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Lake District

Boasting England’s highest mountains and a multitude of freshwater lakes and rivers, breaks to the Lake District offer tranquility and serenity amid simply stunning scenery. Enjoy a leisurely steamboat ride across picturesque Ullswater, or power yourself by renting a kayak for the day on Lake Windermere. Alternatively conquer England’s tallest peak and discover spectacular views atop Scafell Pike. Amid this landscape, made famous by the likes of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, breaks to the Lake District also offer adrenaline and excitement like mountain biking down forest trails as well as Kendal Calling, England’s fastest growing music festival. While in town sample a slice of Kendal mint cake, a sweet treat that helped Sir Edmund Hillary conquer Mount Everest.

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Holiday Highlights

  • Hot air balloon over Orrest Trail, Lake Windermere in the UK's Lake District - Visit Britain/Peter Hughes

  • Windermere Lake Cruises - Visit Britain

  • Sunset over Buttermere Fell, Lake District

  • Ullswater steamer, Lake District - Visit Britain/Dave Willis

  • Sunrise over Catbells Mountain, Lake District - Visit Britain/John Finney

  • Early morning in Buttermere, Lake District

  • Rainbow over Wast Water in the UK's Lake District - Visit Britain/Mark Gilligan

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

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  • 4℃
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  • 9℃
  • 13℃
  • 15℃
  • 17℃
  • 16℃
  • 13℃
  • 10℃
  • 6℃
  • 4℃
  • 17
  • 13
  • 15
  • 11
  • 11
  • 12
  • 11
  • 13
  • 14
  • 17
  • 18
  • 17

Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.

Rainfall

When to Visit

Below gives you information and a rating of the best time of year to visit.

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Join Adventurous Ewe on this classic 2-day cycling journey across Northern England’s most rugged & spectacular landscapes. From the Irish Sea to the North Sea crossing The Lake District. Experience this tough yet thrilling 145-mile cycling journey fully supported by experienced & f...

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Country Hotel Breaks offer short breaks and deals for many of the finest country hotels in Britain including the Lake District, Cotswolds and Cornwall. Rural hotels, mansions, boutique hotels and romantic inns are just some of the styles of accommodation to be found in their portfolio.

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Riviera Travel is the UK’s leading luxury river cruise & tour company with over 38 years’ experience in crafting worldwide tours, luxury river cruises, rail holidays and UK tours. Their commitment to quality & thoughtfulness has earned them a coveted Which? recommendation.

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