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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

Situated in the North West of England in the county of Cumbria, the Lake District is a national park full of gently rolling hills, vast stretches of water and picturesque historical sights. Also known as 'the Lakes', the area has just been listed as one of UNESCO's world heritage sites, making it one of the UK's 31 world heritage sites amongst places like Stonehenge, Bath and Westminster Abbey. 

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, Scafell Pike, sits around 3,209ft above sea level which makes it England's highest mountain. 

The park is the largest of the thirteen national parks in Britain, receiving over 18 million visitors per year - many of them using rail to get to Cumbria and then exploring the beautiful landscape afoot. The region's landscape is perfect for all kinds of outdoorsy activities, from walking to hiking, mountain biking and water sports. 

For those wanting to go on a more relaxing adventure, there are several steam trains taking visitors through the most beautiful parts of the district. The Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway is one of the oldest narrow gauge railways in England and runs between the villages of Ravenglass and Boot. It can easily be reached by national rail trains to Ravenglass station.


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