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The drive from Ravenstonedale to the Lakes via Shap, Askham and Pooley Bridge is very picturesque. The drive then involves a fabulous drive down the shores of Ullswater, arguably the most picturesque lake in the English Lake District. A boat trip on the lake with Ullswater Steamers
is definitely recommended. The rise to the summit of Kirkstone Pass adds drama and the descent into Ambleside offers lovely views over Lake Windermere. Finally a straightforward drive down to Kendal with an easy road to Ravenstonedale completes the circular route.
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This round trip takes in the main axis road of the Lake District, the A591, which essentially runs from the bottom of the Lakes (Kendal in the south) to the top (Keswick in the north). This route is a good start for those new to the Lake District as it offers a glimpse of popular places such as Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside, Rydal, Grasmere and Keswick along with Lake Windermere, Rydal Water, Grasmere and Thirlmere. There are also many variations of this route that give access to other popular Lakeland destinations such as Langdale, Coniston and Derwentwater. Note that in summer the A591 can become congested at times.