Top Summer Activities in the Lake District



Are you looking for some activities to fill out your summer calendar with? The Lake District is one destination that certainly isn’t short of things to see, do and explore. There’s over 885 square miles of space, so you can trust us when we say you can’t go wrong with either a day trip or an extended break to the Lakes this summer.

Whilst we know it can be a bit tricky to plan an excursion in the great outdoors in the UK, our country may be ‘Great’, but it’s not exactly renowned for its blazing sunshine all summer long. You might have heard that Cumbria and the Lakes had a bit of a tough time over Christmas, with parts of it being devastated by flooding – but it’s getting back on its feet now ready for the summer and ready for the summer trade. Take a look at these top summer activities to take part in in the Lake District this year!

Guided Walks/ Cycle Rides

With over 3,000 km of rights of way; walk cycle and ride around the countryside to your hearts consent. There are plenty of guided walks and cycle rides to take upon either by yourself or with a tour guide. Pick up a map at local tourist information centres, choose a route and get going. One of our personal favourites is Derwentwater, see if you can find the giant hands and take a snap!

Beatrix Potter

2016 marks Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday! And in the spirit of this, The World of Beatrix Potter which is based in the Lakes is holding a few very special events over the summer for one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors, capturing our imagination for over 100 years. Enjoy breakfast or afternoon tea with Peter Rabbit, and take part in trails and walks and learn more about the woman behind these fantastic tales!

Keswick Climbing Wall

At Keswick Climbing Wall there’s over 40 top ropes, a large bouldering area and a 45-degree Woody. Suitable for all ages and abilities – Keswick Climbing Wall is a great rainy day activity bringing the outdoors indoors.

The Puzzling Place

A unique attraction hidden away in the heart of Keswick, The Puzzling Place offers something for everyone! The Puzzling Place’s ‘World of Illusion’ takes illusions to the next level offering everything from an anti-gravity room to a hologram gallery. You won’t believe your eyes on a trip here!

The Lakes Distillery

As the largest whisky distillery in England, The Lakes Distillery is set next to Bassenthwaite Lake, and overlooked by one of the Lakes highest peaks, Skiddaw. It gives an excellent insight into the inner workings of the distillery, with interactive tours to suit all ages – following the journey of how the world-class whisky, gin and vodka are made with tasting sessions at the end!

Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure

Go Ape is a great activity for all ages, whatever the weather! This tree top adventure located in Whinlatter Forest Park gives you a real opportunity to unleash your inner Tarzan and get swinging on those ropes and zip wires through the trees!

What are you waiting for? Planning your summer activities in the Lake District couldn’t be easier. And if you’re looking for somewhere to rest your head at night, check out the Inn on the Square, perfectly nestled in the heart of Keswick making it the perfect destination for your stay-cation!

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