Cumbria's Lake District is a vast space made up of marauding mountains, looming lakes and leafy villages, which makes it the number one spot for Brits looking to holiday at home.

A certain charm seems to roam throughout the Lake District. From locals to wildlife, it offers adventure and comfort.

What people miss, however, are the stunning villages that would make you believe you've been transported to another time.

Here we take a look at 5 of the prettiest towns in the Lake District:


Sitting between Windermere and Coniston, the centre of this village has been designated a traffic-free zone, so you can get a uniquely olde-worlde enjoyment from it.

With narrow ginnels, cobbled courtyards and whitewashed buildings, it’s just what you’d imagine when picturing a pretty village. There’s plenty for old and young to see too, with connections to Wordsworth and the Beatrix Potter Gallery, as well as some lovely independent shops and quirky cafés.


Once home to William Wordsworth and his family, Grasmere still retains the character that inspired much of the poet’s work. You’ll pass slate-built cottages on your way to the nearby lake, which offers a gentle walk.

There are independent shops, restaurants, cafés and art galleries to explore, as well as the grand scenery of the surrounding countryside.


According to Sally's Villages, this petite village in the valley of Eskdale is surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery and is home to a handful of handsome buildings.

Glorious walks beckon from the door, including up the fells to Blea Tarn and Burnmoor Tarn.

The high hills around here are wild and isolated, where you’ll feel completely free from the pressures of everyday life. 


Seatoller sits at the foot of Honister Pass – one of the Lake District’s famous high road passes – and mostly comprises slate-clad miners' cottages with gorgeous views.

Bundled together in this modest village, the buildings feel cosy and welcoming, with a real traditional air. The surrounding countryside, too, is perfect for a walking holiday and makes the location truly idyllic.


In an area known locally as Back o’ Skiddaw, Caldbeck is a wonderful village with colourful houses, a mining history, and riverside walks.

As one of the lesser-visited areas of the Lake District, you can enjoy fantastic scenery without the crowds.