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June 18, 2024

1-Day Lake District Itinerary: How to Spend the Perfect Day Near Kendal


Situated in Cumbria, the Lake District National Park is a stunning natural wonder that attracts millions of visitors each year. With its picturesque lakes, rolling hills, and quaint villages, it’s no wonder that this region is a top destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. 

If you’re staying at one of Holgates’ holiday parks near Kendal and only have one day to explore the Lake District, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with this perfect 1-day Lake District itinerary.

What are the Must-See Attractions Near Kendal?

To make the most of your day in the Lake District, focus on the attractions closest to Kendal. Some of the top spots to visit include:


As the largest lake in England, Windermere is a must-see on any Lake District itinerary. Take a scenic cruise around the lake, or simply admire the stunning views from the shore.


This charming  town sits at the head of Windermere and is a great base for exploring the central Lake District. Browse the local shops, enjoy a pub lunch, or take a stroll along the picturesque streets.


Famous for its association with the poet William Wordsworth, Grasmere is a lovely village surrounded by stunning scenery. Visit Wordsworth’s former home, Dove Cottage, or indulge in some delicious gingerbread from the local shop.

How to Get Around the Lake District Without a Car

If you don’t have a car, don’t worry – it’s still possible to explore the Lake District using public transport. The 555 bus runs regularly between Kendal and Keswick, stopping at many popular destinations along the way. You can also take a scenic boat cruise on Windermere, which is a great way to see the beauty of the Lake District from a different perspective.

1-Day Lake District Itinerary

Here’s a itinerary for a perfect day in the Lake District near Kendal:

  1. Morning: Take the 555 bus from Kendal to Windermere. Spend some time exploring the town and enjoying the views of the lake. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a short hike up to Orrest Head for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
  2. Late Morning: Hop back on the 555 bus and head to Ambleside. Take a stroll through the town centre, browse the local shops, and grab a bite to eat at one of the many cafes or pubs.
  3. Early Afternoon: From Ambleside, take a short bus ride to Grasmere. Visit Dove Cottage, where William Wordsworth once lived, or take a walk around the village and enjoy the stunning scenery. Don’t forget to try some of the famous Grasmere gingerbread!
  4. Late Afternoon: Take the bus back to Windermere and enjoy a scenic cruise around the lake. Admire the stunning views of the surrounding hills and mountains, and keep an eye out for local wildlife.
  5. Evening: Return to Kendal and relax at your Holgates holiday park after a day of exploring the beautiful Lake District.

Top Tips for Making the Most of Your Day Trip:

  • Start early to make the most of your day and avoid the crowds.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a waterproof jacket, as the weather can be unpredictable in the Lake District.
  • Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in one of the many scenic spots throughout the region.
  • Don’t try to cram too much into one day – focus on a few key attractions and take the time to enjoy the stunning scenery.  

Why Holgates is the Perfect Base for Your Lake District Adventure 

Our comfortable accommodations, excellent facilities, and range of on-site activities provide everything you need for a memorable stay in this beautiful region. Whether you’re travelling with family, friends, or on your own, Holgates’ friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere will make you feel right at home. 

And with easy access to the region’s top attractions, you’ll be perfectly positioned to make the most of your time in the Lake District.

Discover More Lake District Experiences with Holgates 

Whether you’re interested in hiking, sightseeing, or simply relaxing in the great outdoors, we can provide insider tips and recommendations to ensure you have an unforgettable experience. Speak with our friendly team today to learn more about the best things to see and do in the Lake District. We can help you plan your itinerary, provide maps and guides, and even assist with booking local tours and activities. 

Take a look at our other Lake District guides: why go camping in the Lake District? + top walking routes in the Lake District before booking your Holgates accommodation.

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