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23 May 2019

What To Do in The Lake District

The Lake District is not only one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty and breathtaking scenery in Britain, but it also boasts some of the most stunning landscapes in the world. In fact, The Lake District National Park now enjoys status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognising our beautiful region as an area with worldwide importance and value.

You could quite happily get lost exploring our many lakes, woodland, walks, peaks or partake in one of the many outdoor excursions available, there’s certainly lots to keep you occupied in The Lakes. We at The Lake District Pound have proudly compiled a list of things to do in The Lake District, and where you can enjoy them.

 

Explore Lake Windermere

There’s plenty to do around and on England’s longest lake. With a Windermere Lake Cruise, you can choose the length of your cruise to suit your plans for the day, which typically range from 45 minutes to a full 3-hour cruise.

Once onboard, you’ll be transported across the calm waters of Lake Windermere where you can drink in the glorious scenery, from secluded bays and isolated islands to the calming countryside and imposing mountains beyond. This is one tourist attraction that we recommend taking the time out for.

 

Enjoy our Arts & Culture

The landscapes of The Lakes have awed and inspired many creative minds across the years. Radicals and pioneers have had their minds opened by the breathtaking beauty of our region, and it’s easy to see why.

From the paintings of John Ruskin to the descriptive stanzas of William Wordsworth, you can delve into their imaginations and inspirations with some fantastic attractions across the region. Beatrix Potter is arguably The Lake District’s most famous adopted daughter. Taking up residence in Sawrey at the famous Hill Top House, she brought to life her charming creations in the comfort of this historic home.

There’s plenty for Beatrix Potter fans to explore, from the many attractions of The World of Beatrix Potter to the popular Peter Rabbit and Friends gift shop, there’s a great deal worth visiting.

 

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

If you want to fully indulge in The Lake District, the best way to the heart is via the stomach! There’s a huge amount of amazing eateries to sample in The Lakes, from renowned Michelin Star restaurants to hidden gems and hearty, home-cooked food, we’ve got locations to suit all tastes and all tipples.

Sample sweet treats such as the world famous Kendal Mint Cake renowned for keeping many a fell-walker going, an award-winning gluten-free and speciality cakes like Westmorland Pepper Fruit Cake or a Chocolate Nancy from Ginger Bakers or indulge in the ever-popular Choccobar experience just a few minutes up the hill from the shores of Windermere.

If propping up the bar is more your thing, there’s plenty of amazing spots to enjoy a sup. From artisan, independent businesses such as multi-award winning pub The Crafty Baa in Windermere which offers over 100 craft beers, Fell Brewery and their Fell Bar in Kendal to the amazing, informative tours (and beers) of Keswick Brewery, there’s something to keep every ale enthusiast entertained in The Lakes.

 

Get An Eye for Adventure

It probably goes without saying that there’s some excellent outdoor pursuits and activities to be enjoyed, with The Lake District’s stunning scenery providing one of the world’s best backdrops for outdoor adventure enthusiasts.

If you’d like to try your hand at boating or canoeing on one of the region’s many beautiful lakes, Coniston Boating Centre is a great place to start and is ideal for all experience levels. If the water is not really your thing, there’s plenty of activities to be enjoyed on dry land.

If you’ve got a head for heights, Honister Slate Mine is well worth a visit. From climbing the mines to mustering the courage to cross the infamous infinity bridge, there are all sorts to do for all age types. If you prefer to go more off the beaten track with your adventuring exploits, The Lake District has some of the country’s best mountain biking forest roads and bridleways, rock climbing locations and hill climbing routes to explore.

We recommend getting kitted out at Brucie’s Bike Shop in Kendal or paying a visit to The Climbers Shop in Ambleside for all the latest gear. But what if the notorious Lake District weather is working against you?

 

What To Do in The Lake District When it Rains

If you’re searching for things to do in The Lake District when it rains, you’ll find some excellent indoor facilities available to ensure that being stuck inside doesn’t dampen your spirits.

Both Keswick Climbing Wall and The Lakeland Climbing Centre’s Kendal Wall offer world class climbing facilities that will excite enthusiasts and challenge experts. In fact, the latter of the two is one of the largest aerial adventure centres in the United Kingdom, boasting England’s tallest indoor climbing wall, bouldering rooms and Europe’s first indoor Via Ferrata.

We can only give you suggestions on what to do in The Lake District, and of course, we could be here all day! What we really recommend, is heading out into the great outdoors, sampling our stunning scenery, connecting with our communities and exploring all that The Lake District has to offer with The Lake District Pound.