The Lake District is one of the UK’s most beautiful natural wonders, offering something for everyone; from the tallest to the smallest members of your family. Whether you’re looking for affordable family days out, or building your own ideal itinerary for a longer trip, you’ll always find something incredible to do. Here’s our quick guide to planning a fantastic visit with your family.
“Whether you’re looking for affordable
family days out, or building your own ideal
itinerary for a longer trip, you’ll always find
something incredible to do.”
The tourism industry in the area is booming so it’s easy to find Lake District hotels to meet your needs. You’re literally spoilt for choice with a distinctive collection of award winning places to stay – even just for the night. You can choose from delightful spots like a luxury house on the edge of Ullswater, a historical coaching inn in Keswick or self-catering options by Derwentwater. Whichever you choose, you’ll always find a warm welcome and excellent service.
Plan your trailsAs a national park, the Lake District is open to be enjoyed by all and to make sure the stunning nature paths are available for people of all abilities, there are guided walks which welcome people with limited mobility or sight problems. These make an ideal choice for those travelling with mixed age groups. There are also footpaths which cater to wheelchair users and those with pushchairs. These open up long swathes of the area’s glade corners and let you see the best of the stunning scenery. Search for more info on the park’s Miles without Stiles initiative to find out more.
It’s more than just nature
People usually come to the Lake District because of its natural beauty, but there’s plenty more to enjoy. The area’s Roman ruins, museums, galleries, shopping and outdoor activities all make it easy to fill your days, and nights, and still go home feeling refreshed. You can easily keep the children entertained with sightseeing tours of 10 lakes in a day, a visit to the home of artist and author Beatrix Potter, a stroll round the Lakeland Motor Museum or a look at the preserved Castlerigg Stone Circle.
Enjoy the local produce
The green and pleasant lands of the Lake District have been attracting farmers for longer than they have been bringing in tourists. There’s a host of traditional and niche farms dotted around the area and you can pick up delightful local treats grown, reared, or produced on the area’s grassy fields. Expect to pick up Cumbria’s own invention in the Cumberland sausage, a piece of crumbly Grasmere gingerbread or the mountaineer’s favourite, the sugary Kendal Mint Cake. Sticky toffee pudding is also a local innovation – your trip is an excellent excuse to enjoy some.
Discover your sense of adventure
If you’re travelling as a family, the best thing about a trip to the Lake District is that children and the younger generation need never be bored. Among the many activities available is the chance to hire a mountain bike and brave England’s only mountain forest along the 8km Quercus Trail. It’s not an easy ride but easy enough that they’ll get to the end – and sleep well that night! Another family hotspot is the Glenridding Sailing Centre on the south end of Ullswater, Cumbria’s second-biggest lake. It offers family taster sessions on small boats with large sails – and an instructor to help you run them – or kayak hire so you can explore the still waters for yourself.
The delights of the Lake District stretch to much more than its majestic and impressive bodies of water. But they’re a beautiful place to start. Book your trip today and discover your new favourite tourist spot.
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