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. 126 miles.

Route map

Summary of main attractions on route

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

The Ultimate Lake District 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 road trip around one of the most picturesque and popular parts of England.

The drive description is only available for purchase as a PDF document and also comes with a zip file containing sat nav coordinates for all attractions on route in the most common file formats. Follow link below. Further information on sat nav files can be found on the Navigation page.

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