Trains to the Lake District National Park

The Lakes' mountains, villages, and historical spots make the Lake District National Park truly unique.

There's rugged terrain and stunning beauty that’s breathtaking all year round. Thanks to this, it's perfect for outdoor adventures, nature lovers, and active family short breaks or holidays.

Make the most of your time and explore each corner of the Lake District National Park by taking an Avanti West Coast train.

How to get to the Lake District National Park by train

One of the most popular National Parks in the UK, the Lake District is easily accessible by car, bus and coach.

The M6 is the main way to access the Lakes by road from north and south, and public transport is available from both Manchester and Newcastle Airport.

Once in the National Park, a range of local bus services, minibus tours, and boat cruises mean you can explore every corner of its beauty.

Alternatively, you can enjoy unique views of the National Park when you travel there by train.

If you're heading to the Lakes, train travel is a greener option which allows you time to relax during your journey and maybe even enjoy a refreshment or two. Board services from Glasgow Central, Blackpool North or London Euston. From there, you can go directly to Oxenholme, Penrith North Lakes, and Carlisle stations to get right to the heart of the Lake’s beautiful countryside.

What to do at the Lake District National Park

A World Heritage site as well as a National Park, the Lake District’s beauty has attracted generations of visitors from the UK and beyond. With countryside, wildlife and rights of way that are protected on behalf of the nation’s well-being and recreation, it’s an outdoor lover’s paradise.

No matter their skill level, any cyclist, runner, or hiker can find something to challenge them.

There are more than 3,100km of accessible routes, including four mountains with an elevation of more than 3,000ft. These include Scafell, Scafell Pike, Helvellyn, and Skiddaw.

Of course, the sixteen beautiful lakes that give the park its name should be on your must-visit list. Windermere, Derwentwater, and Coniston Water rank as some of the most popular must-see lakes.

Even if the weather puts off outdoor activities, there’s plenty for visitors to do here.

From L.S. Lowry to Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth, the Lake District has inspired some of the nation’s most famous artists. With this in mind, it continues to be a hub for creators, writers, and painters alike, with studios and workshops around every corner.

There's plenty for history lovers too, with several National Trust sites and historical railways that'll take you back in time.

If you want to experience the Lake District’s partying side, then explore the Keswick Mountain Festival or the Wild Goat Festival. You can also head to the popular live music venue Theatre by the Lake.

For foodies, there are several weekly farmer’s markets showcasing the best of local produce. These sit alongside Michelin-starred restaurants, local pubs, and warm, welcoming cafes. There are also plenty of breweries and distilleries to enjoy.

Where is the Lake District National Park?

The Lake District National Park is located in the county of Cumbria in the northwest of England. The park’s protected area stretches over more than 2,000 km². This encompasses the four Lake District mountains, 16 lakes, and the beautiful towns of Keswick, Kendal, Hawkshead and Ambleside.

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About the Lake District National Park

As many visitors describe it, the Lake District is like ‘stepping back in time’.

Set in the heart of Cumbrian county, the Lake District is home to a rich history, culture and a community of more than 40,000 people. Stretching for 58km east to west and 64km north to south, it’s the largest National Park in England.

It’s also where you can find the country’s deepest and longest lakes. These are Wastwater (at 74 metres) and Windermere (at 17km) respectively. In this area, you can find ‘tarns’ (a word which comes from the Old Norse word for ‘pool’) such as the Blea, Little Langdale and Overwater Tarns.

There's an area of more than 550 square kilometres that's designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Here, there are 23 listed conservation areas as well as 16,510 archaeological sites and monuments.

The Kendal and Windermere railway (otherwise known as the Lakes Line) also opened here in 1847. Even today, it still offers the most beautiful views and one of the best ways to explore the park.

Ways to save on your train ticket to the Lake District National Park

From planning a weekend romantic getaway to a week-long family holiday to the Lake District, get there taking an Avanti West Coast train.

To get the best possible fares, try to book in advance and travel during off-peak hours wherever possible. You can also get up to 1/3 off your train tickets with a Railcard, or book a family ticket for two adults and up to three children which will save you money.

Oxenholme Lake District Station