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Lake District Guide

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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.

Explore the Lake District

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.

Transport

Car hire is the best way to truly appreciate Cumbria, as the train provides limited access.

By train
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.

By air
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.

Practical information

  • Currency
    British pound
  • Driving direction
    Left
  • City speed limit
    48 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    96 km/h
  • Language
    English

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Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).
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