Best Things to Do and See in the Lake District


If you’re planning to visit the UK this summer or you’re a British resident planning an English holiday, the Lake District is the perfect place to spend your vacation. It has some of the most stunning scenery available in Britain and a wealth of activities, particularly for families with young children. A variety of specialist holiday providers including SouthLakeland Holidays cater for those looking to visit the Lake District. Although British weather is notoriously changeable, the popularity of the Lake District is showing no signs of waning.

Off-Roading Terrain Trips

Although the Lake District can be the epitome of peace and quiet, it’s also a great destination for thrill seekers. Adventure companies offer off-roading trips on tough terrain, where you can take the wheel and keep in touch with the company guide throughout your journey. If you enjoy driving, this is an ideal activity. You can negotiate rough byways and even take an off-road safari trip in the heart of the British countryside.

Arts Events

National Trust Uncovered is an arts series that provides 10 events around Derwentwater, with walks that are themed around the great Romantic poets who frequented the Lake District and drew much of their inspiration from the surrounding landscape. Wordsworth and Coleridge fans will particularly enjoy this, there are open-air concerts and spoken poetry available to see in stunning natural locations.


Fun for All the Family

If you’re keen to teach your children about the natural world, head to Brockhole Visitor Centre on the shore of Windmere. Children can watch birds from special bird hides and learn to identify species. You can also use wireless headphones to listen to creatures and insects, and get the kids involved with creating their own bird treats and feeding the local wildlife. There are also child-friendly walks available, so don’t think that you have to hang up your hiking boots just because you’re visiting the Lake District with your family.

Rock Climbing

There are plenty of sporting opportunities in the Lake District, including female-friendly rock climbing courses lead by Women Rock. If you’re an absolute beginner, you don’t need to worry. There are supportive, relaxed courses where you can get your bearings and improve your skills.

Accessible Walking Options

The ‘Miles Without Stiles’ project has created walks through the Lake District that are accessible for those who use wheelchairs or have young children in pushchairs. The paths are smoother and gates have been constructed to replace stiles. New routes through the national park are regularly added and existing pathways are always being updated and improved so that more trails meet the needs of families and disabled visitors.