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Destination: Lake District Tours

Lakes
Description: Stunning mountain and lake region with history and glorious views
Region: North West England
Pronounced:layk dis-trict
Time to spend here: 1 - 3 days
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Lake District, North West England
Lake DistrictThe English Lake District

This beautiful national park combines soaring mountains, plunging waterfalls and serene lakes with character filled charming villages creating a landscape which has inspired poets, writers and artists for years.  It’s a walkers paradise with a never ending supply of mountain walking with stunning views around every corner.  

At the heart of South Lakeland is Windermere, England's longest lake, a real hive of activity and a paradise for watersports enthusiasts.  Keswick is the main centre in the north of the park. Nestled on the shores of Derwentwater, at the foot of the imposing Mount Skiddaw, there are a wide array of shops, restaurants and galleries in the town, and a plethora of walks and water based activities to be done nearby.


Local Activities
Windermere Lake Cruise
Windermere Lake Cruise, Lake District
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WindermereLake Cruises can take you the whole length of England's largest Lake. Stunning views across the hills and valleys will take your breath away and the lake cruise often proves to be one of our most popular attractions.
Full day Lakes Tour
Full day Lake District Tour
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WindermereWhether or not you have a vehicle available, we highly recommend a full day tour of the Lake District on a minibus vehicle. These fully guided tours provide fascinating local insight and allow you to see the best views of all the lakes that you may otherwise have missed.
Ullswater Steamers
Ullswater Steamers
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WindermereThe Ullswater Steamers create the perfect opportunity to combinea cruise with some of the most famous and spectacular walks in the Lake District.  You can take the boat from Glenridding to Howtown and take in views of the Lake District’s 3rd highest mountain – Helvellyn and then walk back from Howtown on a relatively easy 7 mile walk alongside the lake. Next to the Lake is the picturesque Aira Force possibly the most famous of the Lake District waterfalls, provides a glimpse of a landscaped Victorian park with dramatic falls, arboretum and scenery.
Beatrix Potter
Beatrix Potter Museum
Beatrix Potter Museum, Lake District
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WindermereIn the town of Bowness halfway up the lake, attractions include the Beatrix Potter Museum - A magical indoor attraction that brings to life all 23 Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit tales.
Beatrix Potter Gallery
Beatrix Potter Gallery, Lake District
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WindermereAcross the lake lies the picturesque Lakeland village of Hawkshead with its cobbled streets and whitewashed cottages. Here the Beatrix Potter gallery has a fascinating exhibition on the life of children's author Beatrix Potter, including original illustrations for her books. From Hawkshead you can visit the delightful Tarn Hows nestled in the hills.  
Hill Top Farm
Hill Top Farm, Lake District
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WindermereHill Top Farm is the famous little home that Beatrix bought for herself as she moved from London to the Lake district. Here she wrote and painted many of her most famous and lovable characters. The Farm has been well preserved and really brings to life the story of Miss Potter.
What can I see in the area?
Grasmere
grasmere, Lake District
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WindermereFurther north Grasmere is the birthplace of Wordsworth. His home Dove Cottage is open to the public and an exhibition displays his manuscripts and memorabilia.   You can taste the best gingerbread in the world at The Grasmere Gingerbread shop. From Grasmere you can walk to Alcock Tarn or Eskdale Tarn.
Keswick
Keswick, Lake District
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WindermereDerwentwater is tranquil & beautiful. You can take out a rowing boat on the lake or even a trip on one of the ferries for a circular tour of the lake or you can walk part or all of the way round. For the best views of the area then Catbells has to be one of the best walks in the Lake District with beautiful views of Derwent Water and the Borrowdale valley. For a more strenuous walk you can climb the mountains of Skiddaw, Helvellyn and Scafell – England’s highest moutain. 

If the weather turns bad, Keswick’s indoor attractions include The Puzzling Place, which is an exhibition based on optical illusion, where you can witness balls rolling up hill and more. 
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
CADW Pass
English Heritage Pass

English Heritage pass
CADW Pass
National Trust Pass

National Trust Pass
This is a great base for exploring:
Lake Country, North Yorkshire, Hadrian's Wall, Lancaster
Transport options in this area: Windermere can be reached by train and day tours of the lakes run from here so a vehicle is useful but not vital.
Did you know: Houses and farms used to be treated with red lead and then limewashed, to keep out the damp. Many of today’s homeowners have continued this look by painting their houses white.
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A sort of national property in which every man has a right and interest who has an eye to perceive and a heart to enjoy".

Wordsworth
Lancaster Lancaster Glasgow Glasgow
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