A recent Hyundai survey of 2,000 people in the UK has found that the Lake District is one of the top places in the world for a relaxing drive!
With that in mind, we've put together a list of some of the best relaxing routes in the Lake District. Whether you're driving yourself, cycling, or taking public transport, enjoy the scenery and feel your stress just melt away!
1. Keswick to Windermere
This stunning route is well-loved by many and takes in five lakes: Derwentwater, Thirlmere, Grasmere, Rydal Water, and Windermere. The towering mountains and rugged scenery of the Central Lakes are really stunning to behold and the enforced 40-mile-per-hour limit for a lot of the way means you don't feel too rushed en route. There are regular bus services along the route - including open-top busses in the summer - if you really want to sit back and relax.
2. Loweswater to Buttermere
The lesser-known western edge of the Lake District has a wealth of winding routes through hidden villages, but Loweswater to Buttermere is one of the most picturesque. Start at Fang's Brow above Loweswater and follow the hill down into the valley where you will pass through wooded areas close to the lake shore (keep an eye out for red squirrels!). After leaving the lake and following the road up and down and back and forth, you will find yourself back at Crummock Water, where you're so close to the water you could almost put your hand out and dip your fingers in! Onward to Crummock's twin lake of Buttermere, where you can stop off at the village for a tasty meal or a delicious ice cream at Syke Farm Tearoom. Past Buttermere you can continue up over Honister Pass into Borrowdale - it's a beautiful drive but very steep and twisting, so you may not consider it all that relaxing!
3. The Solway Coast
This one isn't technically within the Lake District National Park, but we still think it's well-worth a mention! Start at Maryport on the western edge of Cumbria and follow the road right up and into the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The road hugs the coast all the way until Skinburness and the landscape offers a wealth of interest. With views to Scotland over the Irish Sea, salt flats, stretches of sandy beaches, Roman heritage, and a wealth of birdlife, it's a really peaceful place to spend a day. On your way back, don't miss stopping off at Allonby for fish 'n' chips and to take in the spectacular sunsets that this area is known for.
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4. Penrith to Haweswater Reservoir
At the eastern reaches of the Lake District the landscape is generally more gentle and undulating than in the more craggy central region. The road leading from the market town of Penrith begins amongst this rolling countryside and benefits from far-reaching views over tranquil farmland. As you get closer to Haweswater, you will see the scenery develop into a slightly more rugged landscape. The man-made reservoir is nonetheless spectacular and the road, which runs along the full length of its south east shore, allows you to take in the full beauty of the pretty Mardale valley.
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The quiet valley of Eskdale can often be overlooked because it boasts no lakes, but it would be a mistake for any peace-seeker to miss out on a trip here. The narrow roads pass through wooded canopies, over babbling streams, close to splashing waterfalls, and across open areas with views of spectacular mountain scenery. On a summer's day wind the window down and listen out for the gentle "toot toot" of the Ravenglass and Eskdale miniature steam railway, lovingly known locally as the La'al Ratty. You can break up your drive with a stop at one of several pubs in Eskdale - all dog- and family-friendly and serving good food and ales - or enjoy one of the many sites in the valley. Why not take stretch your legs with a short walk up to Stanley Ghyll Force, enjoy a quick dip in the river at Trough House Bridge, or seek out Giggle Alley and the Japanese Garden? Whether you get about on wheels or on foot, you're bound to find your inner-peace in Eskdale!
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