The Lake District

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  • 1. Borrowdale Fells

    Mountain

    These steep fells rise up dramatically behind Seatoller. Get out and walk whenever inspiration strikes. Trails are well signposted, or you can...Read More

  • 2. Castlegate House Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

    One of the region's best galleries, Castlegate displays and sells outstanding contemporary works, many by Cumbrian artists. There's a wonderful...Read More

  • 3. Castlerigg Stone Circle

    Ruins

    A Neolithic monument about 100 feet in diameter, this stone circle was built around 3,000 years ago on a hill overlooking St. John's Vale. The...Read More

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  • 4. Bridge House

    Notable Building

    This tiny 17th-century stone building, once an apple store, perches on an arched stone bridge spanning Stone Beck. It may have been built here...Read More

  • 5. Brockhole

    Garden

    A lakeside 19th-century mansion with 30 acres of terraced gardens sloping down to the water, Brockhole serves as the park's official visitor...Read More

  • 6. Cartmel Priory

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in 1190, the huge Cartmel Priory survived the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century because it was also the village church...Read More

  • 7. Derwentwater

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    To understand why Derwentwater is considered one of England's finest lakes, take a short walk from Keswick's town center to the lakeshore and...Read More

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  • 8. Hawkshead Brewery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    It may not have the Lake District's most picturesque setting—in Staveley, between Windermere and Kendal—but for beer lovers, there are few better...Read More

  • 9. Helvellyn

    Mountain

    West of Ullswater's southern end, the brooding presence of Helvellyn (3,118 feet), one of the Lake District's most formidable mountains and...Read More

  • 10. Honister Pass and Buttermere

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Beyond Seatoller, B5289 turns westward through Honister Pass (1,176 feet) and Buttermere Fell. Boulders line the road, which is one of the most...Read More

  • 11. Orrest Head

    Viewpoint

    To escape the traffic and have a view of Windermere, set out on foot and follow the signs to the left of the Windermere Hotel to Orrest Head...Read More

  • 12. Penrith Castle

    Castle/Palace

    The evocative remains of this 15th-century redbrick castle stand high above a steep, now-dry moat. Home of the maligned Richard, Duke of Gloucester...Read More

  • 13. Penrith Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    In a 16th-century building that served as a school from 1670 to the 1970s, this museum contains Stone Age axe heads, interesting fossils and...Read More

  • 14. Rheged

    Visitor Center

    Named for the Celtic kingdom of Cumbria, Rheged is a modern, grass-covered visitor center with activities for kids and some interesting free...Read More

  • 15. Scafell Pike

    Mountain

    England's highest mountain at 3,210 feet, Scafell (pronounced scar -fell) Pike is visible from Seatoller. One route up the mountain, for experienced...Read More

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