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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.

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Top places to visit in the Lake District

People enjoying the shade on the rocks by the river at Aira Force & Gowbarrow Park
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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
The cream exterior of Allan Bank house on a sunny day
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Allan Bank and Grasmere 

The loveliest spot that man hath ever found

Ambleside, Cumbria

Fully open today
On a sunny day, the courtyard of a stone house with crenellations
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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
View of the Active Base and jetties from the lake, on an early morning in spring
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Fell Foot 

Lakeshore park with stunning mountain views Boathouse cafe, watersports hire and play area

Windermere, Cumbria

Fully open today
The path along the Whitehaven Coast on a sunny day with views out to the sea and rocky cliffs.
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Whitehaven Coast 

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

Whitehaven, Cumbria

Fully open today
A view of Derwent Water lake on a sunny day with two children running and playing in the foreground
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Borrowdale and Derwent Water 

Spectacular and varied lakeland landscape around Derwent Water

near Keswick, Cumbria

Fully open today
Group of walkers passing through a gateway with green mountains ahead
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Ennerdale 

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

Cleator Moor, Cumbria

Fully open today

Things to see and do with family

Looking for places to visit with the kids in the Lake District? Explore days out in nature, activities for all the family and places to spot wildlife all year round.

Family kayaking on Windermere at Fell Foot, Lake District, Cumbria

Family-friendly places in the Lake District 

Plan your next family day out in the Lake District – seek out natural play areas, scramble over rocks and spot wildlife on your way. As the days lengthen and the weather gets warmer, spring provides a great opportunity to make the most of your membership, explore the new season and visit somewhere new.

A grinning child playing at the Crow Wood play area at Lyme Park, Cheshire

Family fun over May half term 

Plan ahead for your next half term adventure; with wild play areas, arts and crafts and miles of lakeshore to explore, make it a school holiday to remember with the National Trust in the Lake District.

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.

Herdwick sheep grazing in fields next to Tarn Hows on a summer's day
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Farming in the Lake District 

Learn about the traditional farming practices in the Lake District and how the National Trust works with farm tenants to restore vital habitats, protect wildlife and support quality local produce.

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.

Five people in coats and scarves walking beside placid lake with bare trees dotted around
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Windermere Gateway 

The Windermere Gateway programme is a unique opportunity for the National Trust to make a difference in Windermere and support the Lake District National Park Local Plan ambitions.

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.

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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Letters from London 

Townend, Windermere, Cumbria

Delve into the Townend archive collection through these fascinating personal letters.

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21 May to 1 Nov 2024
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10:00 to 15:00
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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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21 May to 2 Jun 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
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Wildlife Encounters: An Exhibition of British Wildlife Photographs and the Tales behind them 

Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth, Cumbria

Come and wonder at the striking wildlife of the British Isles as portrayed by local photographers Rosamund and John Macfarlane.

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21 May to 6 Nov 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
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Flower time in the Oberland: The holiday watercolours of Eleanor Rawnsley  

Allan Bank and Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria

A snapshot of the Rawnsley's private lives and holidays in Europe displayed in the house where they lived.

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21 May to 22 Dec 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
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Paddleboard, kayak and row boat sessions 

Fell Foot, Windermere, Cumbria

Brought to you by the National Trust and Stoked Watersports, an opportunity to get out on the lake and maybe try something new.

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21 May to 6 Oct 2024
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10:00 to 17:30
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Estate Walks with NaturesGems 

Sizergh, near Kendal, Cumbria

Explore the nature of the Sizergh Estate on a NaturesGems tour.

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22 May to 31 Jul 2024
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09:00 to 13:00
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Sizergh’s Spring Bird Challenge 

Sizergh, near Kendal, Cumbria

Can you discover eight of the birds that call Sizergh home? Take part in the Spring Bird Challenge.

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23 May to 31 May 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
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House Tours 

Sizergh, near Kendal, Cumbria

Meet some of the key characters in Sizergh’s history, delving into 800 years of history.

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23 May to 31 Oct 2024
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11:00 to 11:45
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Small girl running between conical topiary hedges in the Cherry Garden at Ham House

Where will you visit next?

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