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Top Free Parking Spots with access to Amazing Views

Whether you’re an avid walker, or simply want to enjoy some scenic photo ops for little cost, here at Windermere Marina Village we are sharing our top five places around The Lakes where you can park for free, with access to incredible views to enjoy your summer staycation.

1. Noble Knott, Whinlatter Forest

The only true ‘mountain forest’ in England, the stunning view from Noble Knott spans across Bassenthwaite Lake and the surrounding peaks. It provides numerous trails to explore for all abilities, immersing explorers in diverse flora and fauna. Noble Knott car park has 20 free parking spaces, with an ice cream van during Summer months, which can be found following a tight bend on the B5292.

Parking: Noble Knott Car Park

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2. Wansfell Pike from Troutbeck

With limited roadside parking available in the village itself, this popular and gentle walk 2.5 mile through Troutbeck leads up to Wansfell Pike and gives you wide ranging views across the surrounding peaks. But before you ascend, you’ll enjoy winding through picturesque woodlands and charming countryside scenery.

Parking: Troutbeck Village

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3. Rannerdale Knotts

Known famously for its blanket of bluebells in Spring, Rannerdale Knotts is home to some spectacular scenes all year around. The area is rich in folklore and history, with tales of battles fought on these slopes during the Norman period, meaning you’ll witness heritage and natural beauty in one place. You can find free parking in the National Trust car park at the foot, where you’ll also enjoy the picturesque Crummock Water.

Parking: Crummock Water Car Park

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4. Ennerdale Water

Ennerdale is a picturesque glacial lake spanning approximately 2.5 miles in length, surrounded by pristine wilderness. It offers a serene and unspoiled environment for nature lovers and hikers alike. You can access free nearby parking at Bowness Knott car park. It’s a great place to switch off from the everyday busyness of life, with the remote setting contributing to the lake’s untouched beauty, without major roads or developments nearby.

Parking: Bowness Knott Car Park

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5. Kirkstone Pass

The highest mountain range in the district, located between Windermere and Ullswater, Kirkstone Pass has 68 free parking spaces opposite the local Inn. Renowned for its scenic beauty and challenging driving conditions, it offers breathtaking vistas of rugged mountains and serene lakes. Offering walking routes for all abilities, you can also just stop for some great photo opportunities along the driving routes.

Parking: Kirkstone Inn

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