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Welcome to Lake District

With its tumbling green hills and glittering lakes, it’s easy to see why the Lake District stimulated the imagination of Romantic poet William Wordsworth in the 19th century. England’s largest national park offers an abundance of outdoor tours: Cruise on Lake Windermere, visit the birthplace of legendary English author Beatrix Potter, or hike to the craggy summits of Scafell Pike Mountain and Skiddaw. In the historic villages that pepper the park’s perimeter, literary museums and English pubs abound. Near the market town of Keswick, the Castlerigg Stone Circle emanates mystery and dates back to 3,000 BC. And the quaint villages of Grasmere and Ambleside are perfect places to roam aimlessly. Travelers short on time can cover 10 of the Lake District National Park’s lakes in one day on a sightseeing tour, while visitors enjoying longer stays can opt for multi-day packages that also cover the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Wrynose Pass, and Hardknott Roman Fort. Don’t be deceived by the Lake District’s tranquil atmosphere: Thrill seekers can get their adrenaline fix during Ghyll Scrambling, which involves sliding and jumping your way down a fast-flowing river. The close proximity of the UNESCO-listed Hadrian’s Wall and Vindola serve to broaden the knowledge of history buffs. After inhaling lungfuls of Lakeland’s unspoiled air, you’re bound to feel renewed and connected to England’s natural landscapes.

Top 15 things to do in Lake District

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Ullswater

Ullswater

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With an area of 3.5 square miles (9 square kilometers), Ullswater is England’s second largest lake and one of its most beautiful, thanks to its zigzag shape and stunning setting. The area surrounding the lake is also famous for inspiring Wordsworth’s poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” sometimes also called “Daffodils.”More
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Castlerigg Stone Circle

Castlerigg Stone Circle

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Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of Britain’s most impressive examples of Neolithic stone circles, dating back some 5,000 years and predating Stonehenge. Add to that the majestic backdrop of Skiddaw, Blencathra, and other mountains, and you can see why this site has drawn admirers for millennia.More
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Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House

Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House

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Children’s author Beatrix Potter lived in the 17th-century Hill Top farmhouse for most of her life, and bequeathed it to the National Trust on the condition that it was left “as if I had just gone out and they had just missed me.” The farm was a huge source of inspiration for Potter, who based many of her much-loved books here.More
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Bassenthwaite Lake

Bassenthwaite Lake

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At 4 miles (6.4 kilometers long and 0.75 miles (1.2 kilometers wide, Bassenthwaite Lake is among the biggest in the Lake District. Surrounded by gentle fells and without a single settlement on its shoreline, this tranquil lake offers hiking, wild swimming, and bird-watching opportunities, with fish-eating ospreys coming here to hunt.More
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Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead

Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead

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The Beatrix Potter Gallery is a popular destination for families and all fans of the famous author’s children's books. This 17th-century building in the town of Hawkshead, in the Lake District, was once the office of Potter's husband, the solicitor William Heelis, and now houses much of her original artwork.More
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Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows

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Framed by conifer woods, livestock-dotted fells, and peaks, this much-loved beauty spot in the Lake District National Park consists of a large tarn (mountain lake, which was created by combining three smaller tarns in the 19th century. The land, once owned by Beatrix Potter and now managed by the National Trust, is open to the public.More
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Coniston Water

Coniston Water

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The Lake District’s third-largest lake, Coniston Water is known for its depth and its scenic surrounds, which offer prime conditions for water-based activities. The area’s human history reaches back to the Bronze Age, and more recent notable locals include Victorian thinker John Ruskin and the writers Arthur Ransome and Beatrix Potter.More
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Hawkshead Village

Hawkshead Village

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With its slate-roofed heritage buildings, cozy old pubs, and cobbled lanes, Hawkshead Village is the picture of English country idyll. Home to William Wordsworth’s old school and Beatrix Potter’s home, the village has got some impressive literary links. Green forests and fells on its doorstep, plus a car-free center, add to its appeal.More
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Rydal Water

Rydal Water

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Set at the foot of Loughrigg Fell, Rydal Water is one of the Lake District’s more modest-sized bodies of water, though its strong literary connections, multitude of walking opportunities, and scenic beauty means it rides high on travelers’ wishlists. William Wordsworth’s former residence, Rydal Mount, sits at the eastern end of the lake.More
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Buttermere Valley

Buttermere Valley

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Flanked by grassy peaks, this scenic glacier-sculpted valley includes three lakes: Loweswater, Buttermere, and Crummock Water. With easily scalable fells such as Haystacks, pretty lakeside footpaths, and natural wonders including Scale Force Waterfall—the highest waterfall in the Lake District—Buttermere is prime turf for walkers.More
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Wray Castle

