Outbound Collective logo

Exploring the United Kingdom's Lake District

One of the most beautiful areas of the UK full of mountains, lakes and countryside!

By: Alex Coleman + Save to a List

Coming from the South East of England this is quite a drive (5/6 hours) but it's mainly on the motorway so not a difficult one! There is plenty of parking around in general but be prepared to pay for most of it, there isn't much in the way of places to quickly pull over for a photo. Most of the carparks won't cost more than £5 to park and nearly everything is free to get to afterwards. There is lots to see if you are interested in landscapes and it certainly offers some of the best in the UK. Be prepared for some fairly difficult treks to get up some of the mountains, they are steep and the wind gets very strong at the top so ensure you have suitable clothes to keep you warm! Some places are only a short walk away from the car park however like Buttermere and most of the lakes. Be prepared for the weather to change quickly so always check the forecasts and just be aware that lots of areas don't have much in the way of signal. 

Where we visited:

- Loughrigg Fell/Tarn
- Buttermere
- Rydal Water
- Dove Crag
- Derwent Water
- Whinlatter Forest
- Wrynose Pass

What to Pack:

- Backpack
- Camera/drone
- Good hiking boots and suitable clothing (some areas get very boggy)
- Water and snacks
- Torch

Here are some more images:

Rydal Water


Dove Crag

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Do you love the outdoors?

Yep, us too. That's why we send you the best local adventures, stories, and expert advice, right to your inbox.


The North of England: Backpacking in The UK on a Budget

Veronica Pembleton

Breathing in the Scottish Highlands

Matthew Clark

Planning to visit Dublin? Here's how (and why) to day trip out to Howth Harbor

Jenna Mulligan