Self-Drive Holidays
5 Nights
  • Fully customisable itinerary
  • Prices from: £755 per person
  • Best time to go: April - October
  • Transport: Rental car included (optional)


The Lakes
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From Derwentwater in the north to Windermere in the south, there are over sixteen lakes spread across the Lake District. Take to the water on a guided boat tour or paddle across under your own steam and watch the world drift by.

Roam the hills
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With classic trails and quaint paths criss-crossing the area, the Lake District is a walker’s paradise. Enjoy the great outdoors and climb England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike. After a day in the hills, relax in a local inn and listen to your fellow hikers’ stories from the day.

Literary history
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The Lakes have inspired many literary greats. Explore the lives and stories of Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth at their dedicated museums.

Charming villages
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Exploring the many picturesque villages in the Lake District. From Grasmere to Hawkshead, the distinct slate material in the buildings and winding lanes contribute to the Lake District’s UNESCO World Heritage status.

Historic wonders
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Ancient history is all around, from the 5,000-year-old stone circle at Castlerigg to the scenic Roman Fort of Hardknott.

The great outdoors
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In addition to hillwalking and water-based activities, there are many other outdoor activities to enjoy. Bike hire and horseback riding are available in Keswick, or you could travel to nearby Whinlatter Forest where you can spot rare wildlife and enjoy panoramic views across Bassenthwaite Lake.

A Stunning Self-Drive Tour in the Lake District

This tour of England’s magnificent Lake District explores one of the most scenic and iconic locations in the UK.

With its many lakes to navigate and mountains to climb, this is a true paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy an idyllic retreat in picturesque towns and villages, and learn about the fascinating literary and historical past of this beautiful area.

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The Lake District is undeniably one of England’s most scenic locations. It is the largest national park in the country and the only park in the UK with World Heritage status, due to the way the area has been shaped over the centuries, by farming, mining and tourism. With lakes and hills aplenty, charming villages and historic sites to visit, there is a whole host of activities to enjoy.

This tour spends quality time exploring the Lake District in all its glory. Whether you decide to climb Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, or enjoy a rewarding day walking in the fells, you will be treated with stunning views.

Explore one of the many lakes on a boat tour, or paddle yourself and watch the world drift by. Walk through the quaint villages of Grasmere and Hawkshead, with their winding lanes and classic slate built homes. Or visit one of the lovely museums in the area and learn how the Lakes inspired great literary figures such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

Suggested Itinerary

The holiday ideas on our website are just examples of the amazing trips we offer. Think of this itinerary as a starting point which can be tailored into something completely unique to you by our award-winning specialists.

We love the opportunity to use our first-hand knowledge and experience to design and deliver the perfect, bespoke holiday experience for you.

Day 1: Arrive in the Lake District
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Arrive in the Lake District, England’s mountain country where the opportunities for exploration are endless. Take to the hills, roaming over historic trails offering classic mountain views. Or cruise across one of the many lakes.

Your first destination is Keswick, situated in the north of the Lake District on the shores of Derwentwater.
Overnight – Keswick

Day 2: North Lakes Sightseeing
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A full day to explore all the sites in the northern region of the Lakes. Begin with a tour on Derwentwater and explore one of its several islands. Or walk around the ancient stone circle of Castlerigg. Enjoy the surrounding lakes and valleys and all they have to offer.
Overnight – Keswick

Day 3: Keswick to Grasmere
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Travel south to the central lakes and explore the charming village of Grasmere – a picturesque and classic Lakeland destination. Discover the history of Grasmere’s most famous resident, the poet William Wordsworth.
Overnight – Grasmere

Day 4: West Lakes Sightseeing
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Today you could explore the western stretches of the Lake District. Visit the well-preserved Hardknott Roman Fort or the majestic Muncaster Castle.

Alternatively, enjoy the views from England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike.
Overnight – Grasmere

Day 5: South Lakes Sightseeing
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Visit some of the most popular sites in the Lake District, such as exploring the famous Lake Windermere by boat. Walk around the charming village of Hawkshead with its quaint streets and shops, or amble through the picturesque village of Coniston.
Overnight – Grasmere

Day 6: Depart the Lake District
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This is when your Highlights of The Lake District self-drive tour comes to an end.

What's Included?

Your holiday includes:

  • Carefully selected en-suite accommodation for 5 nights including traditional English breakfast
  • Comprehensive information pack
  • Personalised itinerary with our recommendations for the best places to eat and drink and sightseeing suggestions
  • Map of England with our recommended driving route
  • 6 days rental of an Economy car (other vehicle categories available) including comprehensive insurance
  • 24-hour emergency contact number
  • Full financial protection

Your holiday doesn't include:

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Lunches and evening meals

Accommodation & Prices

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We know that after a busy day of sightseeing an exceptional place to stay makes all the difference. That’s why all of the accommodation we select is hand-picked using our first-hand knowledge of the best places to stay.

Our discerning team has a wealth of experience, and we extensively research and regularly review all of the accommodation we select for our clients.

Please choose from one of our accommodation categories below. If you wish to combine these categories or perhaps upgrade for a special occasion let us know in your enquiry.

Accommodation type
Price per person
4* Guest Houses and 3* Hotels
From £755

A collection of quality 4* Guest Houses and 3* Hotels often located in beautiful locations which provide an excellent standard of accommodation.

Tastefully decorated and furnished, these properties are generally owned and operated by locals who have a genuine passion for their region which they are keen to share with you. Their warm hospitality is sure to be a highlight of your experience.

Boutique Guest Houses and 4* Hotels
From £1140

Our Premium category includes a unique collection of luxurious and stylish boutique Guest Houses and small 4* Hotels. These are wonderfully charming and intimate and run with great flair by their owners.

It also comprises larger 4* Hotels selected for their high standard of accommodation, exceptional service, and great location. These range from traditional luxury to contemporary Hotels.

Special Places to Stay
Exceptional Hotels and luxury Resorts
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From award-winning luxury Hotels to unique country retreats, all of which offer exceptional accommodation with superb facilities and outstanding service.

These are truly magical places and amongst the best England has to offer. The perfect choice when you would like somewhere really special which can be a treat for the night or for your entire holiday.

Car Hire

Our packages include car rental and comprehensive insurance for the duration of your holiday. Absolute Escapes has an excellent relationship with a number of car hire operators and we are able to offer quality vehicles and great value for money.

If you plan to bring your own vehicle, we are also able to offer this itinerary without a rental car.

All our packages include:

  • Collision Damage Waiver
  • Super Damage Excess Waiver
  • Third Party Insurance
  • Theft Waiver
  • Tax
Vauxhall Corsa or similar
  • Good for 2 people
  • Maximum of 4 passengers
  • 2 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
Ford Focus or similar
  • Good for 2 – 4 people
  • Maximum of 5 passengers
  • 2 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
Volkswagen Passat or similar
  • Good for up to 4 people
  • Maximum of 5 passengers
  • 3 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
VW Sharan or similar
  • Good for 5 people
  • Maximum of 7 passengers
  • 3 – 4 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission

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