If you love the outdoors the the Lake District is the place to go, there are countless walking, cycling route, hundreds of hills to climb and many lakes to explore by boat or canoe. We have compiled a list of the 10 things we would recommend you do when you visit the Lake District. Most of these of the list are family friendly.
Walk up the tallest mountain in England – Scafell Pike
Why not take the family to the highest mountain in Britian? Starting from Wasdale Head, this route involves a walk to the summet at 978m (3209ft) and should take the novice walker about 6-8 hours to complete. Wasdale head to the summet and back is around 10 miles, so comfortable sturdy footware is essential. Most of the route is off road over rocks and gravel so only do this activity if you are sure-footed. The summet of Scafell Pike is absolutely beautiful and a must see for any outdoor enthusiast visiting the area!
Day out on the Ullswater ‘Steamers’.
Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is an award winning environmentally accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 years of operating cruises on England’s most beautiful lake. Operating one of the largest heritage vessel fleets in the world, offering visitors an experience they will never forget for 363 days a year. Cruises connect to some of the most famous and iconic walking routes in the National Park, with views of Wordsworth’s Daffodils on the west shore in Spring. Excellent facilities onboard include open deck and covered upper deck seating areas in addition to covered downstairs saloons, licensed bars and toilets. Excellent facilities also located at the Pier Houses including free Wi-Fi.
Ullswater runs a serpentine course for eight miles through expansive vistas of Lakeland’s highest mountains. Helvellyn at 3,117ft (950m) crowns Ullswater, at the South-Western end of the valley, standing on a mighty plateau approximately 9 miles (14.5km) in length and 4.5 miles (7km) wide. The ‘Steamers’ operate an all year service with varying timetable connections between Glenridding, Howtown, Pooley Bridge Piers and between Glenridding and National Trust Aira Force Pier.
Visit the most scenic railway in Britain – The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Take a ride on the most scenic railaway in Britain, a 7 mile journey from Ravenglass station to Dalegarth in West Cumbria. The fleet of steam engines provide an extra dimension of awe and beauty on top of the fascinating scenery. Dogs are welcome (small charge applies).
Ghyll scrambling and canyoning
For an adrenaline fueled day out, ghyll scrambling is the choice of many. Also known as gorge walking or canyoning, scrambling involves sliding down natural rock chutes, jumping off waterfalls into crystal clear plunge pools. In order to slide or jump down, you must first climb/scramble up the waterfalls and ghylls. Ghyll scrambling is a brilliant family day out and certain routes are suitable for children aged 8+
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Via-ferrata at Honister Slate Mine
Via Ferrata is a route high up on the hills consisting of iron foot holds, rope bridges and a long way down! Using rope and nerves of steel, the guides take you on a challenging route high up the Honister Pass. you will encounter, cliff edge ladders, burma bridges and suspended rope crossings. Honister offer two different packages, first there is the the Via-Ferrata Classic which takes you on the original miners route. This is a perfect introduction to step outside of your comfort zone, but it not as challenging as the Via-Ferrata Extreme which takes you to 7x higher than Big Ben! Check out this video below to see what it is about!
Arguably one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Lake District, The World Of Beatrix Potter is a great way to spend a few hours when visitng Bowness-on-Windermere. Here you meet the likes of Peter Rabbit, Jamima Puddle-duck and their friends in a magical indoor recreation, all while exploring the history of Beatrix Potter’s life. A must see if you were a fan of the books when growing up!
Cycling is undoubtedly one of the most popular things to do while visiting the lake district. Routes can vary from the leisurely and flat (perfect for families) to expert level routes where you really need to know what you are doing. For road cyclists, there are endless quiet country roads for you to lap up the miles or you could take on the infamouse Fred Whitton Challenge route, which takes you over the ‘Big Six’ Lake District passes. This route is for seriously fit cyclists only as it is 112 miles long and incorporated 16500ft of climbing. For more information about the Fred Whitton route please click here. Family cycling routes can be found here.
Mountain biking is another extremely popular sport in the Lake District with hundreds of mapped routes ranging from leisurely bridal paths to the expert level ‘off-piste’ routes.
Sailing/Canoeing and Watersports at Derwentwater Marina
Derwentwater Marina and their unique location on the shores of Derwent Water allows us to offer a varied and interesting range of adventurous activities to groups and individuals. They provide the courses and taster session in the following activities: Sailing, Windsurfing, Canoeing, Kayaking and Stand up Paddle boarding. activity sessions such as: Group Canoeing, Raft Building and Ghyll Scrambling can also be arranged for group activities.