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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
A courtyard with stone buildings on three sides. One side has crenellations and a solid square tower
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Sizergh 

Beautiful medieval house with rich gardens and estate

near Kendal, Cumbria

Fully open today
The exterior of Wray Castle  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
Trees on the bank reflecting in the water at Ennerdale Water, Cumbria
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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 enjoying a picnic on the lawn at Allan Bank, Grasmere

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. The long summer days are a great opportunity to make the most of your membership and visit somewhere new.

Children playing at Acorn Bank, Cumbria

Summer holidays in the Lake District 

Plan your holiday adventure with us over the summer; we've got something for all ages to enjoy whatever the weather has in store. If it's rainy, try some animal arts and crafts at Wordsworth House & Garden, or follow the scallop trail around the House at Sizergh, or outdoors, pull on your wellies and try out the play trail on the Whitehaven Coast, or the pushchair friendly route around Tarn Hows. Thrill seekers can try a canoe or paddle-board taster session at Crow Park on Derwent Water, Keswick, or bring your own to Fell Foot where you can dry off afterwards in the Active Base.

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.

Family in the garden at Sizergh with a pushchair, Cumbria
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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

An aerial view of Wasdale Campsite and Wastwater, Cumbria

Wasdale Campsite 

A mile from Wastwater, close to challenging bike trails and Scafell Pike, England’s tallest mountain.

An aerial view of Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria

Eskdale Campsite 

This campsite lies low in the valley, with trails by the river and up through the fells to small mountain lakes. Village pubs are a short stroll away.

An aerial view of Low Wray Campsite and Windermere, Cumbria

Low Wray Campsite 

By Windermere, England’s largest lake, surrounded by things to do and places to visit.

Upcoming events

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Summer for families at Townend 

Townend, Windermere, Cumbria

Curious about history? Learn about the family who lived here for 400 years. See food made from an old recipe book and curious objects. Play traditional courtyard games.

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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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25 Jul to 1 Nov 2024
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Red Rose Woodturners 

Sizergh, near Kendal, Cumbria

A craft demonstration by the Red Rose Woodturners. Visitors will have the chance to take home original, hand-crafted pieces.

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25 Jul to 28 Jul 2024
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Other Everests: One Mountain, Many Worlds 

Wray, Ambleside, Cumbria

Other Everests: One Mountain, Many Worlds, shares photographs and mountaineering artefacts from the Royal Geographical Society and the Mountain Heritage Trust in the centenary year of the 1924 Mount Everest expedition.

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25 Jul to 24 Nov 2024
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Summer of Play at Wray 

Wray, Ambleside, Cumbria

Imagine you’re preparing for an adventure of a lifetime: scaling Mount Everest. Kick start your training by getting active at Wray, with free fun activities around the grounds.

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25 Jul to 1 Sep 2024
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Summer of play 

Fell Foot, Windermere, Cumbria

Families and friends are encouraged to make the most of the longer warmer days. Discover the sights and sounds of the great outdoors, with games for all ages at Fell Foot lakeshore park.

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25 Jul to 29 Aug 2024
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Summer of Play 

Sizergh, near Kendal, Cumbria

Step back in time with Summer of Play at Sizergh.

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25 Jul to 8 Sep 2024
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Summer of Play 

Allan Bank and Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria

Bring a picnic and spend the day enjoying outdoor nature play, traditional lawn games, creative indoor activities and bird spotting. You might be lucky and spot a Red Squirrel!

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25 Jul to 3 Sep 2024
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Visitors exploring the sand dunes and the woodland at Formby, Liverpool

Where will you visit next?

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