Walking for All
Organised walking trips with experienced volunteer guides are available for all. For beginner walkers, you can enjoy an easy couple of hours on a scenic ‘picnic walk’. For the more experienced there are organised tough hill and peak walks lasting all day. For families with buggies, or disabled family members, there are buggy and wheelchair friendly walks known as ‘miles without stiles.’ No one is forgotten when it comes to things to do in Lake District.
Watersports on Windermere
One of the favourite outdoor activities in Lake District is its massive range of watersports. Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre on Lake Windermere offers everything from sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing to windsurfing, wakeboarding and boat hire. Open from April until the end of October they offer a range of training courses. Coniston Water also has a large popular watersports, biking and boating centre open most months of the year.
Cycling and Mountain Biking
If you fancy some time off your feet, what better way than a day of gentle cycling; or some hard mountain trail biking. The Lake District must have been designed for cycling. With its winding lanes where approaching traffic can be easily seen and fabulous photo opportunities, you can spend as much or as little time in the saddle as you like. There are designated family friendly routes, or if you are a keen cyclist you can enter one of the many cycling or mountain biking events held regularly around the area. If you’re not bringing your own cycles there are bike hire shops everywhere.
Climbing and Scrambling
If you’re a person who likes to go up in the world, climbing and scrambling are probably for you. There are a large number of climbing providers in Cumbria and the Lake District offering internal and external climbing activities. The Lakeland Climbing Centre at Kendal has the highest climbing wall in the UK, and offers climbing and aerial activities for all ages from five upward. If you prefer to be outside and have the experience, try the Esk Buttress, Dow Crag or Gimmer.
If you like to get wet as well as high try a day’s Ghyll Scrambling. Similar to slope scrambling, this is all about jumping into cold pools, scrambling up waterfalls and hill streams before abseiling back down. Swimming gear and warm clothing is a must. No matter how good or careful you think you are – you’re going to get wet. A favourite organised three-hour trip takes you to Stickle Ghyll in the picturesque Langdale Valley.
Segway Field and Forest Trails
Have you ever ridden a Segway? Something for all but the very youngest family members, Segway hire is available from Cartmel Village, and Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre. Get out on the field and forest tracks on these fab fat wheeled vehicles. They’re sure to provide some great family laughs and a whole new transport experience.
A Family Activity Day
For a little more of a laid back activity day, a visit to Brockhole on Windermere activity centre will keep the whole family happy. Beautifully laid out gardens with ‘meet the experts’ days will keep mum and dad happy. Animal touch areas where the kids can stroke the latest baby animal arrivals should keep the kids quiet. While archery, treetop nets and treks, cafes and gift shop provide something for everyone to enjoy.
For the complete Lake District experience look up the availability of Lake District Cottages. There’s nothing quite like breakfast with a countryside view to die for. All Lake District cottages will have flyers and leaflets of the hundreds of things to do in Lake District, all you have to do is pick the ones you fancy.