The Lake District Guide

Accommodation in The Lakes - A Complete Guide



A guide to eating out in the Lake District

Enjoy a great day out walking!

Our guides to the best mountain and valley walks in the Lakes include walks for all abilities and fitness.

Things to do, places to go

Useful Lakes information

Great travel websites

Disabled access
If you have limited vision follow this link. You'll find information on ways to enjoy the Lakes.

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* For those who don't yet know the local language:

Fell = hill or mountain

Dale= valley

Beck = stream or brook

Ghyll = waterfall

Water or Mere = Lake

More Lakeland Words.

Lake District Social History

Baedeker's Guide, 1890

More from Baedeker

Welcome to your personal and friendly guide to the English Lake District!

Use the menus in the left and right columns to navigate around the site. Please send us feedback on accommodation, events, and any other items of interest!

You can contact us, your Lake District Guides, Rod & Helen, at

Best wishes to you all!

New! Lake District Beauty Spot Video

Where would you go if you wanted to see the classic Lakeland view, the one that sums up everything about the English Lakes?

Or if you were buying outdoor gear, where would you go for great personal service and advice - from experts who really know what they're talking about?

What about eating out? Who's in and who's out of fashion? Where can you go for the best pub food? Or an exquisite gourmet treat?

And how can you find the most comfortable and enjoyable accommodation - the place to stay that exactly suits you and your needs? You'd like a romantic weekend away or you just have to have king-size beds? No problem!

We have the answers to these and all your other questions - saving you hours looking around, avoiding disappointment, and simply giving you the best holiday experience you can have!

The Lakes attracts many thousands of people every year, yet the region retains its beauty, charm and tranquillity.

You can easily find yourself alone among some of the finest mountain scenery in Europe, or you can explore the beautiful valleys and little towns with a host of exciting restaurants, cafes, shops and galleries.


Whether you want to trek the high passes of the Lakeland mountains, take a weekend break, or plan a fun day out, we can give you the ideas you need to make any Lakeland trip a rip-roaring success!

You can choose where to go in the Lakes - and, of course, on this website - by clicking on one of the links in the left hand column, or you can take a short cut to see our favourite Lake District places and pastimes in our exciting, handy and time-saving "Top Ten" feature to the right of this page.

Tourist Information Centres

If you're looking for information about travelling in the Lake District, there's a network of really helpful Tourist Information Centres. They really will help you make the most of your holiday in the Lake District. Accommodation may be booked over the counter and credit card holders can take advantage of the Advance Accommodation Booking Service, available at the centres marked * in the list below.

O = open all year, W = reduced winter opening hours, S = seasonal

Ambleside (*,O)
Central Buildings
Market Cross, LA22 9BS
T: 015394 31576
Bowness (W)
Glebe Road, Bowness Bay, LA23 3HJ
T: 015394 42895
Coniston (W)
Ruskin Avenue, LA21 8IEH
T: 015394 41533
Grasmere (S)
Red Bank Road, LA22 95W
T: 015394 35245
Killington Lake (S)
Killington Lake Services,
M6 (southbound),
Nr Kendal, LA8 ONW
T: 015396 20138
Sedbergh (W)
72 Main Street, LA10 5AD
T: 015396 20125
Windermere (*,O)
Victoria Street, LA23 1AD
T: 015394 46499

Barrow-in-Furness (O)
Forum 28, Duke Street, LA14 1HU
T: 01229 894784

Broughton-in-Furness (*,O)
Town Hall, The Square, LA20 6JJ
T: 01229 716115

Grange-over-Sands (*,W)
Victoria Hall, Main Street, LA11 6DP
T: 015395 34026
Kendal (*,O)
Town Hall, Highgate, LA9 4DL
T: 01539 725758
Kirkby Lonsdale (*,W)
24 Main Street, LA6 2AE
T: 015242 71437
Ulverston (*,O)
Coronation Hall,
County Square, LA12 7LZ
T: 01229 587120

Lakes in order of length

Name Length in miles Width in miles Depth in feet
Windermere 10.5 1.25 219
Ullswater 7.5 0.75 205
Coniston 5.25 0.5 184
Bassenthwaite Lake 4.0 0.75 70
Haweswater 4.0 0.5 198
Thirlmere 3.8 0.5 158
Derwentwater 3.5 1.25 172
Crummock water 3.4 0.8 144
Wastwater 3.1 0.5 260
Ennerdale 2.5 0.75 148
Esthwaite 1.5 0.5 80
Buttermere 1.25 0.8 95
Loweswater 1.25 0.8 60
Grasmere 1.0 0.5 75
Rydal Water 0.75 0.25 55
Brother's Water 0.4 0.25 70
Elterwater 0.4 0.25 70

