The Lake District

The Lake District

The 15 Best Things to Do in The Lake District

What is it about the Lake District that makes it such a popular tourist destination? Here are 15 must-dos on your next trip…

1. Meet the stars at Low Gillerthwaite

The Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre in the Ennerdale Valley is a certified ‘Dark Sky Discovery Site,’ making it one of the greatest places in England to see the night sky. Because of the area’s remoteness and steep terrain, there isn’t much light pollution, and many have even reported seeing the northern lights while there.

Dark Sky Discovery weekends are held at the center throughout the winter, when new moon phases coincide with stargazing opportunities. In order to get the most out of the breathtaking views above you, experts are on hand to assist you. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, they’ll set up a warm room with a blazing fire and a hostel where you may spend the night.

2. Explore the UK’s most haunted castle –  Muncaster

Muncaster Castle’s walls and gardens are a great place to learn about the history of the region. The castle has been dubbed the UK’s most haunted, therefore only the courageous should spend the night here! Explore the 18th-century 70-acre forest gardens, which come alive in the spring and fall with vibrant color.

Look over Ravenglass, Lake District National Park’s only coastal settlement, and the Esk Valley toward England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike.

3. Try Grasmere gingerbread

Take gingerbread baking to a new level. When it comes to gingerbread, you’ve probably never had anything like Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere, which she created in 1854. It’s gooey in the centre and crumbly on top, like a hybrid between a cake and a biscuit. In order to give it a try, people go from all over the globe.

A charming cottage nestled between the Wordsworth Hotel and St. Oswald’s Churchyard houses the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop. Irresistible gingerbread aroma adds to the holiday cheer. Grasmere is a charming Lake District town where you may stroll for hours on end.

Check out The Rough Guide to The Lake District, a valuable addition to any trip to this beautiful location

4. Stroll around Lake Buttermere

What comes to mind when you hear the name Buttermere? Creamy scones or cupcakes topped with buttery frosting, right? You have no idea what you’re talking about…

To walk around Buttermere’s four-mile circuit takes two hours and shows off the region’s rocky peaks and fells, it’s one of the most stunning Lake District lakes to see.

Fill up on handmade ice cream or a strong cup of tea at the neighboring Syke Farm tea shop to keep your energy levels high.

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5. Climb a fell

You can’t visit the Lake District without going on a fell hike.

Orrest Head, right above Windermere, is a great place to start if you’re new to fell climbing or attempting to persuade someone who isn’t yet convinced. A half-hour walk should be enough time to get there.

Alfred Wainwright, the guidebook author, climbed it for the first time, and the experience cemented his love for the Lake District.

6. Visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage

Literature buffs will not want to miss it. William Wordsworth lived at Dove Cottage from 1799 to 1808. Visit the charming house where the world-renowned poet once resided and the rooms where he wrote some of his most famous works. Visit the nearby museum, which is jam-packed with manuscripts and interesting artifacts.

If you’re a poet, it’s easy to understand how this picturesque home in Grasmere inspired some of your best work.

Check out The Rough Guide to The Lake District, a valuable addition to any trip to this beautiful location

7. See the sights by electric bike

The Lake District has an expanding network of electric bicycles. A great method to explore a lot of the towns in a short period of time, as well as to visit all of the honey holes, while also being environmentally friendly.

There are several places to recharge your electric vehicle throughout the route. Most of them take place in pubs and caf├ęs, so you have an excellent reason to unwind with a drink and re-energize. You and your bike will have plenty of energy if you prepare properly.

If you’re not a serious rider, the electric motor will come in handy since the roads in the Lakes are steep and difficult to navigate without it.

Several locales, like the majestic Lowther Castle with its own pathways, rent out these bikes.

8. Wander the trails at Whinlatter Forest Park

Whinlatter Forest Park, the only actual mountain forest in the UK, is worth seeing while you’re in the Lake District. A high ropes course and walking paths abound in this park, making it ideal for thrill seekers and nature lovers both. Because of the various lengths, it’s suitable for people of all abilities, and families are encouraged to go.

Between April and September, the osprey webcam allows you to watch the local osprey population as it looks from its nest. 

9. Make for the coast

It’s tempting to focus just on the Lake District’s interior and overlook the county’s stunning coastline. OK. As far as I know, the Lake District National Park doesn’t include this area, but given how near it is, it would be a waste not to go see it!

Anywhere around the South and West Lakes is well worth the trip from the main highways. It’s a completely different experience than anywhere else in the Lake District. As you stare over the sea, the fells are behind you, and there are no tourists to be seen.

The Solway Plain, meanwhile, is well worth a visit. From Mayport, you may travel the Smuggler’s Route to Mealsgate through Allonby. Be sure to sample a Monster Ice Cream at the Twentymans General Store while you’re in the area.

Check out The Rough Guide to The Lake District, a valuable addition to any trip to this beautiful location

10. Check out Castlerigg Stone Circle

Castlerigg is home to one of Britain’s oldest stone circles, going back around 5,000 years. Archaeologists and historians are baffled as to why the site was built or what it represents. While you’re up there, take in the expansive vistas and the surrounding mountains.

Those who have the stamina may take a well-marked route along an old railway from the adjacent town of Keswick up to the site. Those who are behind schedule may use the uppermost parking lot.

11. Go for a walk with a pack pony

Despite being the Queen’s favorite mount, native fell ponies are in danger. Short treks to four-day camping expeditions are available via Fell Pony Adventures, which utilizes gorgeous and tough black horses to carry your stuff.

12. Horse-riding with a difference

Riding a lovely Shire or Clydesdale horse, you may gallop along a beach or up a Lakeland mountain. If you don’t want to ride Britain’s largest horses, Cumbrian Heavy Horses offers a variety of activities, including carriage driving, for people of all skill levels.

13. Walking with Wolves

In the 14th century, wolves were hunted to extinction in Lakeland, England. Predator Experience, located just a few miles away, offers one-hour walks with their wolf hybrid pack around the Lake District countryside as you learn about wolf evolution, social organization, and conservation.

14. Take to the water

If you’re looking for a unique way to see Lake Ullswater, consider taking Ullswater Steamers. Cruises link several of Lakeland’s most famous hiking trails, making for a useful journey that is also pleasurable since you get to see the Ullswater valley from a different perspective.

15. One man (or woman) and his dog

Have working sheepdogs always piqued your interest? Now that you know how to herd sheep, you may try it out for yourself. Amateurs like us may work with a squad of working dogs from The Lake District Sheepdog Experience.

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