9 Of The Most Quaint, Idyllic Villages In The Lake District And Cumbria

9 Of The Most Quaint, Idyllic Villages In The Lake District And Cumbria

The Lake District National Park in Cumbria is one of our favourite places to visit in the world. The views in the Lakes are some of the most impressive sights that you’ll ever see and usually leave you with a feeling of awe. But, as well as the gorgeous views, the villages in the Lake District & the rest of Cumbria are some of the most idyllic places to visit ever. Hidden in huge valleys and net to gorgeous babbling brooks or vast likes these sleepy villages look like they’ve not been touched by time and are well worth a visit.

Villages In Lake District
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1. Cartmel

The ancient village of Cartmel is home to the 12th Century cartmel Priory that has beautiful stained windows. Outside the priory you are led down to the village square with its idyllic scene of a market cross, water pump and fish clabs. Visit the Priory Gatehouse, which is a Heritage Centre depicting the history of the village and monastery.

2. Elterwater

Situated in the valley of Great Langdale, Elterwater is a beautiful village in the Lakde District that has a small lake with the same name just 800m south-east of the village. Around a quarter of the houses in Elterwater are permanently occupied, and the rest are holiday cottages.

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3. Pooley Bridge

Found in the northwestern side of Cumbria, Pooley Bridge takes its name from a bridge over the River Earmont. The village has hotels, pubs and surrounding walks making it the perfect weekend away for those looking for looking for a wholesome countryside stay.

4. Grasmere

One of the most popular tourist locations in Cumbria, found in the centre of the Lake District, it was made famous by poets William and Dorothy WOrdsworth who lived in Grasmere for 14 years. The village is named after the lake adjacent to it.

5. Coniston

Famous for stunning village setting and invigorating walks, COniston is a great place to visit with decent pubs, and cafes. You can enjoy pottering around the quaint village, why not take a visit to the village church as well?

6. Hawkshead

Found in Cumbria in the South Lakeland area, its home to the Hawkshead Brewery, that is inspired by the area around it. There is the hamlets of Hawkshead Hill and Outgate nearby to visit, as well as the small village itself.

7. Seatoller

Found in the Borrowdale district in the Lake District, Seatoller is known as being one of the more popular places to start the ascent of Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. 

8. Dent

Dent, originally a part of the historic boundaries of West Riding of Yorkshire is now in Cumbria. The charming village is just south east of Sebergh, ‘the book village’ and is surrounded by the Dentdale valley within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

9. Boot

Found in the Eskdale region of the Lake District, which is the heart of the national Park. It’s location means that it is central to most activities in the Lakes such as Scarfell Pike. Despite only having 20 or so residents it boasts a post office, craft shop, corn mill museum and two traditional Inns.

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