7 days in Cotswolds, Peak District & Lake District Itinerary

7 days in Cotswolds, Peak District & Lake District Itinerary

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7 days in Cotswolds, Peak District & Lake District Itinerary

Start: Bournemouth
Drive:  2 h 15 min
1
Bourton-on-the-Water
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Bakewell
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Windermere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Penrith
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
End: Bournemouth

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day
Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water ©
Bourton-on-the-Water is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England that lies on a wide flat vale within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to The Model Village, then look for all kinds of wild species at Birdland, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cotswolds Distillery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Greystones Farm.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bourton-on-the-Water sightseeing planning app.

Bournemouth to Bourton-on-the-Water is an approximately 2.5- hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bakewell.

Things to do in Bourton-on-the-Water

Wildlife Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Cotswolds Distillery
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Cotswolds Distillery ©
Cotswolds Distillery
Birdland ©
Birdland
The Model Village ©
The Model Village

1
night
Bakewell

Bakewell ©
Bakewell is a small market town and civil parish in the Derbyshire Dales district of Derbyshire, England, well known for the local confection Bakewell pudding. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Peak Cavern, then Head underground at Speedwell Cavern, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ladybower Reservoir, and finally browse the exhibits of Chatsworth House.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bakewell trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bourton-on-the-Water to Bakewell in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Bakewell can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Windermere.

Things to do in Bakewell

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Castleton, Ladybower Reservoir
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Chatsworth House ©
Chatsworth House
Ladybower Reservoir ©
Ladybower Reservoir
Speedwell Cavern ©
Speedwell Cavern

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nights
Windermere

Windermere ©
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Predator Experience Ltd, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Windermere. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Wordsworth Daffodil Garden, stop by The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Silecroft Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Windermere trip maker app.

You can drive from Bakewell to Windermere in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Penrith.

Things to do in Windermere

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Grasmere, Boat Tours & Water Sports, Predator Experience Ltd, Silecroft Beach
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Predator Experience Ltd ©
Predator Experience Ltd
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Lake Windermere ©
Lake Windermere

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nights
Penrith

Penrith ©
Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Aira Force Waterfall, trek along Hallin Fell, then look for gifts at Chestnut House, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Appleby Brewery. On the next day, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Lakes Distillery, explore the activities along Derwentwater, and then tee off at Penrith Golf Centre and Driving Range.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Penrith trip maker site.

You can drive from Windermere to Penrith in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Penrith are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Penrith

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Derwentwater, The Lakes Distillery
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Aira Force Waterfall ©
Aira Force Waterfall
Derwentwater ©
Derwentwater
The Lakes Distillery ©
The Lakes Distillery

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