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Nearest train station to Lake District

Trains to the Lake District

The nearest train station to the Lake District is Oxenholme Rail Station, which serves as a good base to explore Kendal and the surrounding areas. However, depending on which part of the Lake District you wish to visit, you can also get trains to Windermere, Carlisle, Barrow, Kendal and Penrith. When travelling from within England you can get connections to the Lake District from many of the main stations, including Manchester, Newcastle, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, York and Leeds.

Lake District vista on a clear day

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About Lake District

Whilst the precise size of the Lake District is not defined formally, it is estimated at around 885 square miles (2,292 km2) spanning roughly 32 miles east-west and 40 miles north-south. The highest point is Scafell Pike which sits around 3,209ft above sea level.

The park is the largest of the thirteen national parks in Britain, receiving over 15 millions visitors per year, with annual day visits topping 22 million.


Lake District National Park Authority,
Murley Moss,
Oxenholme Road,

tel: 01539 724555 (Contact Centre)

Opening times

Opening times for public trails depend on the season, but it is advisable to check with the contact centre on suitable times to visit the parks. 

Useful links when visiting Lake District by train