Trains to the Lake District

How to get there, what to do and how to get home with Avanti West Coast.

Lake District

Many regions of the UK can claim to be the most beautiful, but the Lake District puts on a display that’s hard to beat. With its green hills and craggy mountains, buzzing towns, sleepy villages, and of course the feature that gives the National Park its name – the Lakes – it’s no wonder this part of Cumbria attracts visitors from all over the world.

You can easily spend a day scaling a remote hillside where you’ll see no more than a handful of other people all day – bliss. But that’s only half the appeal of the Lake District. Home to local and international eateries, Michelin Starred restaurants rub shoulders with family-run tearooms and country pubs. Towns like Ambleside, Bowness, Kendal and Keswick are always full of life, but you can take it easy in one of the pretty villages that dot the region, where there’ll always be a warm welcome and something homemade to eat.

If you love watersports, there’s a big clue in the name. Most of the major lakes – Windermere, Coniston, Derwentwater, Ullswater and others – have facilities that let you try out canoeing, windsurfing or kayaking. Or perhaps a scenic boat trip is more your scene? You’re going to love it.

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Popular Avanti West Coast trains to Oxenholme (Lake District)

Our trains stop at Oxenholme, near Kendal, from there you can change and go by train straight into the heart of the Lakes at Windermere. Here are the most popular direct routes.

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Things to do in the Lake District

Most visitors to the Lake District end up at the top of a hill or mountain, and there’s no reason you should miss out. With such a range of peaks to choose from, you’ll easily find one to match your and your group’s abilities. The most popular include Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak, and Helvellyn, where the walk to the top gives you a breathtaking view of Striding Edge, a high ridge with vertical drops on either side – not for the faint-hearted! But wherever you are in the Lakes, there will be a wonderful hill to climb, so take your walking boots.

Scafell Pike

If you or your children love Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and friends, then a visit to Beatrix Potter’s home must be on your list. You’ll find all sorts of magical things that inspired her timeless characters, and once you’re there, you’ll realise it was this setting in the beautiful Lake District landscape that sparked the tales.

Beatrix Potter's Home

You can’t visit the Lake District without at least once heading out onto the water. Boat trips are available on Windermere that really let you admire the beauty of the Lakes from the surface. On Ullswater, you can sail on one of two restored steamers, for a fabulous taste of yesteryear. And on Coniston Water, you can get on a tour and retrace the locations (if not the pace) of the world-famous water speed records set by the Campbell family in the 1930s, 1950s and 1960s.

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Oxenholme Lake District Station Information

Oxenholme is a small station but it has everything you need to make sure you have a comfortable journey. If you’re looking for information on parking, buses, ticketing, toilets or accessibility, just visit the link below:

Oxenholme Lake District station information

There’s information from accessibility to parking and ticketing to WiFi coverage. More details on our wider network can be found ​on this page​.