8 days in Lake District Itinerary

8 days in Lake District Itinerary

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8 days in Lake District Itinerary

Start: Carlisle
train:  15​min
1
Penrith
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Windermere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
End: Carlisle

3
nights
Penrith

Penrith ©
Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. Get some historical perspective at Shap Abbey and Long Meg and her Daughters. Head to Kennedys Fine Chocolates and Viridian Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Penrith side-trips: Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum (in Threlkeld), Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale) and Sizergh Castle (in Kendal). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Brough Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Keld Chapel, examine the collection at The Puzzling Place, and steep yourself in history at St Michael's Church Barton.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Penrith online travel route planner .

Rome, Italy to Penrith is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rome to Penrith. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Rome in July: highs in Penrith hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Windermere.

Things to do in Penrith

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Keswick, Kennedys Fine Chocolates, Sizergh Castle, Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum, St Lawrence Church
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Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum ©
Shap Abbey ©
Shap Abbey
Brough Castle ©
Brough Castle

4
nights
Windermere

Windermere ©
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lakeland and Cookhouse Gallery. Get some historical perspective at Orrest Head and High Street. There's still lots to do: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, don't miss a visit to Rydal Water, enjoy some diversion at Michael Coates Clay Shooting, and ride a horse along Lakeland Pony Trek.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Windermere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Penrith to Windermere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Windermere

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Orrest Head ©
Orrest Head
Lakeland ©
Lakeland
Brockhole on Windermere ©
Brockhole on Windermere

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