Things to do in the Lake District

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By the Avanti Web Team

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3 min read | 28 May 2024

Wondering what to do in the Lake District? You’ll be spoilt for choice, so let us give you a hand with some of our helpful suggestions. From walking and stargazing to watersports and cycling, there’s something for everyone to get stuck into.

Find the best things to do in the Lake District

Over 18 million people visit the Lake District every year, so it’s no surprise that there are plenty of fun activities to get involved with here.

By far one of the most popular activities in the Lake District is walking. Whether you’re a hiking enthusiast or a beginner looking to enjoy a stroll, there’s something for you - with over 50 accessible walking routes. Visitors can make their own way around the routes or book a guided walk. Guided walks are led by knowledgeable volunteers and range from easy to moderate. The shortest guided walk is leisurely and takes up to 2.5 hours, whilst the longest is a little tougher and can take up to 6 hours.

Waters and boating activities are another wonderful way to spend time in the Lake District. With over 16 lakes to choose from, there are plenty of different options allowing you to find your favourite. Swimming is a great way to experience the beauty of the landscapes, or why not test yourself and try out paddleboarding? If you prefer to stay dry, you could hire a boat from one of the watersport centres or partake in a peaceful day of fishing. Each lake has its own set of rules and guidance to keep everyone safe. Be sure to check these out when deciding where to go for a dip or a row.

Whether you’re a road cyclist or a mountain biker, you’re sure to enjoy the country lanes, cycleways and bridleways of the Lake District. Cycling through the Lake District is an excellent way to soak up the stunning views and scenery. There are paths to suit all kinds of experience levels, so don’t be put off if you’re not a professional. Visitors can even hire bikes from designated centres, with different types and sizes available to suit your needs.

A naturally beautiful and romantic destination, there are also plenty of things to do in the Lake District for couples. One great idea is stargazing. The Lake District is the perfect spot for it as it has some of the darkest skies in the country. Ennerdale, Wasdale, Grizedale Forest, Borrowdale Valley and The Langdale Valley are top spots for the best views. Why not pack a late-night picnic and dine under the stars with your loved one? And don’t forget to get some Instagram-worthy snaps to remember your trip.

One of the many exciting things to do in the Lake District for families is to visit the Lake District Wildlife Park. Just 10 minutes from Keswick, this park is home to 100 species of wild and domestic animals. Get up close to mammals like gibbons, meerkats and zebras and visit impressive birds like eagles, owls and vultures. For an even more special day out, visitors can book an experience like alpaca walking or a hawk walk. An ideal option for little ones’ birthday celebrations.
Aerial view in autumn of Lake District

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