Whether you’re planning an action packed trip to the lakes for yourself and your friends or a relaxing getaway with your family or significant other, try these five great things to do in the Lake District to keep yourself occupied and entertained.
Walk and Enjoy the Scenery
Home to more spectacular scenery than anywhere else in Britain, the Lake District is the perfect destination for passionate walkers. Offering challenging trails and simple afternoon walking routes, the wide variety of walking paths in the Lake District give the region its famous reputation amongst walkers.
From short and accessible walks – the 1.6 track leading to Tarn Hows, in Coniston, is a great beginner walk – to advanced routes, the Lake District is full of fantastic trails, charming walkways, and great treks. For a great challenge, try the 7.5 mile trek from Ash Landing to Claife Heights, which offers great views of Lake Windermere.
Cycle in the Beautiful Hills
If walking is a little too slow-paced for you, think about riding through the region’s incredible scenery on a bicycle. From comfortable commuters to off-road mountain bikes, a wide range of different bicycles are available for rent in the Lake District’s top towns and tourist destinations.
Road cycling is a popular pastime in the Lake District, with hundreds of cyclists out to enjoy the region’s beautiful views and smooth roads every summer day. Off-road cyclists are also spoilt for choice, with a variety of great tracks – including downhill courses aimed at advanced riders – delivering thrills for all rider skill levels.
Boat, Board, and Ski on the Lakes
Lake Windermere is one of Britain’s best destinations for watersports fans. Ideal for waterskiing, wakeboarding, and boating, the Lake District is the perfect place to feel the thrills and excitement of a day spent out enjoying the water.
While strict 10mph speed limits make Lake Windermere a bad destination for high-speed water-skiers and adrenaline junkies, the lake’s calm atmosphere and beautiful scenery make it a wonderful place to enjoy a day spent boating or wakeboarding.
Eat, Drink, and Relax in Great Restaurants
From traditional pubs to ultra-modern restaurants, the Lake District is one of the best places in the country to enjoy a spectacular meal. From Kendal’s well-known Castle Dairy to Hawkshead Hill’s Drunken Duck Inn, the Lake District is home to some of Britain’s best pubs and restaurants.
Enjoy famous local treats like the Kendal Mint Cake, delicious grilled delicacies like locally produced lamb and beef, and other tasty dishes in one of the region’s great restaurants. After dinner, head out with your friends and family for a fresh brew in one of the Lake District’s many brewpubs and stylish bars.
Learn from Museums, Castles, and Galleries
There’s much more to Cumbria than just beautiful scenery and tasty food. Whether you’re passionate about Victorian history or graphite pencils, the Lake District has a museum, gallery, or historical destination that’s sure to cater to your interests.
From Beatrix Potter’s charming hideaway to The Cumberland Pencil Museum, you’ll have no trouble finding interesting destinations in the Lake District. Learn new facts about life in Cumbria in one of the region’s many charming museums and galleries.