8 days in Lake District Itinerary

8 days in Lake District Itinerary

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8 days in Lake District Itinerary

Start: Glasgow, Scotland
Drive:  2 h 45 min
1
Windermere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Penrith
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
End: Glasgow, Scotland

2
nights
Windermere

Windermere ©
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Windermere: The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction (in Bowness-on-Windermere), Jesus Church (in Troutbeck) and Old Bank House Chocolate (in Ambleside). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Windermere, take some stellar pictures from Kirkstone Pass, have fun at Michael Coates Clay Shooting, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Orrest Head.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Windermere day trip planning site .

Glasgow to Windermere is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Penrith.

Things to do in Windermere

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ambleside, Helvellyn, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Lakeland Motor Museum, Jesus Church
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Lake Windermere ©
Lake Windermere
Michael Coates Clay Shooting ©
Michael Coates Clay Shooting
Orrest Head ©
Orrest Head

5
nights
Penrith

Penrith ©
Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Penrith: St James’ Church (in Buttermere), The Lakes Distillery (in Bassenthwaite) and Castle Crag (in Grange-in-Borrowdale). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Derwentwater, hike along Catbells Lakeland Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Aira Force Waterfall, and get your game on at Laser Wars UK.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Penrith vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Windermere to Penrith takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Penrith can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Penrith

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cockermouth, Keswick, St Anne's Hospital, Water Cut Sculpture, The Lakes Distillery
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Alpacaly Ever After ©
Alpacaly Ever After
Derwentwater ©
Derwentwater
Easedale Tarn ©
Easedale Tarn

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