The best way to explore the Lake District is by car. Stunning views and magnificent landscapes attract over 16 million visitors to the Lakes each year.
Drive from Ambleside through Keswick to Ullswater for great views over several lakes. Many locations are associated with William Wordsworth, and the 48 mile drive offers plenty of places to stop off and admire the scenery.
The drive from Keswick to Borrowdale to Buttermere takes in Derwent Water and the beautiful Borrowdale Valley. The 33 miles also takes you up and over Honister Pass and a return from Buttermere through the Newlands Valley.
The Ambleside to Windermere to Coniston drive includes Hawkshead, Tarn Hows and Coniston, and many of the attractions en-route are themed around Beatrix Potter. The drive is 37 miles in total.
Coniston to Duddon Valley to Eskdale is not for the faint-hearted and includes some of the Lake District´s most challenging mountain passes. Historical attractions included, the drive is just over 40 miles long.
The Kendal to Grange to Windermere drive takes you around the south east corner of Lakeland and includes some interesting attractions. The popular towns of Kendal and Bowness and their historic houses and Windermere itself included, the drive is 48 miles. The Ulverston to Barrow to Furness Peninsula drive is heavily influenced by the monks of Furness Abbey and later by ship building. The associated attractions are well worth visiting on this 44 mile route.
Drive from Cockermouth to Whitehaven to Maryport and take in the contrasting countryside and seaside of the Lake District. From the rugged beauty of the fells to the industrial heritage of the west coast and its stunning scenery, this drive is 54 miles in total.
Visit Cumbria´s capital city Carlisle and drive to Hadrian´s Wall via Brampton. This drive also takes in the Irthing Valley and plenty of associated attractions, including some of the best-preserved Roman remains in the UK. The drive is 46 miles long.
If you are planning to spend a few days or a week in the Lake District, Windermere is a great place to base yourself. Within easy driving distance of all attractions and with a great choice of spa hotels, romantic hotels and boutique hotels, you will find plenty of high quality accommodation in Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere.
Windermere attractions include the award-winning Lakes Aquarium, Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre and Windermere Cruises, which operate from Bowness Bay and offer trips around Windermere, stopping off at points along the way.
Windermere is also well known for its vast range of pubs and restaurants. From country inns to five star gourmet dining restaurants, a wide choice of eateries suit all tastes and budgets.
Lovers of the great outdoors can enjoy several hiking, biking and walking trails, and for those who enjoy luxury, check out the wide choice of romantic Windermere cottages for rent.