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General information about the English Lake District!

Below, there's a list of Tourist Information Centres, Internet Access Locations, Statistics about the Lakes, Shopmobility, and Travel Information.

Try the Tourist Information Centres if you want information on almost anything - they're very helpful. We've got lots of other information for you as well. Click a link below to explore:

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Left Luggage Facilities

A reader emailed asking about left luggage facilities. The only one we know of is Daryl's cafe at Windermere, convenient for Windermere train station. You'll find Daryl's just over the road and down the hill from Windermere train station on the opposite side of the A591 to the Windermere Hotel.

 


Tourist Information Centres

If you're looking for information about travelling in the Lake District, there's a network of really helpful Tourist Information Centres. They really will help you make the most of your  holiday in the Lake District. Accommodation may be booked over the counter and credit card holders can take advantage of the Advance Accommodation Booking Service, available at the centres marked * in the list below.

O = open all year, W = reduced winter opening hours, S = seasonal

Ambleside (*,O)
Central Buildings
Market Cross, LA22 9BS
T: 015394  31576
E: amblesidetic@southlakeland.gov.uk

Barrow-in-Furness (O)
Forum 28, Duke Street, LA14 1HU
T: 01229  894784
E: touristinfo@barrowbc.gov.uk

Bowness (W)
Glebe Road, Bowness Bay, LA23 3HJ
T: 015394  42895
E: BownessTIC@lake-district.gov.uk

Broughton-in-Furness (*,O)
Town Hall, The Square, LA20 6JJ
T: 01229  716115
E: email@broughton-tic.fsnet.co.uk

Coniston (W)
Ruskin Avenue, LA21 8IEH
T: 015394   41533
E: ConistonTIC@lake-district.gov.uk

Grange-over-Sands (*,W)
Victoria Hall, Main Street, LA11 6DP
T: 015395  34026
E: grangetic@southlakeland.gov.uk

Grasmere (S)
Red Bank Road, LA22 95W
T: 015394  35245
E: GrasmereTIC@lake-district.gov.uk

Kendal (*,O)
Town Hall, Highgate, LA9 4DL
T: 01539 725758
E: kendaitic@southlakeland.gov.uk

Killington Lake (S)
Killington Lake Services,
M6 (southbound),
Nr Kendal, LA8 ONW
T: 015396  20138
E: killingtonlaketic@hotmail.com

Kirkby Lonsdale (*,W)
24 Main Street, LA6 2AE
T: 015242  71437
E: kitic@southlakeland.gov.uk

Sedbergh (W)
72 Main Street, LA10 5AD
T: 015396 20125
E: kltic@southlakeland.gov.uk

Ulverston (*,O)
Coronation Hall,
County Square, LA12 7LZ
T: 01229  587120
E: ulverstontic@southlakeland.gov.uk

Windermere (*,O)
Victoria Street, LA23 1AD
T: 015394  46499
E: windermeretic@southlakeland.gov.uk

 


Lakes in order of length 

Name

Length in miles

Width in miles

Depth in feet

Windermere

10.5

1.25

219

Ullswater

7.5

0.75

205

Coniston

5.25

0.5

184

Bassenthwaite Lake

4.0

0.75

70

Haweswater

4.0

0.5

198

Thirlmere

3.8

0.5

158

Derwentwater

3.5

1.25

172

Crummock water

3.4

0.8

144

Wastwater

3.1

0.5

260

Ennerdale

2.5

0.75

148

Esthwaite

1.5

0.5

80

Buttermere

1.25

0.8

95

Loweswater

1.25

0.8

60

Grasmere

1.0

0.5

75

Rydal Water

0.75

0.25

55

Brother's Water

0.4

0.25

70

Elterwater

0.4

0.25

70

 

 Lake District mountains over 2750 feet

Name

Location

Height, feet

Height, metres

Scafell Pike

Scafells

3210

978

Scafell

Scafells

3162

964

Helvellyn

Helvellyn Massif

3118

950

Skiddaw (High Man)