Lake District mountains over 2750 feet

Name Location Height, feet Height, metres
Scafell Pike Scafells 3210 978
Scafell Scafells 3162 964
Helvellyn Helvellyn Massif 3118 950
Skiddaw (High Man) Skiddaw Massif 3053 931
Great End Scafells 2948 910
Bowfell Bowfell Group 2960 902
Great Gable Great Gable Group 2949 899
Pillar Pillar Group 2927 892
Nethermost Pike Helvellyn Massif 2922 891
Catstycam Helvellyn Massif 2919 890
Esk Pike Bowfell Group 2903 885
High Crag Helvellyn Massif 2903 885
Raise Helvellyn Massif 2897 883
Fairfield Fairfield Group 2863 873
Blencathra (Hallsfell Top) Blencathra Group 2847 868
White Side Helvellyn Massif 2832 863
Crinkle Crags, Long Top (second crinkle) Bowfell Group 2816 859
Dollywaggon Pike Helvellyn Massif 2815 858
Great Dodd Dodds Group 2811 857
Grasmoor Grasmoor Group 2795 852
Stybarrow Dodd Dodds Group 2766 843
Scoat Fell Pillar Group 2760 841
St Sunday Crag Fairfield Group 2758 841
Crag Hill Grasmoor Group 2751 839

Lower mountains with views

As many walkers know, better views can often be obtained from a low peak, with lakes, tarns and higher peaks close by, rather than on the higher peaks themselves. Some fairly low tops, in alphabetical order, worth visiting are:

Name of Mountain Height, feet Height, metres Views can be obtained of:
Barrow 1494 455 Grisedale Pike, Skiddaw, Blencathra, Derwent Water
Binsey 1466 447 Skiddaw, Bassenthwaite Lake
Black Crag / Black Fell 1056 322 The Langdales, Windermere
Black Crag (below Gavel Fell ) 1478 450 Grasmoor, Whiteside, Loweswater
Bowness Knott 1093 333 Steeple, Ennerdale Water
Catbells 1481 451 Newlands Valley, Causey Pike, Skiddaw, Blencathra, Derwent Water
Carling Knott 1785 544 Grasmoor, Whiteside, Loweswater, North end of Crummock Water
Castle Crag 1381 421 Helvellyn, Great Dodd, Thirlmere
Dodd Wood 1647 502 Grisedale Pike, Bassenthwaite Lake
GowBarrow 1579 481 St Sunday Crag, Place Fell, High street, Ullswater
Great Mell Fell 1762 537 Blencathra, Great Dodd, distant Pennines
Hallin Fell 1273 388 Sheffield Pike, Skybarrow Dodd, Ullswater
Helm Crag 1329 405 Seat Sandal, Heron Pike, Grasmere
High Rigg 1125 343 Skiddaw, Blencathra, Great Dodd, Thirlmere
High Snockrigg 1726 526 Robinson, Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag, Fleetwith Pike, Butermere
King's How 1286 458 Dale Head, High Spy, Derwent Water
Latrigg 1207 368 Skiddaw, Blencathra, Great Gable, Derwent Water
Lingmoor Fell 1538 469 Langdale Pikes, Lingmoor Tarn, Blea Tarn
Loughrigg 1101 335 Heron Pike, Grasmere, Rydal Water, Elterwater, Loughrigg Tarn
Low Fell 1388 423 Mellbreak, Whiteside, Grasmoor, Fleetwith Pike, Crummock Water
Low Rigg 827 252 Clough Head, Blencathra, Castle Rigg stone circle, Tewet Tarn
Melbreak 1578 512 Grasmoor, Whiteless Pike, Crummock Water
Naddle Fell (North of High Rigg, not on OS Map 1171 357 Clough Head,Skiddaw, Blencathra, St John's in the Vale
Place Fell 2154 657 Helvellyn, Catstycam, High Street, Ullswater
Pikeawassa 1417 432 Place Fell, Beda Fell, Loadpot Hill, Ullswater
Rannerdale Knotts 1165 355 Mellbreak, Red Pike, Crummock Water
Raven Crag 1512 461 Helvellyn, Skybarrow Dodd, Thirlmere Reservoir
Rough Crag 1047 319 Scafells, Bowfell Group, Devoke Water (tarn)
Silver How 1294 395 Langdale Pikes, Heron Pike, Grasmere
Walla Crag 1243 379 Causey Pike, Grisedale Pike, Skiddaw, Derwent Water
Woodend Height and Yoadcastle 1621 494 Scafells, Bowfell group, Devoke Water (tarn), seascapes (Isle of Man)

Travel Information

For full details of bus, rail & ferry services to and within Cumbria, please telephone traveline on 0870 608 2 608. Lines open daily 07.00 - 20.00 hours.


