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Reasons to Visit the Lake District in Late Summer

Posted on 16th August 2017 by CE Team

As summer comes to an end and the kids go back to school, family holidays everywhere draw to a close. In the Lake District, however, we begin to look forward to a new demographic of singles and couples. The young and not so young, who arrive to enjoy the things to do in Lake District in late summer. If you’re considering a late summer break in one of our dog-friendly Lake District cottages, here are a few of the most popular outdoor activities in Lake District.

Hiking and Rambling

Walking the many trails available has to be right up there as one of the area’s most popular outdoor activities in Lake District – and it’s easy to see why. The natural beauty of the Lake District, now a World Heritage Site, is fiercely guarded by the National Trust, and attracts visitors from far and wide. There are trails to suit everybody. From the hard-core rambler to rank novice, from able bodied to the disabled and wheelchair user. From the very young to the very old. Plan your own route from one of our Lake District cottages, or enjoy a guided tour which will take you to some of the Lake District’s most stunning view points.


The breathtaking landscape of the Lake District attracts professional and amateur photographers of all genres. From one of our Keswick cottages, or our cottages in Windermere, landscape and wildlife photographers are on the move. Up before the dawn, or out after dusk, they seek that once in a lifetime shot which will make international publication, or just be included in the holiday album. You could try the Duke of Portland Boathouse on Ullswater Lake, Wasdale Head from the Great Gable, or Loughrigg Fell near Ambleside for landscapes. Or, if your interest is wildlife and birdlife, Derwent Water and Borrowdale, Ennerdale Lake and Forest, and Threlkeld near Keswick should provide some good photographic opportunities.

Game and Coarse Fishing

Remember back in the day when you could wander off and spend a pleasant few hours casting float or fly, with just the local wildlife and the odd walker for company? In the Lake District you still can. Day or weekly permits are available from the local angling associations. Lake District rivers are popular fishing for salmon, brown trout and sea trout, while the lakes have a great reputation for pike and other coarse species. What better way to round off a day’s fishing, than with an evening meal of locally grown salad, buttered potatoes and freshly caught grilled trout.

Stately Homes and Gardens in the Lake District

If you’re looking for things to do in Lake District, that don’t require too much physical exercise, visiting a few of the many homes and gardens open to the public could fit the bill. Most offer guided tours where you can also learn the history of the place as you move from room to room. Stunning gardens, activity centres, picnic areas, gift shops, restaurants and tea rooms all combine to provide a great visitor experience. A few to consider around the Lake District are; Holehird Gardens, Holker Hall Gardens, Brantwood House and Gardens, Brockhole Garden and Visitor Centre and Dalemain House and Gardens.

Events and Activities

Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor activities in Lake District, there are always events and activities available for all. From county shows to moonlight processions, from chilli festivals to heritage days and farmers markets, something to arouse your interest will be going on somewhere. Make the most of your stay in one of our Lake District cottages, by combining the events and activities you wish to enjoy.