Wray Castle

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With its battlements, turrets, and arrow-slit windows, the neo-gothic Wray Castle is straight from a storybook. Originally built in 1840 for a Liverpudlian doctor and his heiress wife, the estate once served as a vacation home for the family of children’s author Beatrix Potter and is currently owned by the National Trust.More
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Hardknott Roman Fort (Mediobogdum)

Hardknott Roman Fort (Mediobogdum)

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Built in the second century, Hardknott Roman Fort sits at the summit of a steep mountain pass. Remnants of old walls, a parade ground, and a commander’s villa still stand, though they are somewhat upstaged by panoramic views of Eskdale Valley and the surrounding mountains.More
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Derwentwater

Derwentwater

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Affectionately nicknamed “Queen of the Lakes,” Derwentwater is a quintessential Lakeland spot. With the Cat Bells fell to the west, Friars Crag promontory to the east, and Borrowdale valley to the south, the lake offers a variety of stunning vistas, while its marinas, islands, and hiking trails provide plenty of activities for visitors.More
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Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike

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Towering 3,209 feet (978 meters over the Lake District National Park, Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England.  The peak is one of a string of high fells that run between Wast Water and Buttermere lakes, including the nearby High Stile, Red Pike, and Great End. More
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Grasmere

Grasmere

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Famously described by Wordsworth as ‘the loveliest spot that man hath ever found,” Grasmere is one of the highlights of the Lake District National Park. The lake—which shares its name with the neighboring village—is circled by lush woodland and can be circumvented on foot or explored by kayak or rowing boat. More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Lake District

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The moody beauty of the Lake District
Brigette_M, Apr 2022
Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District
The continuous rain meant we got to see the moody beauty of the area.
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Unforgettable Lake District Tour with Brook Tours!
RichardSimon_K, May 2022
Full day Private tour of the Lake District
Not only was Brook Tours very amenable to visiting every single one of my requested locations, but David went above and beyond to incorporate the history of the region, knowledge of the area, and place name meanings and origins along the way.
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Spectacular
Michele_M, Sep 2021
Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District
The tour enabled us to see the Lake District for all its glory So pleased we found you
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Best tour of Lake District
farhat_s, Aug 2020
4 hour Private Lake District tour
We look forward to see you again in future.
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Iram, Aug 2020
The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour
Get to see a lot of the Lakes.
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Fantastic experience. A wonderful...
sharon.hayes253, Nov 2015
Beatrix Potter's Half Day Lake District Tour Including Lake Cruise
A wonderful way to see the district and learn about her life.
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This tour is a fantastic way to see...
skclaudi, Sep 2015
The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour
This tour is a fantastic way to see the Lake District.
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I went on the trip with my mother...
Emma F, Sep 2011
Beatrix Potter's Half Day Lake District Tour Including Lake Cruise
It is a good way to see a bit more of the Lake District if you don't have a car.
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Highly recommended activity if its...
ivy d, Jun 2017
Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District
Highly recommended activity if its your first time to visit the lake district.
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Wonderful day trip around Lake District
Mearia_H, Dec 2021
Private Tour: Winter Lake District Day Trip from Windermere
He took us to see many lakes along our journey, including Ullswater, Windermere and Buttermere.
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Not to be missed........
Tracy_L, Sep 2021
Ultimate Full-Day Lake District Tour: 10 Lakes, Amazing Scenery & Lake Cruise
The tour was well organised striking the right balance between touring in the bus and stopping off to see the wonderful lakes and sites with plenty of time to take photos.
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A brilliant experience!
Victoria_W, May 2019
High Adventure Day Tour from Keswick
It was a great way to see The Lake District as a first time visitor, my partner thoroughly enjoyed the day too even though he has been to The Lake District before.
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If you have never been in the Lake...
Grit P, May 2016
Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District
If you have never been in the Lake District, have little time and no car, but want to see more of the area, this tour is a great start.
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Spectacular! Should also do ten...
Maurice T, Sep 2015
The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour
Should also do ten Lakes to see the diversity of the slake District.
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This was the highlight of our trip...
John W K, Jun 2015
Private Tour: Winter Lake District Day Trip from Windermere
Alan was more than willing to visit places we wanted to see and not repeat our own wanderings.
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This was the best way to see the...
Kendall K, Jul 2016
Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District
This was the best way to see the lake district in one day.
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Very nice tour for those who want to...
Wayne Z, Oct 2015
Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District
Very nice tour for those who want to visit Lake District in one day.
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This was an excellent tour. Elliot...
Susan W, Jul 2014
Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District
We were able to see everything the tour promised, and even a couple of extra sights.
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High roads in Lake District
Bartosz_S, Sep 2021
The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour
Great opportunity to see Lake District from its wild nature.
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yasmin w, May 2016
Beatrix Potter's Half Day Lake District Tour Including Lake Cruise
To be honest the reason for booking this tour was that i did not wanted to miss this time and wanted to see something so I booked it.
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