A popular location for nature-lovers and those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, the Lake District is the ideal place to sit back and relax, but it also offers plenty of opportunities for visitors to try new activities and adventures.
World-renowned for its beautiful landscape, the Lake District really flourishes in the summer. If you’re visiting in the warmer months of the year and need some inspiration for your itinerary, take a look at our list of five activities everyone should try on their Lake District break this summer.
With so many hiking trails and walking routes on offer, it can be difficult to choose just one. If it is your first time in the Lake District, or you don’t feel confident navigating a route on your own, a guided walk is the ideal way to immerse yourself in the outdoors, and an activity that will give you the skills to navigate the hiking trails on your own in the future.
The Lake District National Park organizes regular guided walks from Easter to October teaching basic navigation skills, in popular locations like Ullswater, Penrith, and Grasmere. The walks last for around 6 hours so come prepared for an all-day activity with some sturdy walking boots.
Take the road less traveled by hiring a mountain bike for the day and make the most the dozens of graded mountain bike trails in the Lake District, ranging from green trails for beginners, all the way to black trails for expert riders.
If you’re an experienced indoor rock climber, the Lake District is the ideal place to try your hand at outdoor rock climbing, and challenge yourself with some new routes and techniques.
Located just three miles south of Keswick, Shepherd’s Crag is often listed as one of the top climbing spots in the north of the UK, and is worth taking a trip to whilst the weather is mild enough to make climbing safe. You can choose to venture out with a climbing buddy if you’re an experienced rock climber or book a guided climb to learn the ropes.
Another name for wilderness survival skills, bushcraft courses are a fun activity to try that will also equip you with some essential survival skills. Taster days and beginner courses will teach you the basic skills for outdoor adventurings, like how to build a shelter, light a fire using flint, and identify useful trees and plants.
One of the unmissable activities to try in the Lake District is sailing. Home to 16 bodies of water, you are spoilt for choice when it sailing locations. From taster sessions to accredited courses and sessions on traditional sailing boats, you can appreciate the landscape in the way visitors have for hundreds of years.
Stand up paddle boarding is the perfect activity to try if you’re looking for a more physically challenging activity than sailing. Unlike traditional paddle boarding, stand up paddle boarding involves using a single blade to propel yourself from a standing position.