Trains to the Lake District
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Travelling to the Lake District by train
Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful regions of the UK, the Lake District has inspired the poetry of William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey to name just a few. But with a wealth of outdoor adventures to take part in, as well as some world-class restaurants and traditional pubs to sample, you don’t have to be a poet to get the most out of your time here.
Brockhole Visitor Centre
If you’re setting out on a Lake District adventure, Brockhole Visitor Centre is a great place to get your bearings. Brockhole is the main visitor centre for the Lake District and it’s got everything from treetop treks to archery, with boat and bike hire as well as a ton of kid-friendly activities. It’s also a great spot to take in the gorgeous views of the Langdales at Brockhole House and Gardens; a favourite of children’s author Beatrix Potter.
Coniston Boating Centre
Cast off for adventure on Coniston Water and take in the enchanting scenery of the surrounding areas. The Boating Centre at Coniston is a short walk from the village, with motor boats, kayaks, canoes and rowing boats, all available to pre-book. When you eventually return to dry land, you’ll find an abundance of cosy, inviting pubs where you can relax with a well-deserved drink or two.
Make a visit to Grassmere’s Dove Cottage, the home of William Wordsworth, and gain a fascinating insight into the life of one of England’s most celebrated poets. Inspired by the house’s stunning surrounds, Wordsworth was motivated to write his most famous poem, ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud.' Get a glimpse of the poet’s daily life, as well as some of his most famous literary visitors, on a day out you’ll definitely want to write home about.
Grizedale Forest is the Lake District's natural playground with miles of woodland trails to hike and mountain bike, as well as rope-swinging adventure playground, Go Ape. Keep an eye out for 90 amazing sculptures on your travels, they’re tucked away all throughout the forest.
Get close to lake-dwelling wildlife from all over the world at the Lakes Aquarium. Some rarely-seen deep water creatures have found a home in this Lake District attraction. From the Arctic Char, one of the first inhabitants of the lakes after the last Ice Age, to British sharks, otters and rays, you’ll uncover a fascinating underwater world you never knew existed.
The World of Beatrix Potter
Burrow into the World of Beatrix Potter in the place that inspired her most beloved characters. Potter's illustrated tales of Peter Rabbit and other woodland creatures have captured imaginations for over 100 years – this popular attraction gloriously celebrates the legacy of the remarkable author. Inspire the next generation of Beatrix Potter fans or relive your own childhood with Peter Rabbit, Jemina Puddle Duck, Mrs Tiggy-winkle and many more.
Widely believed to be one of England’s most beautiful places, Ullswater offers some irresistible vistas for aspiring photographers and avid Instagrammers. There are few better ways to take in the stunning views than with a trip on an Ullswater ‘Steamer’, a Lake District tradition stretching back over 150 years. Boat trips along this eight mile stretch run all year round with cruise times available from 20 to 120 minutes.
Windermere Lake Cruises
Take a cruise across England’s largest lake, right in the heart of the Lake District. Windermere boasts some of the region’s most scenic views, and with steamers and launchers sailing throughout the year there’s always an opportunity to soak in the sights. Cruises are available from 45 minutes to 3 hours. With plenty of local attractions in the surrounding area, it’s easy to find a trip to suit your plans.
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