Looking for something to do in the Lake District? Known for its dramatic scenery and wonderful atmosphere, the Lake District is one of Britain’s favourite holiday destinations for individuals, couples and families alike.
From fellwalking to mountain biking, the Lake District is home to hundreds of great things to do. These five activities, provided by SLParks.co.uk, cover the best of the Lake District for adventurers, culinary enthusiasts and history gurus alike.
1. Climb the Lake District’s finest hills
The Lake District is widely regarded as England’s top hillwalking destination, with hundreds of trails spread throughout the region. From light walks to long trips up demanding trails, there’s a hill walk for every skill level on offer in the Lake District.
Great beginner walks include Orrest Head, which will take beginner walkers as little as 20 minutes to climb, Cat Bells, and Hallin Fell, which offers incredible panoramic views of Ullswater from its summit.
2. Visit stunning historical destinations
From Roman fortifications to beautiful English churches, the Lake District is home to a wide range of historical buildings. History gurus will have a field day exploring the Lake District’s best historical sites and inspiring culturally significant buildings.
The Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere is an excellent destination for your Lake District history tour. Another great historical destination is Castlerigg – a prehistoric stone circle located close to Keswick.
3. Enter the World of Beatrix Potter
Fans of the Peter Rabbit children’s books will love The World of Beatrix Potter – an excellent exhibit located in the centre of Windermere. This tribute to the late author takes visitors deep into the world of Peter Rabbit, Miss Tiggy-Winkle, and others.
While the exhibit is undeniably aimed at kids, adults that grew up on Miss Potter’s charming stories will certainly enjoy the nostalgia. The attraction includes a great café for parents to relax in while the children explore.
4. Sample the Lake District’s great cuisine
Cumbria may not be known as an English culinary hotspot, but the region’s wide range of sweets, treats and tasty meals make it an excellent place to enjoy great food.
Whether you dine in charming country pubs or great local restaurants, the food of the Lake District is sure to keep you satisfied. Try a Kendal Mint Cake – one of the region’s most popular sweet snacks – or sample delicious locally farmed lamb.
5. Enjoy a day on the water
No trip to the Lake District would be complete without spending some time out on the water. While strict speed limits on most lakes make water sports difficult, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the lakes.
Rent a kayak and explore the shoreline, or depart on a sailing lesson and truly get a feel for the water. For less adventurous visitors, there are numerous ferries that can take you across the main lakes, often at very reasonable prices.
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