For visitors with mobility problems, Shopmobility provides a range of wheelchairs and scooters in Kendal at the Westmorland Shopping Centre car park and a scooter in each of the following locations: Arnside, Milnthorpe, Bowness, Grange-over-Sands, Levens Hall (near Kendal), Holker Hall (near Cartmel), Quaker Tapestry exhibition (Kendal). Charges: Free to members, £2 per hour to visitors. ID with name & address required, weight restrictions apply. For more information: Tel. 01539 740933

Internet Cafes & Access in the Lakes

If you want to get online, here are some suggestions. Please phone first to check opening hours and availability. If you see any errors in this listing, or you'd like something to be added, email rod @

Bowness: The Elephant and Camel Cafe in Bowness
Great food and coffee, many options for vegetarian with a skilled chef.
4 Windermere Bank, Bowness, LA23 2JJ
Phone: 015394 88707

Cyberquest @ Laserquest
Bush Brow, Victoria Viaduct, Carlisle CA3 8AN
Tel: 01228 511155

Barrow - The Custom House at Abbey Road
This Grade 2 listed building dates from the 1860's and contains a modern chic restaurant and bar, internet café, function rooms and family activities. The restaurant provides a fine dining opportunity as well as lunch time snacks and quality coffee all through the day. Everything is freshly prepared to order, and there's a great choice, with a family friendly atmosphere. Internet access is provided in the NetZone, and if you want to eat and surf, WiFi connectivity is provided without charge if you dine in the restaurant and cellar lounge.
1 Abbey Street, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 5UF
Phone: 01229 823823 Web:

Carlisle - The Source Café
This whole food, organic cyber cafe, with a licensed bar and a live music venue is conveniently situated near Carlisle town centre. You can take in the view from the rooftops while you enjoy some of the delicious food or drink on offer. And you might like to check out the gallery after eating or surfing the web!
Atlas Works, Denton Holme, Carlisle CA2 5NB
Phone: 01228 595535 Web:

Glenridding Hotel, Ullswater

Maryport - The Port of Call
52 Senhouse St, Maryport CA15 6BS
Phone: 01900 810128

Maryport - Time Out
23 John Street, Maryport CA15 6JT
Phone: 01900 814866

Penrith - Giga Bites Internet Cafe
Relax in this informal cafe with Fairtrade tea and coffee and excellent, affordable food, while you go online at cheap rates. Located in the town centre with helpful support.
Eden Rural Foyer, Old London Road, Penrith, Cumbria
Phone: 01768 861650

Windermere - The Purple Chilli
4 Windermere Bank, Lake Road, Windermere LA23 2JJ
Phone: 015394 45657 Web:


Cumbria Libraries website will give you more information on locations of these libraries: they have internet facilities.

Internet and email

Barrow-in-Furness - Ramsden Square
Keswick - Heads Lane
Penrith - St Andrews Churchyard
Ulverston - Kings Road
Workington - Vulcans Lane

Internet only

Carlisle - Globe Lane
Grange-over-Sands - Grange Fell Road
Kendal - Stricklandgate
Maryport - Lawson Street
Silloth - Liddell Street
Whitehaven - Lowther Street
Windermere - Ellerthwaite

The Lakes' Top Attractions & Activities

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

Blackwell Arts & Crafts House

Muncaster Castle

Windermere Steamers

Lakes Aquarium

Ullswater Steamers

Lake District Guiding

Honister Mine Via Ferrata

Kendal Mountaineering Services

The Sheepdog Experience!

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Steam Yacht Gondola

Great Gable on the 19th May, overlooking Kirk Fell and Pillar in the background.

Click on the picture to see the full size version!

Lake District Guide Privacy Policy

Many of the images at the top of the pages on this website are from Andrew Leaney's website: This is a highly enjoyable website with many of Andrew's walks and photographs. And drone photography seems to be increasingly popular - look at this - for aerial photography  - amazing!

Lakeland places

London Visitor Guide

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Lakes walks can be found here.

You can also go here for many more Lake District walks.

And some great mountain walks are described here.

A collection of walks in the Lakes, taking you o'er dale and hill.

Top Ten Attractions
What we think might be the most enjoyable, impressive or entertaining attractions in the Lakes!

Lake District Therapists
If you need a massage therapist, counsellor, psychotherapist, or any other kind of complementary therapist, this is a listing of what the Lakes has to offer.

Lake District Photography
Amazing photography that sums up the timeless beauty & essential spirit of the English Lake District.

Lake District Shopping

Lake District What's On Guide

Lake District Internet Access

Lake District Food, Drink & Recipes

Lake District Weddings

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