Suggested tours

Lake Windermere, Hawkshead and Coniston Water

Heading out from Coniston on a 26.5 mile drive which takes in Hawkshead and Lake Windermere’s south-east shore, this picturesque journey reveals some of Cumbria’s most beloved regions.

Surrounded by ancient woodland and mountains, Coniston Water plays host each summer to a Victorian steam yacht gondola, where visitors can cruise the lake in elegant saloons. John Ruskin’s Brantwood home is also on the doorstep, where you can explore the gardens and scenery which inspired the artist’s work.

After a fun-filled morning in Coniston, a great spot to stop for lunch is the pretty village of Hawkshead. Preserving an idyllic timeless feel, the village is free from motorised vehicles, with a large carpark on the outskirts. Visitors can choose from a wide selection of tea rooms, cafes, delicatessens and traditional pubs, serving quality local dishes to help fuel the next stage of your journey.

Last stop is Lake Windermere, England's largest lake and one of most popular areas in Cumbria. From here you can set whatever tone for your holiday you choose, whether it’s getting active with watersports or sitting back in a boat. The bustling market town of Bowness-on-Windermere offers superb retail therapy with a host of boutiques and high-end fashion stores, or you can pick up gifts and souvenirs at the World of Beatrix Potter museum and shop before returning to your welcoming motorhome.

Keswick and the northern lakes

Bookending Derwent Water, this route starts in Borrowdale and skirts Buttermere before circling back round to Keswick, taking in 19.5 miles of peaceful views.

Starting out in the Borrowdale Valley and south Derwent Water, you’ll find idyllic lakeshore picnicking and even the occasional otter. From here, it’s just a short stretch to Buttermere, which offers a relaxing 2-3 hour walk around the lake as well as Scale Force, the highest waterfall in the Lake District.

To get up close to the stunning scenery, jump back in the motorhome and head to Braithwaite village at the foot of the Whinlatter Pass, where some of Cumbria’s best walking and mountain biking routes can be found. Hike up the Lakeland Fells or spot wildlife in Whinlatter Forest, England’s only mountain forest, where red squirrels and ospreys can often be seen, before returning for a well-earned cuppa.

Finally, the route will take you to Keswick, an ideal location for family holidays with a wide range of attractions for all ages. Kids and thrill seekers will love the area’s outdoor activity centres, offering everything from horse riding and archery to zip lining and caving. Or for the truly brave at heart, the daunting high wire Infinity Bridge - the longest bridge of its type in Britain - hangs 2000 feet above the valley and offers breathtaking views all the way to Scotland!

Scafell, Whitehaven and Cockermouth

The route from Lamplugh to Cockermouth showcases Cumbria’s spectacular western coast over a 55.3 mile drive from the comfort of your Swift Go motorhome.

Beginning in Lamplugh at the heart of Copeland’s walking country, the journey winds through lush pastureland before skirting the border of the Lake District National Park and arriving in Calder Bridge. Here you’ll find riverside walks alongside the magical ruins of Calder Abbey, as well as a range of welcoming pubs.

The drive then veers east towards Wastwater, set against a dramatic backdrop of mountains, where the route up Scafell Pike, England’s tallest mountain, starts. Popular with hikers, mountain bikers and orienteerers, it’s a challenging climb but worth it for the views.

Head north towards the coast and you’ll find Whitehaven, a pretty Georgian seaport that’s a perfect spot for lunch. Go for a paddle at St Bees Beach, explore the 17th century harbour where tall sailing ships can often be seen, or simply enjoy the sea views.

Last stop is Cockermouth, a popular market town known for its excellent independent stores and seafood. History buffs will enjoy the Norman Cockermouth Castle and William Wordsworth’s childhood home, Wordsworth House. Or for something a little different, try out an alpaca walk just outside Cockermouth, allowing you to take in the scenery with the help of a fluffy companion.