Skiddaw Massif

3053

931

Great End

Scafells

2948

910

Bowfell

Bowfell Group

2960

902

Great Gable

Great Gable Group

2949

899

Pillar

Pillar Group

2927

892

Nethermost Pike

Helvellyn Massif

2922

891

Catstycam

Helvellyn Massif

2919

890

Esk Pike

Bowfell Group

2903

885

High Crag

Helvellyn Massif

2903

885

Raise

Helvellyn Massif

2897

883

Fairfield

Fairfield Group

2863

873

Blencathra (Hallsfell Top)

Blencathra Group

2847

868

White Side

Helvellyn Massif

2832

863

Crinkle Crags, Long Top (second crinkle)

Bowfell Group

2816

859

Dollywaggon Pike

Helvellyn Massif

2815

858

Great Dodd

Dodds Group

2811

857

Grasmoor

Grasmoor Group

2795

852

Stybarrow Dodd

Dodds Group

2766

843

Scoat Fell

Pillar Group

2760

841

St Sunday Crag

Fairfield Group

2758

841

Crag Hill

Grasmoor Group

2751

839

 

Lower mountains with views

As many walkers know, better views can often be obtained from a low peak, with lakes, tarns and higher peaks close by, rather than on the higher peaks themselves. Some fairly low tops, in alphabetical order, worth visiting are:

 

Name of Mountain

Height, feet

Height, metres

Views can be obtained of:

Barrow

1494

455

Grisedale Pike, Skiddaw, Blencathra, Derwent Water

Binsey

1466

447

Skiddaw, Bassenthwaite Lake

Black Crag / Black Fell

1056

322

The Langdales, Windermere

Black Crag (below Gavel Fell )

1478

450

Grasmoor, Whiteside, Loweswater

Bowness Knott

1093

333

Steeple, Ennerdale Water

Catbells

1481

451

Newlands Valley, Causey Pike, Skiddaw, Blencathra, Derwent Water

Carling Knott

1785

544

Grasmoor, Whiteside, Loweswater, North end of Crummock Water

Castle Crag

1381

421

Helvellyn, Great Dodd, Thirlmere

Dodd Wood

1647

502

Grisedale Pike, Bassenthwaite Lake

GowBarrow

1579

481

St Sunday Crag, Place Fell, High street, Ullswater

Great Mell Fell

1762

537

Blencathra, Great Dodd, distant Pennines

Hallin Fell

1273

388

Sheffield Pike, Skybarrow Dodd, Ullswater

Helm Crag

1329

405

Seat Sandal, Heron Pike, Grasmere

High Rigg

1125

343

Skiddaw, Blencathra, Great Dodd, Thirlmere

High Snockrigg

1726

526

Robinson, Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag, Fleetwith Pike, Butermere

King's How

1286

458

Dale Head, High Spy, Derwent Water

Latrigg

1207

368

Skiddaw, Blencathra, Great Gable, Derwent Water

Lingmoor Fell

1538

469

Langdale Pikes, Lingmoor Tarn, Blea Tarn

Loughrigg

1101

335

Heron Pike, Grasmere, Rydal Water, Elterwater, Loughrigg Tarn

Low Fell

1388

423

Mellbreak, Whiteside, Grasmoor, Fleetwith Pike, Crummock Water

Low Rigg

827

252

Clough Head, Blencathra, Castle Rigg stone circle, Tewet Tarn

Melbreak

1578

512

Grasmoor, Whiteless Pike, Crummock Water

Naddle Fell (North of High Rigg, not on OS Map

1171

357

Clough Head,Skiddaw, Blencathra, St John's in the Vale

Place Fell

2154

657

Helvellyn, Catstycam, High Street, Ullswater

Pikeawassa

1417

432

Place Fell, Beda Fell, Loadpot Hill, Ullswater

Rannerdale Knotts

1165

355

Mellbreak, Red Pike, Crummock Water

Raven Crag

1512

461

Helvellyn, Skybarrow Dodd, Thirlmere Reservoir

Rough Crag

1047

319

Scafells, Bowfell Group, Devoke Water (tarn)

