Welcome to LAKE DISTRICT travel guide, the website that tells you everything you need to know about this beautiful north west corner of England, home to the World Heritage sites of the Lake District and Hadrian’s Wall. 

Defined by its lakes, mountains and valleys, the Lake District is undoubtedly the best known part of Cumbria, but other distinct and alluring areas comprise England’s third largest county, such as the Eden Valley, the Anglo-Scottish borderlands, the Solway coast and the Yorkshire Dales.

Romans, Vikings and generations of farmers have all left their mark on Cumbria’s landscape; painters and writers have been inspired by its glory. Poet William Wordsworth - who was born 250 years ago in 2020 - made his home here, and so did authors Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransome and the great Victorian John Ruskin.

Explore this website and you’ll discover a wealth of attractions, great places to eat and drink - there are seven restaurants in Cumbria with Michelin stars - and a huge choice of places to stay. So, welcome to LAKE DISTRICT travel guide. And welcome to Cumbria.


Changing pictures at the top of this page show: Grasmere; Randy Pike, self-catering near Ambleside; the Howgill Fells; the Masons Arms at Cartmel Fell; a Windermere Lake Cruises steamer; Linthwaite House Hotel near Bowness; Coniston Water; tea at The Gaddum Restaurant, Brockhole, Windermere.
Grasmere, Howgills, Masons Arms, Windermere steamer and Coniston Water pictures by Nina Claridge.

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Special offers for winter in Lakeland

Cosy pubs and inns for winter

The North and West Cumbria

Central Lake District

Grasmere Lake District

The South Lake District

Central Lake District

Northern Lake District

The South Lake District

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