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10 Best Things to do in the Lake District

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From picturesque Lakeland adventures to high peaks in the countryside, find an abundance of Lake District things to do here. Choose to walk or cycle around the incredible landscapes and National Trust properties in the Lake District.

Lake District hikes

You can’t visit the Lake District without embarking on one of the many scenic walking trails which follow picturesque routes. Choose from moderate challenges for prominent walkers including the Borger Dalr Trail and the impressive Catbells. Those looking for easier routes can stroll around Buttermere, whilst more difficult trails await at Scafell Pike and the Cumbria Coastal Way. These are just a few free things to do in the Lake District that you can enjoy for a dog-friendly day out.

Things to do in the Lake District for families

If you’re looking for classic things to do in the Lake District, visit these staple attractions. Start by visiting the historic Lowther Castle, The World of Beatrix Potter or the Coast Aquarium in Maryport. Alternatively, explore the iconic lakes of Windermere, Derwentwater and Ullswater on your Cumbrian adventure. There’s even the intriguing Grizedale Forest, historic Kendal Castle, and beautiful Loughrigg Fell to discover.

You don’t need to worry about the unpredictable English weather, as there’s a whole host of indoor activities in the Lake District to enjoy. And, during winter time, there are so many things to do in the Lake District in winter.

Things to do in the Lake District for Couples

From canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding on Coniston Water, to boat trips around Windemere, there are plenty of Lake District things to do for couples. Watch a show at the Theatre by the Lake or enjoy rock climbing at Kendal’s Lakeland Climbing Centre before returning to your Lake District accommodation.

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  • Helvellyn, Keswick

    01. Helvellyn

    Lake District National Park
    CA12 4TP

    Helvellyn is the third-tallest peak in the Lake District and England as a whole. It has treks that are both easy and difficult up to its 950-meter top.

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  • Catbells

    02. Catbells

    CA12 5TU
    OS grid: NY244199

    One of the Lake District’s most well-known fells, with breathtaking views of Derwent Water and the surrounding mountains.

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  • Lake Windermere

    03. Lake Windermere

    It’s not surprising that Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England, is a well-liked destination, with tourists from all over the world thronging to its shores to enjoy the breathtaking views and the variety of outdoor activities.

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  • Aira Force Waterfall

    04. Aira Force Waterfall

    For more than 300 years, the Aira Force Waterfall has drawn tourists, and for good reason! A sight to behold, this magnificent 65-foot waterfall is tucked away in a National Trust-owned Victorian park.

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  • World of Beatrix Potter

    05. The World of Beatrix Potter

    Relive the adventures of Jemima Puddle-Duck, Peter Rabbit, and Miss Tiggy-Winkle, all created by Beatrix Potter, at this enchanted Lakeland

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  • Lake District Wildlife Park

    06. Lake District Wildlife Park

    The 25-acre park is home to over 100 different animal species, including zebras, meerkats, and anacondas, as well as endangered species such as gibbons and Asian fishing cats.

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  • Scafell and Scafell Pike
    Image Credits: Graham Robson - CC BY-SA 2.0

    07. Scafell Pike

    Scafell lies in the northwest corner of the Lake District National Park. At 3,162 feet, this dramatic peak makes for a challenging but rewarding climb or hike!

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  • alcapas

    08. Alpacaly Ever After

    Alpacaly Ever After is an unforgettable experience for animal lovers at Lingholm Estate on Derwentwater. Take these friendly characters on a walk around the scenic estate or visit the Lakes Distillery on a weekend to meet the alpacas and their babies.

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  • 09. Castlerigg Stone Circle

    A striking English Heritage site of stoned circles thought to have formed over 5000 years ago and set in the Lake District Mountains.

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  • Crag's Adventure

    10. Crags Adventures

    A Lake District-based outdoor activity company which boasts Ghyll scrambling/canyoning, abseiling, rock climbing, and dry scrambling activities. The age limit is from 9 years upwards and they cater for families, couples, groups of friends, stag and hens etc.

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