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Hoping to tackle some of the Lake District’s major hiking trails or explore its various historic towns? Getting there by train couldn’t be easier. There are several stations in this stunning region, including Penrith – often called the Gateway to the Lakes – and Carlisle – Cumbria’s highly historic main city. You could also hop off the train at Oxenholme where you’ll be able to catch connecting services to Kendal or Windermere.
TransPennine Express trains to The Lake District, Cumbria, call at Oxenholme The Lake District (where you can change trains to arrive in Windermere just 20 minutes later), Penrith North Lakes, and Carlisle. A great network of local bus services link the train stations with local towns and villages, with more travel information available on Visit Lake District.
Bike hire is also available in many areas, with a comprehensive list of hire services here.
Buying cheap train tickets to the Lake District is simple with TransPennine Express. In fact, there are several things you can do to save a few pennies and pounds, including buying your tickets in advance and directly with us to avoid any booking fees. It’s also worth getting a Railcard. These handy passes can help cut your ticket costs by up to 50%, and you’ll find an option to suit most travelers.
Your final station stop will likely depend on where you’re visiting in the Lake District. Staying on the outskirts of the region but still want easy access to hikes and fantastic restaurants? Catch a train to Carlisle, Lancaster or Penrith. Alternatively, if your final destination is in the heart of the Lakes, hop off at Oxenholme and take a connecting train or bus service to Kendal, Windermere and beyond.
Your journey time by train to the Lake District will depend on which stop you get off at and where you’re leaving from. Travelling from Manchester to Oxenholme? You’ll be onboard for just over an hour, while average Liverpool to Oxenholme train durations are slightly longer at 75 minutes. If Penrith is your final destination, it’ll take you just under 2 hours from Glasgow and 90 minutes from Edinburgh.
The Lake District is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (and rightly so!). This is a haven for nature lovers, with plenty of walking trails along the mountains, lakes and valleys. The Lake District is also famous for its quaint towns and villages, such as Kendal and Ambleside. If you love charming cobbled streets, historic castles, and cozy pubs, a visit to the Lake District could be up your street.
Amongst the must-visit attractions is Lake Windermere, England's longest lake, where you can take a lake cruise from Bowness. For a taste of Cumbrian city life, be sure to explore Carlisle, complete with its magnificent castle partly built from stone from the nearby Hadrian’s Wall. If you love the ocean, why not head to the Lake District’s only coastal village, Ravenglass, where you can take a narrow gauge railway into the Western Lake District, the home of England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike.
The Lake District, Cumbria boasts countless producers of mouth-watering food and drink, many of whom use only the finest locally sourced ingredients. From the famous flavours of Cumberland Sausage, Grasmere Gingerbread and Kendal Mint Cake, to locally produced cheese and lovingly-brewed ales. Check out the wide range of options here.
From wines and gins to chutneys and cheeses, the Lake District's homegrown produce is available to take away, to cook, or to give as a gift for your loved ones, or even just as a treat for yourself. From high street stores in Carlisle, Kendal and Barrow to bespoke independent outlets in market towns like Ulverston and Cockermouth, the Lake District has it covered.
For more ideas of things to do, check out Visit Lake District.
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