The best places to explore by car in the Lake District

If you are planning to visit the Lake District and you want to explore by car, you will find a vast choice of stunning drives with spectacular views and a choice of luxurious spa cottages in Windermere.

Some of the best drives in the Lake District include:

Kendal to Windermere

This drive will take you around the south east corner of the Lakes, and takes in some fantastic attractions, and offers some amazing views. If you enjoy walking around historic houses or relaxing in the gardens, visit the stately homes of Bowness and Kendal, also marvel at the Cartmel peninsula and enjoy all of the attractions on the shore of England´s largest lake, Windermere. The drive is just over 48 miles in length. Why not pamper yourself and, after a long drive stay in a luxurious Windermere cottage with hot tub and spa bath?

Coniston to Eskdale via the Duddon Valley

his drive is not for the faint-hearted and includes plenty of challenging mountain roads, but also offers glimpses of some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK. Enjoy stopping off at one of a number of historic attractions, and also find out more about bygone industries in the area. The whole route is 42 miles long.

Penrith to the Middle Eden Valley

A drive around Penrith and the Eden Valley will take you through many picturesque villages and hamlets, and also en route you will see plenty of historic monuments and attractions. The whole route is 48 miles in length.

Ambleside to Coniston via Windermere

A drive from Ambleside to Coniston via Windermere will take in many local attractions near the great lake, including the Beatrix Potter Attraction and a number of locations associated with the famous children´s author who once resided in the Lake District. The whole trip is just over 37 miles long.

Ulverston to the Furness Peninsula via Barrow

If you drive from Ulverston to the Furness Peninsula via Barrow you will see plenty of landmarks which illustrate the bygone age of industry in the Lake District, including steel manufacture and ship building. Also visit Furness Abbey and enjoy amazing coastal views en route. The route is just over 44 miles in total.

Ambleside to Ullswater via Keswick

The main Lake District route from Ambleside to Keswick is a journey well worth taking. A return via Ullswater and Kirkstone Pass comes highly recommended and you will pass many of the Lake District´s most famous lakes en route. Many of the locations you will pass are linked to famous poet, William Wordsworth who lived most of his life in the lakes, and found inspiration for his most famous poems from the breathtaking scenery. The route is 48 miles long.

Keswick to Buttermere via Borrowdale

This beautiful drive takes in the amazing Keswick and Derwent Water, then passes through the breathtaking valley of Borrowdale, up over Honister Pass to Buttermere and through Newlands Valley. The trip is 33 miles in total.

Take your time to explore the Lake District at your own pace and enjoy some of the best countryside and coastal drives in the UK. If you want to combine a trip to one of England’s most beautiful tourist resorts with a stay in a luxurious spa cottage in Windermere, you will be spoilt for choice.