7 Night Tour of the Lake District

Day 1

Drive south to Carlisle and take the A595 to Thursby then the A596 to Maryport on the west coast.

Things to see and do

  • Narrow guage railway steam trains
  • Brysons Tearoom

Camping                              Ravenglass campsite

Time to Travel                   Four Seasons Campers to Maryport 2 hours 49 mins

Day 2

Drive south to Buttermere then continue south down the B5289 over the Honister Pass to Seatoller before heading north again up by Derwentwater to Keswick.

Things to see and do

Camping

Derwentwater Camping and Caravan Club by Lake

Time to Travel

Maryport to Keswick via Seatoller

Day 3

Enjoy the delights of Keswick.

Things to see and do  

  • Eat at The Horse and Farrier Inn at Thelkeld
  • See a show at The Theatre by the Lake
  • Visit Portiscale – lovely café Chalet Tea rooms – deli plates and pizza
  • Whinlatter Forest Park – lots of trails and bike hire
  • Walk up Catsbells on the west side of the lake for fantastic views

Camping                             

Braithwaite Bridges Forest Campsite

Day 4

Drive south to Ambleside (rather than Windemere as is quieter and easier to park).  Continue south taking the A593 to Coniston.

Things to see and do

  • Lots of great places to eat
  • Day ticket on boat around Lake Windemere
  • Hawkshead – Beatrix Potter House
  • Hawskshead – National Trust
  • Walk: Tarn Hows circular 6 mile walk from Hawkshead

Camping

Coniston Park Coppice Motorhome and Caravan Club Site set in National Trust Woodland

Time to Travel

Keswick to Coniston 1 hour

Day 5

Take the B5285 east to the head of the lake then turn south down the east side of the lake and continue south to Grange-over-Sands.

Things to see and do     

  • Stop for coffee and cake at The Terrace Coffee House on Coniston Water
  • Visit pretty village of Cartmel and have a sticky toffee pudding at the village shop
  • Visit Cartmel Priory
  • Visit Holker Hall and Gardens

Camping

Templands Farm certified site Camping and Caravan Club

Time to Travel

Coniston to Grange-over-Sands (including detour to Cartmel) 1 hour

Day 6

Drive north to Kendal

Things to see and do

  • Abbot Hall Art Gallery
  • Kendal Castle
  • The Museum of Lakeland Life

Camping

Kendal Camping and Caravanning Club

Time to Travel

 Grange Over Sands to Kendal 30 mins

Day 7

Drive north to Moffat or alternatively drive to Galloway Forest Park

Things to see and do

  • Stop at Eskrigg Nature Reserve on route
  • Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall
  • Walk along the Annandale Way
  • Visit Moffat Toffee Shop
  • Dumfries RSPB Wood of Cree Reserve
  • Galloway Park was 1st Dark Sky park in UK

Camping             

Moffat Camping and Caravanning Club

Glentrool Camping and Caravan Site

Time to Travel

Kendal to Moffat 1 hour 34 mins

Kendal to Glentrool Campsite, Dumfries 2 hours 46 mins

Day 8

Drive north to Four Seasons Campers.

Time to Travel

 1 hour 45 mins from Moffat

2 hour 30 min from Dumfries