Looking south from Coniston Boating Centre's jetty copyright Paul Reynolds

Visiting the Lake District

Visiting the Lake District is one of the most popular holiday choices for people around the UK and further afield. Our Lake District National Park has a wide range of activities and attractions and natural beauty. However you like to unwind and enjoy the space, from walking and cycling, to boating or paddleboarding, we've something for everyone in the Lake District. In the winter, you can head to the mountains and join our fell top assessors on winter skills courses. With 12 of the largest lakes in England and 3,105km of rights of way, this truly is one of Britain's best breathing spaces.

Looking south from Coniston Boating Centre's jetty copyright Paul Reynolds

Places to go

Our guide to main lakes, towns and villages across the Lake District, from vibrant Windermere and Ambleside to beautiful Langdale valley. Places to go

Cottage near Coniston - copyright Charlie Hedley

Where to stay

Book accommodation from cosy holiday cottages to luxury hotels. Where to stay

Walker taking in the Kentmere valley view copyright Helen Reynolds

Things to do

Picnics or paddleboarding, hiking or history, boating or cycling, star gazing or swimming, we've things to do for everyone in the Lake District. Things to do

FAmily looking out and admiring the sunning landscape over Ullswater

Plan your visit

Plan your visit, from getting around, to park and ride/sail. Be Lake District Kind.

Wheelchair users from Calvert Trust copyright Charlie Hedley

Access for all

Accessible walking routes, accessible accommodation search and activity centres for people of all ages with additional mobility needs. Accessible for all

Townend Farmhouse with a traditional kitchen garden in full bloom

Historical sites, houses, gardens

From stone circles and working bobbin mills, to stately homes with lakeshore gardens, the Lake District has a rich history and inspiring landscape. Historical sites

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