • Take Junction 36 and then A590 for the southern end of the Lake District
  • Take Junction 40 and the A66 or A592 for the northern end of the Lake District

If you're using satellite navigation, check out our Postcodes for Sat Nav page.

Even A roads can be quite twisting so allow extra time for your journey and for finding a space in Car parks in high season. Example journey times are:

  • Kendal to Keswick: one hour
  • Windermere to Keswick: 40 minutes
  • Kendal to Wasdale: one and a half hours

Hardknott Pass and Wrynose Pass between Eskdale and the Langdales have gradients of 1 in 3 and Honister Pass between Borrowdale and Buttermere is 1 in 4, making them some of the steepest roads in England!

Travelling by car - useful links

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National organisations

Grants

Local organisations and projects

Local businesses

Local communities

  • Crake - communities between Coniston and Ulverston
  • Threlkeld - village four miles east of Keswick

Local councils

Local parish councils

Local media