Lake District car hire

By David Atkinson, your Lake District expert

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Hiring a car in Lake District

Car hire a popular option to explore the Lake District.

See our money-saving guide on Car Hire for how to get the best deals.

See also my Lake District flights page for advice on local airports.

Hire from Manchester Airport

Alamo (www.alamo.co.uk), Avis (www.avis.co.uk), Budget Car Rental (www.budget.co.uk), Enterprise Rent-A-Car (www.enterprise.co.uk), Europcar (www.europcar.co.uk), Hertz (www.hertz.co.uk), National (www.nationalcar.co.uk) and Sixt (www.sixt.co.uk) have desks in all three terminals.

Hire from Blackpool International Airport

Avis (www.avis.co.uk), Europcar (www.europcar.co.uk) and Hertz (www.hertz.co.uk), are based at the airport. Hertz are located outside arrivals, while Europcar and Avis are located in the car park just outside the terminal doors.

Hire from Glasgow Airport

Alamo (www.alamo.co.uk), Avis (www.avis.co.uk), Budget Car Rental (www.budget.co.uk), Enterprise Rent-A-Car (www.enterprise.co.uk), Europcar (www.europcar.co.uk), Hertz (www.hertz.co.uk) and National (www.nationalcar.co.uk) can all be found on the ground floor of the airport terminal.

Hire from Newcastle International Airport

Alamo (www.alamo.co.uk), Avis (www.avis.co.uk), Europcar (www.europcar.co.uk), Hertz (www.hertz.co.uk) and National (www.nationalcar.co.uk) can all be found on the ground floor of the airport terminal, opposite domestic arrivals.

Hire from Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Alamo (www.alamo.co.uk), Avis (www.avis.co.uk), Budget Car Rental (www.budget.co.uk), Enterprise Rent-A-Car (www.enterprise.co.uk), Europcar (www.europcar.co.uk) and Hertz (www.hertz.co.uk) have offices on the ground floor of the short-stay car park directly opposite the terminal building.

Hiring a car in the Lake District

Carlisle: Car hire operators include Avis (Carlisle Car Hire, 99 London Road, Carlisle CA1 2LS; +44 844 5446048; www.avis.co.uk), Enterprise Rent-A-Car (10 Church Street, Caldewgate, Carlisle CA2 5TF; +44 1228 599877; www.enterprise.co.uk), Europcar (Corner of Junction Street and Dalston Road CA2 5UG; +44 1228 542707; www.euopcar.co.uk) and Hertz (St Nicolas Industrial Estate, Lancaster Street, Carlisle CA1 1TF; +44 843 309 3016; www.hertz.co.uk).

Kendal: Car hire operator Enterprise Rent-A-Car (Former Sixt Kennings, Station Road, Kendal LA9 6BT; +44 1539 725500; www.enterprise.co.uk).

Penrith: Car hire operator Enterprise Rent-A-Car (c/o David Hayton Peugeot, Haweswater Road, Penrith CA11 9EU; +44 1768 893840; www.enterprise.co.uk).

What you need to know about car hire

Having your own transport in the Lake District is a definite bonus, enabling you to see a whole lot more at your own pace.

Do bear in mind that the Lake District is renowned for its traffic jams as well as its beautiful scenery, so ensure you set off in good time to reach your destination if you are visiting during peak periods.

Likewise, due to the rural nature of the area, parking at some key tourist destinations can be limited so set off early if you want to bag a plum spot.

You must be a minimum of 21 years of age to hire a car.

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