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Things to do in the Lake District

Jul 29, 2022
Kayaking in the Lake District
Famous for its rolling hills, beautiful lakes and atmospheric walking trails, the Lake District is a haven for nature lovers. It is located in Cumbria and is home to England’s highest mountain – the 978-metres Scafell Pike. It was also the place of inspiration for many writers over the centuries, such as Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. 

If you’re looking for things to do here over the weekend, you’re in safe hands. Choose from sports activities like paddle boarding and kayaking, or opt for something more laid-back like a boat tour. One thing is sure: there is never a dull moment in this part of the North West!

Outdoor activities


The Lake District is hard to beat when it comes to outdoor adventures. Whether you love the adrenaline of a hike, want to try a new water sport or prefer admiring Cumbria’s spectacular natural scenery from the comfort of a boat – this region has it all.

Try kayaking, paddle boarding and more


Calling all sports enthusiasts! With so many bodies of water, from lakes to canals and rivers, it’s no surprise that kayaking and paddle boarding are a firm favourite among visitors and locals.


Visit Windermere, Ullswater, Coniston Water and Derwentwater to admire the lakes from another perspective. Beginners can join a group led by a guide, while those more experienced can rent their own equipment. Other water-based activities include windsurfing, diving and canoeing.

Castlerigg Stone Circle


There are more than 300 stone circles in England, but not many are as fascinating as Castlerigg. Located on a hill west of Keswick, it is among the oldest in the country, dating back to the Neolithic period.


With its 38 stones, Castlerigg offers a suggestive atmosphere, particularly at sunset. If you want to spend a relaxing afternoon with your family, this is your go-to place. Keep your eyes peeled for sheep as they roam freely around the land.

Whinlatter Forest Park


Home to rare wildlife, scenic walking and cycling trails, and unspoilt stretches of open countryside – Whinlatter Forest Park represents the Lake District at its finest.


You can bring your own bike or rent one on site to make the most of climbs and descends for dramatic views. You can also join fitness sessions, including meditation and running. If you love animals and would like to contribute, you can record the wildlife you come across during your visit to help local volunteers protect habitats.


Indoor activities


A bit of rain shouldn’t stop anyone from enjoying the Lake District. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, you’ll find plenty of indoor activities to take advantage of. Find our top picks below.

Stop at Grasmere Gingerbread


If you think you know what gingerbread tastes like, forget all about it. Grasmere gingerbread is a whole other story.


This little shop was invented by Victorian baker Sarah Nelson in 1854 and is located in the quaint village of Grasmere. Sweet yet spicy, gooey in the middle and crumbly on top – a visit to the Lake District simply isn’t complete without trying this delicious treat.


Address: Church Cottage, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9SW

Visit Wray Castle


This Victorian neo-gothic building is a great option for a rainy day. Found on the western shores of Lake Windermere, Wray Castle was built in 1840 and is owned by the National Trust.


The castle’s grounds are open all year round, with extensive stretches of parkland to stroll around. If you’re visiting with children, there is also a lot of room for indoor play, with arts and crafts workshops and dressing-up games to keep everyone entertained.


Visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wray-castle for more information on opening times and ticket prices.

Spend an afternoon at the Aquarium


If you want to give your children a day to remember, why not take them to the Aquarium? This award-winning site boasts the UK’s largest collection of freshwater fish.


You can find clownfish, piranhas, otters, thornback rays, and you name it. Download the map beforehand to make the most of your experience.