Love the Lakes

Despite the flooding we experienced last December, all of the Lake District is now totally accessible by car or public transport, and most footpaths are open and perfectly safe to use. The A591 re-opened on Wednesday 11 May so two of our favourite places are really easy to move between - Keswick and Grasmere. Here are a few fantastic places to inspire you.

A view of Allan Bank from the outside

Allan Bank

'The loveliest spot that man hath ever found.' Not our words but those of William Wordsworth, and we are rather inclined to agree with him.

Beatrix Potter as an older woman in the Hill Top garden with one of her sheepdogs

Hill Top

This is Beatrix Potter's 17th-century farmhouse and it's a time-capsule of her life - as if she'd just stepped outside... - even more special this year as we celebrate 150 years since her birth.

The stunning rock garden at Sizergh


Beautiful medieval house, still lived in by the Strickland family. Take a stroll through a rich, beautiful garden with ponds, a lake, a national collection of hardy ferns and a superb limestone rock garden.

Derwent Water pier with snowy Catbells behind, Borrowdale Cumbria

Borrowdale and Derwent Water

Derwent Water is often called the 'Queen of the Lakes', and as you canoe between the islands with your picnic at the ready it's easy to see why. The friendly staff at our shop and information centre on the Keswick Foreshore will help you out with local knowledge about canoeing, interesting things to see and walks to do.

A reflective Tarn Hows at sunrise, Lake District

Tarn Hows and Coniston

Majestic views and peaceful walks in beautiful countryside

Ullswater Lake Cumbria

Aira Force and Ullswater

Aira Force, a tumbling waterfall drops an impressive 65ft and can be reached by an enchanting stroll through ancient woodland and landscaped glades. The perfect place for a family walk and picnic.

The view onto Windermere from Claife Viewing Station

Claife Viewing Station

Claife Viewing Station is one of the Lake District’s earliest tourist and cultural hotspots. It's one of the only places that you can take in panoramic views of Windermere.

The view over the stone wall at the front of Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House, Cumbria 

William Wordsworth, a great poet of the Romantic age, was born in this Georgian townhouse. We've presented the home and the gardens as they would have been in the 1770s so that you can experience it as Wordsworth would have done in his childhood. Costumed interpreters are on hand to provide an insight into the daily life of the family and their servants.

Reflections on Windermere

Visit Fell Foot Park

Lakeshore park with stunning mountain views