Things to do in the Lake District
Famed for being one of the most scenic destinations in Europe, the Lake District is teeming with great things to do.
It’s particularly suited to travellers who like outdoorsy pursuits – but even if you’re a bookworm or the couch is your natural habitat, you’ll find plenty of activities in the area to suit.
Here are some of our favourite things to do in the Lake District.
Packed your walking shoes? Hiking is one of the most popular things to do in the Lake District, and it’s easy to see why. The hills, valleys and rocky outcrops of this part of Britain are spectacular and the best way to appreciate them is by trekking on foot.
No matter what your walking ability, you’ll find walking routes to suit you. The official Lake District National Park website has lots of ideas, including links to walking routes, an introduction to navigation for beginners, and details of activities for kids.
The clue’s in the name – of course somewhere famed for its lakes would also be a great place to take a boat ride. A range of boat companies offer rides across the Lake District biggest bodies of water; we’d particularly recommend lake cruises on Windermere, Derwentwater and Ullswater.
If you’d prefer to stay in control, you’ll also find lots of self drive and rowing boats to hire, so you and your family can keep your own timetable.
The Lake District has inspired some of the greatest poets and writers in English Literature; so if you’re of the bookish bent, you won’t be short of places to explore. Fans of William Wordsworth should be sure to visit Dove Cottage in Grasmere and Rydal Mount near Ambleside, both family homes of the poet.
Book lovers with young children shouldn’t miss a trip to The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windermere; it’s even got a lovely Peter Rabbit Garden. For older lovers of Potter’s work, take a trip to Hill Top, her farmhouse that’s been preserved by the National Trust as it was in her time. You can also visit filming locations from the movie, Miss Potter.
One of the UK’s quirkiest attractions, the Pencil Museum in Keswick is home to the world’s first pencil. It might sound boring, but this is a likely colourful place and one of the Lake District’s most loved sights. It’s particularly good for anyone travelling with lively children as there’s a play area for drawing and colouring.
If you’d rather enjoy the beauty of the Lake District from indoors, there are plenty of luxury cottages with scenic views to choose from. Lakeland Cottages specialises in self-catering accommodation in the Lake District: search their ‘Platinum Collection’ of accommodation for high-end houses with the best views. Elsewhere, Heart of the Lakes have a great selection too, and you might even find some hidden gems on Tripadvisor.
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