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The lakes and hills of Cumbria, in Northwest England, arguably make up the country’s prettiest region, which is why 12 million people a year flock to the various towns dotted among the lakes. It inspired Wordsworth’s poems and the endless walking trails, views of the dales and opportunity for reflection will certainly inspire you too. Compare quotes for car hire in the Lake District here with us. We aim to find you the best deals online, so fill in the form above and let us do the rest. Opting for car rentals as your form of transport is a great idea, as it provides visitors with the freedom to explore.
There are sixteen lakes radiating out from a central core of mountains in the heart of the Lake District. Nearby there are also many undiscovered areas, and a range of outdoor activities, including sailing, skiing, water-skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking and para gliding are also offered.
Windermere - England's longest lake, is one of the most popular destinations, there are plenty of quaint B&Bs, pubs and shops to help make your getaway relaxing, however it is the walking that many come for, and trails along the lakes and over the rolling hills are numerous. The hike to Langdale Pikes in the awesome Langdale Valley is particularly rewarding, though a less strenuous option is to amble around the environs of the pretty village of Grasmere.
Keswick and the North Lakes area - home to the beautiful Borrowdale Valley exhibiting quaint little hamlet villages like Rosthwaite which are scattered along the valley. There is a wonderful, and interesting market town in Keswick and the village boasts lovely parks to walk and relax in, as well a number of shops.
In the west - Less crowded, but equally special is the west side of the Lake District, with spectacular scenery, with gorgeous reflections off the lakes and mountain peaks. There are even marinas and beaches to enjoy. Particularly dramatic is the scenery around Wastwater. The vast, breathtaking sands of Morecambe Bay are also a good place for solitude.
Carlisle - located to the north, is the area’s most historic town, and well worth a visit. Take a train ride through the hidden Eden Valley, along the Carlisle-Settle Railway for one of the most scenic trips in Europe. Another obligatory excursion is eastwards to see parts of Hadrian’s Wall, built by the Romans to keep the Picts at bay.
Car hire is the best way to truly appreciate Cumbria, as the train provides limited access.
Several fast trains a day leave from London’s Paddington station up the east coast, stopping in Carlisle with a local connection to several Cumbrian towns.
The nearest International airport is two hour's drive north at Glasgow Prestwick, but long-haul arrivals are rather limited.
Car hire is available from both the airport and nearby towns and villages of the Lake district, so if you are arriving by train or plane then please prebook car hire in the Lake District online with us today and save time on your arrival.