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The best accessible days out in the north west

Lake District Scenic Drive

View across Lake Buttermere in the English Lake District at sunset.
View across Lake Buttermere in the English Lake District at sunset. Credit: Visit England.

Starting at the market town of Cockermouth and winding through to Lake Windermere, this scenic route takes you through some of the most spectacular scenery of the Lake District. If you drive straight through without stopping, this 47 mile drive takes approximately 1 hr 35 mins, but it would be a shame to do that when there are so many accessible opportunities to stop off and enjoy the views.

There are fully-accessible paths down to the lakeshore at Loweswater and Lake Buttermere. Heading further south the scenery gets more dramatic over the 1167ft high Honister pass. The drive passes Derwentwater, into Keswick, then onto Grasmere, Ambleside and finally Windermere. A map is available on p.127 of the guide.


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Carmel Thomason
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Written by Carmel Thomason