The Lake District

by | Dec 18, 2020 | Lake District

The Lake District National Park is now a World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular breaks for people across the UK and from further afield. It is England’s largest National Park and is an amazing place to visit and explore. The lakes, being the centrepiece are breath-taking with each having its own character, whilst there are also mountains (‘fells’ to the locals), picturesque valleys and a sandy coastline. The area is home to 12 of the largest lakes in England and one of the most naturally beautiful areas of Britain, it has over 3,000 kilometres of rights of way and there are a wide range of activities and attractions to fill your days. So what are you waiting for? Get your adventure on the road, simply pick your vehicle, select your dates and add from our range of trip extras to enhance your trip. Your Adventure Van Rental will give you the freedom to explore the top attractions the Lake District has to offer.

However you plan to enjoy the area, be it driving, walking, cycling or life on the lakes, at Adventure Van Rental we always aim to set up the vehicles with flexibility in mind. If you want to take your surfboards, paddleboards, bikes or tents simply let us know and we can set the vehicle up to make your adventure happen. We would love you to share your experiences, pictures and videos of your adventure with us through Facebook or Instagram.

Where to go

With an area totalling nearly 2,400 sq/km you won’t be short of things to do and places to visit whilst in the Lake District. There’s wide-open spaces, beautiful scenery, and plenty of hidden places to explore, so what better way to see the National Park than by hiring an Adventure Van? You’ll have much more freedom to hop around the area, stay in different locations and explore those amazing places that are often off of the beaten track or places you simply wouldn’t have got to if you were staying in one place.

We have a range of vehicles that will allow you to plan an motorhome adventure with the family, a romantic camper trip or an exploration trip with friends. The most important thing is to plan your visit carefully, so don’t forget to check out our range of extras, available to hire or buy, to complement your trip. For example, adding an awning will give you more living space or a BBQ to really make the most of meal times in the spectacular setting you will be staying in. At Adventure Van Rental, we’ll have everything ready and waiting for your adventure to get started.

With all this to go at, it’s hard to narrow down where to go and what to see, so check out some ideas below:

Tarn Hows

A stunning beauty spot created in Victorian times when a beck was dammed, leaving the tarns we see today. The Hows are the beautiful surrounding wooded hills.

Aira Force

This is waterfall is a must see and if water levels are high you will see natures power on display, with a 22 metre drop its an amazing site.

Surprise View at Derwent

Looking north from the south east corner of the river, this magnificent view of Derwentwater is well worth seeing. On a clear day you can even see Bassenthwaite Lake

Scafell Pike

At 978 metres Scafell Pike is England’s highest mountain so for the adventurers out there this should be on their list. Wasdale Head is the usual starting point for the challenge ahead. Give yourself time to enjoy the driver to Wasdale as, the route takes you alongside the amazing Wastwater, which is surrounded by Red Pike, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and of course Scafell Pike.

On clear days the views from the top of Scafell Pike are spectacular and if you are lucky you can sometimes see the Isle of Man and up to Scotland. However, don’t forget that conditions change quickly in the fells, be smart, plan ahead and don’t take risks tackling any Lakeland fells.


Grasmere is a charming village in the heart of the Lake District, with beautiful cottages and a number of shops, pubs and cafes to peruse. Treat yourself to some of the famous Grasmere Gingerbread on offer, which is still sold in original cottage where Sarah Nelson once lived and worked. The village is surrounding by the charming fells of Helm Crag to the south and Dunmail Raise to the north.

Coniston Boating Centre

Coniston Water is another beautiful lake, it is five miles long and a mile wide, dotted with sailing boats and surrounded by fells and woodland. On the banks of the lake you’ll find Coniston Boating Centre where you can hire motor boats, paddleboards, canoes, sailing dinghies and more.


This is the second largest lake in England at seven and a half miles long and a mile wide. With rolling hills to the north and mountains to the south, this is a truly magical lake. You can enjoy these stunning views by boat, bike and bus, or alternatively there’s the Ullswater Way, a 20-mile circular route around the lake.

Lanty’s Tarn

At the southern end of Ullswater and a short walk from Glenridding you’ll find the picturesque Lanty’s Tarn and you’ll get stunning views of the lake.

Honister Pass

This is one of the most scenic and breath-taking mountain routes in the Lake District. The pass climbs up from the eastern end of Borrowdale valley up to 1167 feet and drops down into the Buttermere with a gradient of 1 in 4.


Located on the shores of lake Windermere in between Ambleside and Windermere a visit to Brockhole is a must for all ages. You’ll be spoilt for choice as with activities aplenty its great for a family day out. There’s high rope attractions in the trees, a zip wire, you can enjoy the lake by hiring motor boats, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards, or why not try the adventure playground, a Woodland Faerie Trail or activities such as archery, mini-golf and laser clay shooting.

Once you’ve done all that you can relax in the Brockhole café, with a terrace overlooking the lake, or go to The Potting Shed and set up your picnic on the lawn.

Orrest Head

Located close to Windermere, Orrest Head is a spectacular viewpoint, which should not be missed if you are in the vicinity of Windermere as it’s only about a mile from the town centre. If you take the walk, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views across England’s largest lake and the fells beyond.

Gummer’s How

Slightly off the beaten track at the south eastern end of Windermere you’ll find Gummer’s How, which is a perfect family walk. Take a picnic and enjoy magnificent views of Windermere, Morecambe Bay and the Coniston and central Fells.


This fell is often overlooked for the more well know fells of the Lake District but don’t miss the chance to take in this one, particularly if you are in the vicinity of Keswick. Being one of the lowest fells in the Lakes it is accessible to all. It overlooks Keswick town and on a good day you’ll be able to see many of England’s highest peaks, including Scafell Pike.

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