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Lake District

Home of Beatrix Potter, fascinating history, dramatic landscapes and – of course – plenty of lakes. Cycle, walk or sail through the unforgettable Lake District and discover its many delights.

Places to visit

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Top places to visit in the Lake District

A lone sheep on the fellside of Gowbarrow fell overlooking Ullswater
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Aira Force and Gowbarrow Park 

Aira Force is a showcase for the power and beauty of nature; it’s a place to escape the ordinary.

Penrith, Cumbria

Fully open today
Allan Bank in Winter
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Allan Bank and Grasmere 

The loveliest spot that man hath ever found

Ambleside, Cumbria

Closed now
Frosty early morning overlooking the south lawn at Sizergh, Cumbria
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Sizergh 

Beautiful medieval house with rich gardens and estate

near Kendal, Cumbria

Partially open today
View of Wray Castle in Cumbria
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Wray 

Parkland and castle on the west shore of Windermere.

Ambleside, Cumbria

Fully open today
A lone person walking along the jetty to a misty lake Windermere  at Fell Foot in the Lake District
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Fell Foot 

Lakeshore park with stunning mountain views

Windermere, Cumbria

Fully open today
Walkers follow a coastal path along the cliffs at Whitehaven on a brisk day in winter, facing towards a grey sea and an overcast sky.
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Whitehaven Coast 

There are hidden gems of history and wildlife along this post-industrial coastline

Whitehaven, Cumbria

Fully open today
View over Derwent Water towards Cat Bells from Derwent Island House on a clear winter's day
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Borrowdale and Derwent Water 

Spectacular and varied lakeland landscape around Derwent Water

near Keswick, Cumbria

Fully open today
Wintry view of the Ennerdale Valley with tree lined fells and dramatic cloud cover in the Lake District.
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Ennerdale 

Home of the Wild Ennerdale project with 30 miles of traffic-free paths

Cleator Moor, Cumbria

Fully open today

Planning your visit to the Lake District

Walkers setting out from Seatoller car park in Borrowdale, Lake District
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Planning your visit to the Lake District 

Tools, tips and guidance to help you make the most out of your trip to the Lake District and help us look after it.

Two women walking a dog in the garden at Allan Bank in Grasmere
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Places you can visit in the Lake District without a car 

Whether you’re looking to travel by train, bus, bike or foot, there are many places in the Lake District that you can visit without a car - here's the info to help you plan a car-free day out.

A man sitting on the back of his car in a car park to put his walking boots on to go for a walk in Borrowdale, Cumbria
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Countryside car parks in the Lake District 

Discover the National Trust's countryside car parks in the Lake District.

Our work in the Lake District

Alongside our tenant farmers, the National Trust looks after 20% of the Lake District National Park, including England's deepest lake and highest mountain. We work to restore habitats for nature and to conserve the cultural heritage within a dozen historic buildings. Find out more about what the teams have been up to here.

A view of Watendlath Beck Borrowdale, Lake District

Riverlands projects 

Rivers are life forces. They’ve helped sustain ecosystems, cultures and communities for millennia, their quiet power steadily shaping everything from landscapes to place names. Find out more about the work the National Trust is doing with local partners, tenant farmers and other landowners in the area to help restore the Lake District's rivers and improve the water quality in lakes and tarns.

Get involved

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in our work across the Lakes

Visitors on a volunteer-led guided tour around Wray Castle in Ambleside with the castle and blue sky in the background

Volunteering in the Lake District 

Find out more about volunteering for the National Trust in the Lake District. You could work indoors or outside, welcoming and guiding visitors, growing crops or managing woodland or building paths.

A ranger strimming grass at Rayleigh Mount, Essex, in the sunshine, with areas of deep shadow beneath the trees
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Supporter groups in the Lake District 

Join a supporter group in the Lake District to volunteer outdoors with other people and help us look after special places in the National Park.

Places to stay in the Lake District

The shore of Wastwater is just one mile from Wasdale Campsite, Lake District

Wasdale Campsite 

A peaceful campsite less than a mile from the shore of Wastwater, perfectly placed for challenging bike trails and Scafell Pike, England’s tallest mountain.

Campervan and motorhome pitches at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria

Eskdale Campsite 

A tranquil base in the heart of the Lakes, for a holiday walking and exploring the region’s crags, woods and waterfalls.

An aerial view of one of the camping fields at Low Wray Campsite, Lake District

Low Wray Campsite 

Lakeside or mountain-view pitches for tents and campervans, along with pre-pitched tents and pods, on Windermere, England’s biggest lake.

Upcoming events

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Spring Adventures in Nature 

Wray, Ambleside, Cumbria

Grab a Springo sheet and tick off the sights and sounds you see and hear in nature as you explore the Wray grounds.

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24 Feb to 15 Apr 2024
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Brought to Light: The Lakeland Photographs of Herbert Bell and Rupert Potter 

Wray, Ambleside, Cumbria

Brought to Light contrasts the work of two of the Lake District’s great photographers: Herbert Bell, a chemist’s son from Ambleside, and Rupert Potter, father of the children’s author Beatrix Potter, in a never before seen way.

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24 Feb to 2 Jun 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
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Snowdrop Weekends 

Acorn Bank, near Penrith, Cumbria

Discover a secret spectacle in the woodlands at Acorn Bank this winter.

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24 Feb to 25 Feb 2024
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11:00 to 15:00
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Family Adventure Film Afternoons at Sticklebarn 

The Langdales, near Ambleside, Cumbria

Come and join Kendal Mountain Festival at Lanty Slee's (Sticklebarn) for an afternoon of family friendly adventure films.

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2 Mar to 13 Apr 2024
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15:00 to 16:30
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Adventure Film and Dinner Evenings at Sticklebarn 

The Langdales, near Ambleside, Cumbria

Our ever popular adventure film and dinner events in the Langdales are back!

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2 Mar to 13 Apr 2024
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18:00 to 22:00
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Guided Walk: Prehistoric Sizergh 

Sizergh, near Kendal, Cumbria

Explore the traces of Sizergh’s prehistoric past, and its picturesque present, with a guided walk to Sizergh Fell.

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4 Mar to 19 Aug 2024
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11:00 to 13:00
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Lino Printing Workshop 

Allan Bank and Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria

An introduction to Lino Printing at Allan Bank. Develop your printmaking skills, create your own design.

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9 Mar to 18 May 2024
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Guided Walk: Ancient Trees and Magnificent Murals 

Sizergh, near Kendal, Cumbria

Discover spectacular ancient trees and a historic mural with a guided walk to Helsington Church.

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11 Mar to 26 Aug 2024
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11:00 to 13:00
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Family walking down the main drive with lady in a tramper at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire - CTA crop only

Where will you visit next?

Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.