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North England car itinerary

3 Days

Lake District - Hawes - York - Durham - North Pennines - Kielder Water

202 miles (326.2 km)

Plan your route: VisitBritain Journey Planner

Scenic splendour of lakes and mountains, castles, dramatic coastlines and glorious National Parks, combined with the medieval cities of York and Durham, lively Blackpool and Manchester, world renowned for its football.

Day 1: The Lake District - Hawes

The Lake District - Hawes: 27 miles (43.8 km)

The Lake District

From Manchester head north to the Lake District – an exceptional beautiful region dotted with freshwater lakes and surrounded by spectacular fells and ancient woodlands. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a yachtsman, a wildlife lover, a walker or a climber – you’ll simply love it here!


From the Northern Lakes, leave the park and go south to Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Regarded as the capital of Upper Wensleydale, Hawes is said to be one of the highest market towns in England and is famous for its handmade Wensleydale cheese.

Dales Countryside Museum | Wensleydale Creamery | The Hawes Ropemaker | The Cat Pottery

Day 2: York - Durham

Hawes – York: 63 miles (102.5 km)
York - Durham: 75 miles (120.6 km)
Totals for day: 138 miles (223.1 km)


Romans, Saxons, Vikings and Normans have all left their mark on York , from the ruined walls that enclose the centre, to the great Minster that dominates the city. Just walking through the narrow cobbled streets and among the wooden houses is like entering a living museum.

Must see & do:

York Minster | JORVIK - The Viking City | York Castle Museum | York Dungeon | National Railway Museum | Castle Howard | YorkBoat Guided River Tours | Yorkshire Air Museum | York Racecourse | Clifford’s Tower


Next on to the former principality of Durham. Take a moment to stroll through the twisting, medieval cobblestone streets that lead up to the great Norman Cathedral. You’ll soon discover why Bill Bryson once described Durham as 'a perfect little city'.

Must see & do:

Museum of Archaeology | Durham Cathedral | Treasures of St Cuthbert | Durham Castle | Bear Bottoms

Day 3: North Pennines - Kielder Water

Durham - North Pennines: 37 miles (59.4 km)
North Pennines - Kielder Water: 85 miles (138 km)
Totals for Day: 122 miles (197.4 km)

North Pennines

The final part of your tour takes you on a scenic drive through the wild open moors of the North Pennines to Hadrian's Wall. This World Heritage structure was built almost 2,000 years ago and traverses Britain from coast to coast.

Must see & do:

The Village Bakery | Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre

Kielder Water

Continue north, and just before the Scottish border you’ll hit Kielder Water. Tucked between wooded hills, you can hire boats and bikes here, and even rent a log cabin. The area abounds with rare plants and animals, and offers unparalleled peace and tranquillity.

Kielder Water and Forest Park | Pot-A-Doodle-Do Arts and Crafts

  • 城市小憩
    • Giants Causeway Source:© Andras-J (Flickr)


    • View of the City from banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland Source:© Britainonview / - Britain on View

      格拉斯哥憑藉藝術裝飾啤酒店、時尚名店、文化中心而以蘇格蘭時尚之都著稱,并以 20 余座博物館和藝術館,以及一年一度的表演藝術節目和節慶而引以為豪。

    • Wales Millennium Centre Source:© Britainonview / David Angel


    • Tate Liverpool Source:© e-peps (Flickr)


    • Views to Tower Bridge from the south side of the River Thames at night, London, England Source:© Britainonview / James McCormick
      London City Guide


  • 一起來玩戶外活動
    • Ring of Brodgar, Orkney Source:© Shadowgate (Flickr)

      The Orkney archipelago is an opportunity to explore prehistory, wildlife and seascapes, while enjoying the relaxed pace of life and genuine...

    • Sunset in Cornwall Source:© midlander1231 (Flickr)

      康沃爾地處英格蘭西南端最遠處 ,擁有各種海岸、沼澤和鄉村的不同地形。如此景致最適合在潔淨海灘放鬆,在風景宜人的環境中徒步旅行,并開展刺激的水上活動。郡內豐富多樣的歷史遺跡留下許多迷人的城堡、宅邸和花園供遊客欣賞參觀。

    • Royal Pavilion at night, Brighton Source:© Britainonview / - Britain on View

      England’s favourite seaside city, Brighton is historic, elegant and offbeat and the perfect place for a break.

    • Mountain Y Garn in Snowdonia Source:© Richard0 (Flickr)


    • The Cotswolds Source:© Christopher Chan (Flickr)

      科茨沃爾德坐落於 Stratford-upon-Avon、巴斯 (Bath) 及牛津這些迷人城市之間的平緩小山區。

  • 歷史遺產
    • Thermae Bath Spa is Britain's original and only thermal bath spa set in the busy city of Bath, England © Britainonview / Jon Spaull Source:VBimages - 21974131

      宏偉的古羅馬遺跡,壯麗的喬治王朝建築,溫泉水療中心,以及一流的購物中心 - 巴斯應有盡有。古羅馬人當初在建造巴斯浴池時就頗有概念,只要您來此一遊,保證讓您回味無窮。

    • Shakespeares birthplace © floato (Flickr)
      斯特拉特福德 – 莎士比亞出生地

      East Gate Clock Tower, Chester Source:© Britainonview / Ingrid Rasmussen


      Ancient, dynamic, traditional, exciting, Chester is one of Britain's best breaks. The city offers classy architecture, world class heritage,...

    • Eton College, Windsor Source:© Reverend Dan

      溫莎,一個將歷史、完善的購物和飲食、體育、休閒活動和事件融合的短期度假目的地。 13 處旅遊景點的所在地,包括溫莎堡、伊頓公學和樂高樂園。

    • York Minster Source:© Nick Garrod