Silver How

1294

395

Langdale Pikes, Heron Pike, Grasmere

Walla Crag

1243

379

Causey Pike, Grisedale Pike, Skiddaw, Derwent Water

Woodend Height and Yoadcastle

1621

494

Scafells, Bowfell group, Devoke Water (tarn), seascapes (Isle of Man)


Travel Information

For full details of bus, rail & ferry services to and within Cumbria, please telephone traveline on 0870 608 2 608. Lines open daily 07.00 - 20.00 hours.  www.traveline.org.uk

Shopmobility

For visitors with mobility problems, Shopmobility provides a range of wheelchairs and scooters in Kendal at the Westmorland Shopping Centre car park and a scooter in each of the following locations: Arnside, Milnthorpe, Bowness, Grange-over-Sands, Levens Hall (near Kendal), Holker Hall (near Cartmel), Quaker Tapestry exhibition (Kendal). Charges: Free to members, £2 per hour to visitors. ID with name & address required, weight restrictions apply. For more information: Tel. 01539 740933

Internet Cafes & Access in the Lakes

If you want to get online, here are some suggestions. Please phone first to check opening hours and availability. If you see any errors in this listing, or you'd like something to be added, email rod @ lake-district-guides.co.uk

Bowness: The Elephant and Camel Cafe in Bowness
Great food and coffee, many options for vegetarian with a skilled chef.
4 Windermere Bank, Bowness, LA23 2JJ 
Phone: 015394 88707 

Cyberquest @ Laserquest
Bush Brow, Victoria Viaduct, Carlisle CA3 8AN
Tel: 01228 511155

Barrow - The Custom House at Abbey Road
This Grade 2 listed building dates from the 1860's and contains a modern chic restaurant and bar, internet café, function rooms and family activities. The restaurant provides a fine dining opportunity as well as lunch time snacks and quality coffee all through the day. Everything is freshly prepared to order, and there's a great choice, with a family friendly atmosphere. Internet access is provided in the NetZone, and if you want to eat and surf, WiFi connectivity is provided without charge if you dine in the restaurant and cellar lounge. 
1 Abbey Street, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 5UF
Phone: 01229 823823 Web: www.1abbeyroad.co.uk

Carlisle - The Source Café
This whole food, organic cyber cafe, with a licensed bar and a live music venue is conveniently situated near Carlisle town centre. You can take in the view from the rooftops while you enjoy some of the delicious food or drink on offer. And you might like to check out the gallery after eating or surfing the web!
Atlas Works, Denton Holme, Carlisle CA2 5NB
Phone: 01228 595535 Web: www.source-cafe.com

Glenridding Hotel, Ullswater

www.bw-glenriddinghotel.co.uk

Maryport - The Port of Call
52 Senhouse St, Maryport CA15 6BS
Phone: 01900 810128

Maryport - Time Out
23 John Street, Maryport CA15 6JT
Phone: 01900 814866 

Penrith - Giga Bites Internet Cafe
Relax in this informal cafe with Fairtrade tea and coffee and excellent, affordable food, while you go online at cheap rates. Located in the town centre with helpful  support. 
Eden Rural Foyer, Old London Road, Penrith, Cumbria
Phone: 01768 861650 

Windermere - The Purple Chilli
4 Windermere Bank, Lake Road, Windermere LA23 2JJ
Phone: 015394 45657  Web: www.purplechilli-bowness.co.uk
 

Libraries

Cumbria Libraries website will give you more information on locations of these libraries: they have internet facilities.

Internet and email

Barrow-in-Furness - Ramsden Square 
Keswick - Heads Lane
Penrith - St Andrews Churchyard
Ulverston - Kings Road
Workington - Vulcans Lane

Internet only

Carlisle - Globe Lane
Grange-over-Sands - Grange Fell Road
Kendal - Stricklandgate
Maryport - Lawson Street
Silloth - Liddell Street
Whitehaven - Lowther Street
Windermere - Ellerthwaite

 

Great prices on hotel rooms in the Lakes!
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English Heritage in the English Lake District

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Shopping in the Lakes

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