5 Charming Villages and Towns to Visit in the Lake District

We've rounded up the area's most beautiful villages and towns ahead of your next northern getaway.

A visit to the Lake District is worthwhile, no matter your interests or what kind of adventure you crave. A collection of idyllic villages and towns, set in a region of breathtaking natural beauty, it is a charming area where you can find a peaceful retreat or an exciting outdoor adventure. What are the best villages in the Lake District? It is hard to choose the best village in the Lake District because there are so many amazing options. Everywhere you look, you will find stunning landscapes, delightful towns, and a wealth of history and culture. Here, we offer a closer look at five amazing Lake District destinations. 

Ambleside - The Gateway to Tranquillity

If you are looking for a great starting point for a Lake District holiday, Ambleside’s amazing trails, panoramic views, and quaint streets , provide a varied experience that’s a great introduction to the area. One of the best towns in the Lake District, Ambleside offers a charming atmosphere in which to roam, experiencing eclectic  shops, cafes, and restaurants, along with interesting things to do like visiting the Armitt Museum and Library or Bridge House, an iconic spot that is one of the most photographed in the area. St Mary’s Church offers a place to site in  quiet prayer within a gorgeous architectural space, built in the early Gothic style of  the 1850s. If you prefer more natural wonders, do not miss the Stock Ghyll Force, a spectacular 70-foot waterfall amid Ambleside’s rocky hills. A network of scenic trails allows visitors to experience breathtaking views of its surrounding countryside filled with  majestic peaks and serene lakes. 

Grasmere - Where Nature and Poetry Unite

For those with a literary bent, Grasmere is a must-visit Lake District location. William Wordsworth lived in this picturesque village, and considered it not only the most beautiful place in the Lake District, but indeed, ‘the loveliest spot that man hath ever found’. If this connection is what brings you to Grasmere, make the pilgrimage to the writer’s former home, Dove Cottage, and then visit the Wordsworth Museum. Spend some time outdoors, enjoying the beautiful countryside, maybe walking around Grasmere Lake or taking a picnic to Easedale Tarn, where you can work up an appetite with a healthy walk past Sour Milk Ghyll. Finish your day by hiking Helm Crag to catch the sunset, and do not leave Grasmere without sampling some delicious Grasmere gingerbread. 

Hawkshead - Timeless Charm and Literary Heritage

While you are visiting literary locations, do not miss Hawkshead. Picturesque and bursting with Old English charm, Hawkshead is the Lake District village that was once the home of Beatrix Potter. There are charming gift shops and quaint cafes and tea rooms to visit, and in addition to strolling through a village full of historic architecture, you can visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery to view some of the artist’s original illustrations. Furthermore, the local Grammar School once had William Wordsworth as a pupil. Enjoy the timeless appeal  of Hawkshead’s wind beaten cottages and cobblestone streets as you remind yourself that it is a real place and not a movie set, as perfect as it might seem!

Cartmel - Quaint Village with Culinary Delights

There is a reason Cartmel is painted so often; everywhere you look is a street, cottage, or vista, bathed in soft light, worthy of capturing. The medieval Norman Priory offers a chance to enjoy its rich history, the Cartmel Racecourse is both historic and thrilling, and two of this small town’s  restaurants have made history of their own, earning Michelin stars. Both L’Enclume and Rogan and Co are spectacular restaurants under the umbrella of renowned chef Simon Rogan, providing a true foodie experience in the midst of Cartmel’s ancient streets and charming cottages. Do not miss the market square, and make sure you try some dessert at Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding. 


Bowness-on-Windermere - Lakeside Elegance

One of the Lake District’s most popular destinations, Bowness-on-Windermere is a lakeside gem with a touch of elegance. Located on the eastern shore of Lake Windemere, this bustling holiday town offers a winning blend of tranquillity and liveliness, with delightful cafes, picturesque shops, and traditional inns to provide you with a place of respite from the world. There is amazing shopping in Bowness-on-Windemere, and the town is one of the primary centres of outdoor activities in the UK. Visit the Bowness Promenade for beautiful lakeside views, or take advantage of the wide array of activities available, including golfing, walking, horseback riding, waterskiing, and sailing. Visit the 15th century church of St Martin’s, or spend the day at The World of Beatrix Potter, where the author’s magical tales are brought to life. You will find delicious baked goods at the Café at the World of Beatrix Potter, or you can enjoy lakeside dining at the Boardwalk Bar and Grill or the Lake View Garden Bar. You can also dine on traditional pub food at the Angel Inn, or find locally sourced seasonal offerings at The Flying Pig. 

Exploring the Best Towns in the Lake District with Together Travel

When you are ready to experience all the Lake District has to offer, Together Travel Co. is here to bring your holiday dreams to life. In fact, all across the UK, we offer a wide variety of accommodations, from coastal cottages in North Wales to luxury lodges in North YorkshireNo matter where your travels take you, we will be there, with a wealth of luxury cottages for you to enjoy. Find out how we can make your holiday amazing by contacting our expert concierge team at +44(0)1625 416430 or emailing us for more information.