Holidays in the Lake District

For hills and lakes

Things to do and outdoor activities in the Lake District

things to do in the Lake District on holiday 

Outdoor activities:


Keep your eye on the target and strike bullseye with archery.


Have a great adventure paddling your canoe across a glassy lake.

Cruise the Lakes

There are all sorts of cruises offered on the larger lakes in the Lake District. Everyone can enjoy the scenery from the water and see the Cumbrian mountains in a panoramic view.

Cycling and Mountain Biking

There are cycle trails to be enjoyed through the pleasant Grizedale Forest Park west of Windermere and many other locations in Cumbria. A view of Eskdale from Grizedale Pass is shown on the right.


Go-karting is a fun and safe activity for all ages. Speed around purpose built tracks for that adrenalin rush and exhileration.

Hang Gliding

Anywhere with height is suitable for hang gliding and the Cumbrian hills are no exception.

Hot air ballooning

A real treat for the daring, take to the skies and see the Lake District from on high.

Pony Trekking

An activity suitable for all ages.

Quad Biking

Great fun in the rugged outdoors for the whole family


 Pleasure craft and boat rides can be taken on Coniston Water, Windermere, Derwent Water and Ullswater.


A great number of visitors to the Lake District come to walk the paths and trails around the lakes and over the fells.


Where better to windsurf than on the Lakes in Cumbria?


The Lake District is one of the most naturally beautiful areas in the United Kingdom, and is home to a range of activities to participate in, for both indoor and outdoor-type of people. With the incredible scenery in this gorgeous part of Cumbria, including soaring mountains, dense forests and of course, glittering lakes, there are plenty of outdoor activities for tourists to get involved in to be amongst the stunning scenery, and with the charming villages, museums and historical houses, there are a lot of things to do indoors for tourists in the Lake District as well.

There are so many outdoor adventure activities in the Lake District that you will be completely spoilt for choice! Known for its incredible backdrops, Lakeland is a haven for those who love the great outdoors and like to be completely immersed in the gloriously fresh air that this region offers its visitors. Canoeing and kayaking on one of the lakes is a brilliant way to blend the natural setting with an adrenaline-pumping activity, and you can either choose to do this on one of the bigger lakes such as Windermere, which is the largest lake in England, or you can pick a smaller lake such as Derwent Water or Coniston.

Climbing, walking and trekking are also brilliant outdoor things to try, and hiking up the tallest mountain in England, Scafell Pike, is something you should definitely do when in the Lake District! The hill of Gummer’s How makes another wonderful walk and gives its climbers incredible panoramic views of Lakeland.

Other outdoor activities to try in the Lake District include quad biking, archery, sailing, horse riding, go-karting, cycling and many more. This region of the UK is simply perfect for lovers of the outdoor world and you will certainly not run out of things to do outside while on your holiday to the Lakes.

As well as outdoor activities, there are plenty of things to do indoors for those who prefer not to brave the possible rain and wind or those who like a mixture of indoor and outdoor things to do. A couple of cultural things to do indoors include Dove Cottage, William Wordsworth’s former home, and Hill Top, the setting for Beatrix Potter’s tales including Peter Rabbit.

A really fun indoor attraction to visit in the Lake District is The Puzzling Place which is in the village of Keswick. Fantastic to take children to, The Puzzling Place is located in the Museum Square and is a gallery-type of exhibition which fuses education with excitement, with lots of fun puzzles to complete and ponder over!

There are plenty of indoor swimming pools and cinema complexes to visit if you are looking for indoor activities in the Lake District, such as Rheged in Penrith, and you will not be short of things to do inside on your holiday to this beautiful area.

holiday The Lake District is a wonderful place to go on holiday due to its unique scenery and incredible lakes. With plenty of indoor as well as outdoor activities for tourists in the region, you will have an excellent and memorable holiday that you just will not want to end. Rent a good quality holiday cottage that will provide plenty of space, privacy and comfort so that you really enjoy your experience of the Lake District. Click on the picture of the holiday cottage on the right to view this and similar self-catering accommodation for your visit to the Lake District National Park.



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