The Lake District, Activities & Things To Do
An area of incredible natural beauty, where every turn reveals yet another breathtaking vista, The Lake Distract showcases the absolute best that rural England has to offer. It’s easy to see why Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey were so inspired by the area. With famous lakes and mountains, idyllic country villages and rolling green fields; it’s quite unbelievable to think that it all inhabits an area only thirty miles across. There’s not only amazing scenery on offer in the Lake District; designer hotels, incredible gastropubs, boutique B&Bs and a huge choice of outdoors activities abound in the area.
Getting to the Lake District
By rail, the Lake District has direct trains from Kendal and Windermere running to Oxenholme on the West Coast Main Line, which links London to Glasgow. Travel time from London is around two and a half hours. By road, the M6 flows around the east of the Lake District; travel time from London is around five to six hours and from Glasgow is two hours. Blackpool airport is the regional airport covering Lancashire and the Lake District. Manchester airport has connections to many cities and is only an hour and a half away. National Express runs a service from London Victoria, which stops at Windermere and Keswick.
What’s on and when to go?
Trying to second-guess the weather in the Lake District is practically impossible. Many seasoned visitors to the lakes will happily tell tale of how they’ve experienced all four seasons in one day; but July and August are your best options for good weather. The Lake District national park hosts over 500 events a year. Alongside the many country and craft fairs, particular highlights are the Keswick beer festival in June, the lakes chilli festival in August and the renowned Kendal Calling music festival also in August.
It won’t come as any shock that such a popular destination has an incredible amount of activities on offer. From the seasoned adrenaline junky to the complete novice everybody is catered for.
RiverdeepMountainhigh specialize in group activities and corporate away days and even run ‘Give it a go days’ Activities include raft building, abseiling, kayaking and archery to name but a few. A bunkhouse providing accommodation for up to 20 people is also available.
Windermere Lake Cruises offer trips around the spectacular Lake Windermere. In summer months they run their incredibly popular summer buffet cruises in the evening, which includes live music.
Windermere Golf Club gives the opportunity to play 18 holes in the most beautiful surroundings. Offering group packages and catering this could perhaps provide the most idyllic round of golf ever.
It’s not all outdoor pursuits, if pampering is more your cup of tea then the Langdale Spa, part of the four star Langdale hotel, might be for you!
If you can actually summon the strength to go out in the evening after all that exercise and country air then there are a wealth of traditional pubs and inns to sample.
The Sun Inn in Coniston is over 500 years old, serves locally brewed ales and also provides accommodation. The Old Crown Pub, Britain’s first co-operative pub, was saved from a brewery takeover when 120 local customers grouped together and took it over instead. The Pheasant Inn is probably one of the most famous pubs in the area. Situated on the northern end of Bassenthwaite, The Pheasant offers restaurant dining, a bistro, bar food and for discerning guests; private dining for up to 20 guests. While there may not be much opportunity for nightclubbing, there are enough pubs and inns to keep your nightlife interesting.