The Ultimate Lake District Drive

The ultimate drive around the English Lake District, including wonderful scenery and attractions throughout. The drive visits many popular towns, villages, lakes and valleys as it explores different corners of the National Park.
An experience never to forget.


Route Map

Summary of main attractions on route

Distance Attraction
74.2 miles Loweswater
76.5 miles Lanthwaite Wood
79.5 miles Crummock Water, Cinderdale
81.5 miles Buttermere Village
85.9 miles Honister Pass
88.7 miles Rosthwaite, Borrowdale
90.1 miles The Bowder Stone
92.2 miles Kettlewell / Lodore Falls
93.5 miles Calfclose Bay, Derwent Water
94.9 miles Keswick
96.9 miles Castlerigg Stone Circle
109.2 miles Aira Force
110.4 miles Glencoyne, Ullswater
111.8 miles Glenridding Village
114.7 miles Brothers Water
118.3 miles Kirkstone Pass
123.7 miles Holehird Gardens
126.0 miles Bowness-on-Windermere
Distance Attraction
0 miles Bowness-on-Windermere
0.8 miles Rayrigg Meadow picnic site
2.9 miles Brockhole Visitor Centre
4.8 miles Waterhead, Ambleside
8.1 miles Wray Castle
10.7 miles Hawkshead Village
13.1 miles Tarn Hows
15.4 miles Coniston Village
24.5 miles Broughton in Furness
28.0 miles Duddon Valley access area
34.5 miles Birks Bridge
37.3 miles Hardknott Pass
38.1 miles Hardknott Roman Fort
41.3 miles Eskdale Railway & Boot
49.7 miles Wastwater, Countess Beck
63.8 miles Kinniside Stone Circle
66.4 miles Ennerdale Water
70.6 miles Cogra Moss

The Drive

This Ultimate Lake District drive has been designed to take in the best scenery and attractions that the area has to offer in a single circular route. The drive has many contrasts as it visits different corners of the Lake District, from popular towns and villages to remote and wild valleys. The area is most famous for the wonderful scenery, lakes and mountains and these are ever present throughout the drive.

At 126 miles in length this can be a demanding drive for a single day and involves a minimum of 6 hours driving given the often narrow and slow roads. If you don't mind that and want to bag the best of the area in a short time then this drive is ideal. You might want to stop at one or two attractions or places to rest and eat along the way, you can pick these from the details provided. Alternatively, the drive could be broken up over more than one day with overnight stops and visits to more attractions.

However you do this drive it will provide a fabulous and memorable trip around one of the most picturesque and popular parts of England.

The drive is only available for purchase as a PDF document and also comes with a zip file containing the most common POI sat nav file formats. Please select below for further information.

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