Plan your visit

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

The Lake District National Park is in the northwest corner of England, in the county of Cumbria. We've mountains, valleys, villages, towns, coastline and of course lakes! Check out our Maps page for more details.

What can you do? Can you camp and have fires? Where can you take your paddleboard? Where do you park? Our frequently asked questions are great for first time visitors to the Lake District.

More than 19 million people visit the the National Park each year. If you've never been, here's a guide to the main areas:

Guides to areas of the Lake District

Beginners taster map of the Lake District

1. Explore Coniston Water - surrounded by mountains and woodland

2. Explore Derwentwater and Keswick - the nearest lake to the town of Keswick

3. Explore Grasmere and Rydal - and Rydal Water

4. Explore Langdale Valley - running west of Ambleside

5. Explore Northern Lakes - peaceful and beautiful

6. Explore Ullswater and Glenridding - dramatic views and great walking

7. Explore Wastwater and the West coast - See England's deepest lake and explore the western coastline

8. Explore Windermere and Ambleside - England's largest lake with bustling tourist towns Bowness and Ambleside


Safer Lakes:

Check how busy car parks are across the National Park


Things to do and places to visit

Walking in the Lake District

Get on the water

Things to do

Where to stay in the Lake District

Travel and transport

Find out about getting here and transport, driving and facilities once you've arrived in the Lake District.

Respect. Protect. Enjoy

Tips on how to be a caring visitor to the Lake District, from be prepared, to taking your litter home.

The Countryside Code in the Lake District

Lake District online shop products, coffee cups, water bottles and shopping bags.

Shopping here, supports here

Every penny you spend in our online shop goes back into protecting the Lake District National Park.

From re-usable water bottles and coffee cups, to bags, t-shirts and even Lake District Monopoly, its a great way to take a bit of the Lake District with you everywhere.

Lake District online shop


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