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7 Things to Do in the Lake District

The Lake District’s mountain walks offer excellent summit views

The Lake District’s mountain walks offer excellent summit views

This is the follow-up to our previous article: 6 Charming Towns You Should Visit While in the Lake District

With hundreds of unique attractions on offer, it’s difficult not to have a good time in the Lake District. Whether you’re an adventurer or a history enthusiast, the myriad things to do in the Lake District make even the shortest holiday a true adventure.

If you’re planning a trip to the Lake District but don’t know where to start, try one of these seven excellent activities. From live theatre to off-road adventure, these seven recommendations have something to offer every type of Lake District visitor.

1.     Watch a live show by the lakes

Think of theatre and you’ll probably think of London’s West End. Despite its small size, the Lake District is home to a charming small theatre that’s just as good as its counterparts in the big city.

The Theatre by the Lake is located in Keswick, a popular Lake District town with a wide range of holiday homes and static caravans for sale. Just a stone’s throw from beautiful Derwentwater, the small community theatre is a great place to catch local plays and musical performances.

2.     Scale fells and enjoy the view

The Lake District is home to some of England’s finest mountain scenery, and it’s widely regarded as the country’s scenic walking capital. Scale small fells such as Orrest Head and Cat Bells, or conquer the Lake District’s toughest mountain trails.

Whether you’re a total beginner or an advanced mountain hiker, the Lake District’s many fells are sure to keep you challenged. Some of the more popular trails lead to mountaintop viewpoints that offer excellent views of the region.

3.    Explore at the wheel of a 4×4

Think the Lake District is all about rest and relaxation? Not so. Take the wheel of a powerful 4×4 vehicle and travel through the Lake District’s rugged scenery in style.

Local tour company Kankku lets visitors pilot a powerful off-road vehicle as they navigate through some of the Lake District’s most impressive scenery. A popular choice with locals and visitors alike, it’s the perfect choice for adrenaline junkies seeking something a little more thrilling than the typical mountain walk.

4.     Snack on tasty local treats

The Lake District is home to one of England’s favourite desserts: the tasty Kendal mint cake. Produced in Kendal by three local companies, these tasty treats are the perfect energy-filled supplement for hikers, mountain bikers, and local athletes.

As well as famous local sweet treats, the Lake District has a wide variety of great dishes on offer for culinary enthusiasts. Sample fantastic local cold cuts, roasted meals, and beer in the Lake District’s iconic pubs and local taverns.

5.     Travel across the lakes

The Lake District is easy to get around by car, but if you’d prefer to travel in style you may prefer to make your way around on water. Ferries travel across all of the major lakes, including Windermere and Derwentwater.

Enjoy the Lake District by combining a short ferry trip with a scenic rail journey between the park’s most popular towns. Several tour companies pilot historical ‘steamer’ boats across the lakes, providing the full Lake District experience.

6.     Visit amazing volunteer gardens

If your eyes aren’t overwhelmed by the Lake District’s natural flora, spend one of your mornings exploring the Holehird Gardens in Windermere. Maintained by the Lakeland Horticultural Society, the gardens are an incredible local landmark.

View hundreds of incredible plants in an amazingly beautiful environment. Run by passionate local volunteers, the Holehird Gardens are a great attraction for fans of traditional British gardening.

7.     Travel to local historical sites

From the Roman Empire to the 20th century, the Lake District is full of interesting historical locations. Spend your holiday exploring beautiful local churches, ruined Roman forts, or even stone circles arranged by prehistoric local populations.

Popular Lake District historical sites include Cartmel Priory – a wonderful parish church in the small village of Cartmel – as well as historical museums such as the Dock Museum in Barrow-in-Furness, which offers a look into local naval history.

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