Walks to Inspire

Places to visit and areas of the Lake District National Park

A taste of the lakes

England's largest National Park is a gem of a place to visit. There are breathtaking lakes, soaring mountains - known locally as 'fells', picturesque valleys and even sandy coastline.

Each lake and valley has a distinct character of its own. We would love you to share your experiences, pictures and videos with us through Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Popular regions in the Lake District...

There are many attractions and places to visit in the Lake District, covering a wide area which is just waiting for you to explore!

To make it easier to find the best attractions in the Lake District National Park, we have split them up into the most popular sections. This way you can easily plan out your visit and make the most of your stay.

Windermere from Brant Fell copyright Dave Willis

Explore Windermere and Ambleside

Enjoy the stunning mountain views around England's largest lake, Windermere and the bustling town of Ambleside

Things to do around Windermere
Coniston Boating Centre on Coniston Water

Explore Coniston

Coniston water is the third longest lake in the Lake District. Get onto the water with boat tours, motor boats, rowing boats, kayaks and paddleboards to hire. Its also a great place for walking and hiking, with guided walks to help show you the way.

Things to do around Coniston

Explore Keswick and Derwentwater

Visit Keswick, a bustling market town at the north end of Derwent lake, correctly named Derwentwater. Or explore the quiet valley of Borrowdale at the southern end.

Things to do around Keswick
Houses below Silver How in Grasmere copyright Helen Reynolds

Explore Grasmere and Rydal

Grasmere and Rydal just north of Ambleside, are two of the smaller more peaceful lakes to visit. Grasmere village is full of charm, places to stay and eat and the famous Grasmere gingerbread shop!

Things to do around Grasmere and Rydal
Ullswater Steamers copyright Dave Willis

Explore Ullswater and Glenridding

Surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, Ullswater is a popular starting point for walkers and climbers.

Things to do in Ullswater and Glenridding

Explore the Langdale Valley

Home to a breath-taking valley, countless walking and camping hotspots, the Langdale Valley is a perfect destination for those that love the outdoors.

Things to do in the Langdales
A wooden rowing boat on a lake shore

Things to do in the Northern Lakes

Visit Buttermere, Crummock, Loweswater and Bassenthwaite lakes, the North Lakes is possibly the most peaceful part of the district with many features of historical interest to be explored.

Things to do in the Northern Lakes
A flat bottomed valley with braken and trees on the hillsides

Explore Wastwater

Surrounded by mountains, Red Pike, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Scafell Pike, Wastwater is the deepest and perhaps the most awe-inspiring of all the lakes.

Things to do around Waswater
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