Honister Slate Mine or Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum
If mines are your thing, then there are two that are easy to get to whether you are staying in Keswick or Windermere. Honister Slate Mine near Keswick has excellent tours, or if your kids are a bit older they might enjoy ‘Climbing the Mine’. This is an adrenaline-filled adventure where you move about the mine securely attached to ropes. Near Windermere is the Threlkeld Quarry; they have some lovely old trains which run on their own narrow gauge railway.
If you are looking for things to do in Lake District villages, the treasure trails could be your answer. Whichever one of our Lake District cottages you are staying in, there is a trail near you. The Keswick Spy Mission Treasure Trail and the Bowness-on-Windermere Treasure Trail are both around two and a half miles long, which should take you just over two hours. You get to explore the area and have the excitement of finding clues as you go. All you need to do is buy your guides to the trail online, and you’re good to go.
If your kids need to run off a bit of steam, Go Ape can wear them out while they are having the time of their lives. With aerial ropeways, swings, rope ladders, and any number of obstacles to get across, Go Ape at Keswick is ideal for your budding Tarzans. This is the highest course in the UK and takes you through the beautiful forest at Whinlatter. Flying through the air on zip wires just inches from the trees makes for an unforgettable experience.
Treetop Nets at Windermere
For a slightly tamer outdoor experience, you could try the Treetop Nets in Windermere. You are completely surrounded by netting at all times, even though you are 40 feet above the ground. So it is perfectly safe, and there is no need for harnesses. It isn’t just cargo nets either; there are trampolines, walkways, slides, and tunnels and it is ideal for both parents and kids alike.
Sailing Or Kayaking On Bowness-on-Windermere
As you are in the Lake District, it makes sense to make use of the lakes. In Bowness, it is possible to hire boats or kayaks and admire the spectacular scenery and serenity from the water. Don’t forget your camera, you are sure to get a full range of amazing photographs.
Whinlatter Mountain Forest and Grizedale Bike Hire
Do you feel a little more energetic, and want the feel of wind rushing past you? Then bike hire could be the answer. Again, depending on which of our Lake District cottages you are staying in, you can hire bikes nearby. The Whinlatter Mountain Forest and Grizedale both have excellent bike hire facilities, catering for children as well as adults.
Outdoor Activities in Lake District
This wouldn’t be an article about the Lake District if it didn’t mention the incredible walks you can make around the lakes and hills, or fells. The names are often Norse, but sound like something out of “Lord of the Rings”: Skiddaw, Walla Crag, Latrigg, and of course, England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike. You can enjoy the magical scenery while your kids enjoy the freedom.
Whether you will be staying in one of our cottages in Keswick or one of our Windermere cottages, we are sure you will never be at a loss for things to do in Lake District.