The Lake District enchanted literary giants like Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth, and we bet it’ll steal your heart, too.
When it comes to the beautiful English countryside, the UNESCO World Heritage Lake District is the cream of the crop. Set in the mountainous region of Cumbria, you’ll find some of the UK's most spellbinding scenery with glacial valleys, glimmering blue lakes, rippling rivers, lofty peaks and little villages that look like they belong on a postcard. Whether you want to immerse yourself in the great outdoors on a cycling tour or follow in the footsteps of world-famous poets, adventure awaits. Our guides will help you discover what makes this neck of the woods so special, as well as some hidden gems only known by locals. From hiking up England's highest peaks and exploring quirky museums, to wild swimming in stunning lakes and sampling craft beers in local breweries, the Lake District surely deserves a place on your UK travel bucket list.
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The Lake District is nicely tucked away in a remote part of the UK while still being well connected with major cities including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow. If you’re travelling from outside of the UK, there are a number of international airports within 90 minutes of the Lake District by road or rail. If you're not driving, you can jump on the West Coast Mainline train that runs from London to Glasgow and stop at Oxenholme, or take a direct train from Manchester to Windemere on the Northern Rail. You can also travel by coach with the National Express from various destinations in the UK including London and Manchester.
The Lake District is in the North West of England. The closest cities are Manchester and York. If you are travelling by air, the closest airports are Manchester and Glasgow. You can catch a train to Oxenholme, Penrith or Carlisle on the West Coast mainline that runs east of the Lake District from London to Glasgow. There is also a direct train from Machester to Windemere and a route that follows the Cumbrian coast. If you’re driving, you can take the M6 to the east side of the Lake District National Park.
British weather means the Lake District is pretty wet throughout the year. Even in the warmer months, you’re likely to experience the occasional shower. That said, the summer months between June and September when the days are drier, warmer and longer. June and July are probably the best for exploring the walking trails and getting out on the lakes. Good weather also draws in tourists so it does get pretty busy around this time of year.
Whatever activities you plan on doing in the Lake District, make sure you bring a sturdy pair of shoes, a fleece or jumper, a waterproof jacket, t-shirts, long-sleeved tops and trousers. If you’re going in the winter, make sure you pack a warm winter coat, a woolly hat, gloves and a scarf. Hikers should pack long waterproof layers and a solid pair of hiking boots as it gets pretty chilly as you ascend the peaks.
You can get mobile phone coverage in the towns, villages and tourist hubs, but expect your coverage to be patchy when you’re in more remote areas and on trails at higher elevations.
Cumbria Tourism strives to make the Lake District accessible for all. There are 48 easy-access routes across the national park suitable for travellers with limited mobility, wheelchairs and pushchairs. The information centres are also accessible and the staff are available to advise on accessible facilities. Learn more about accessibility in the Lake District.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary.