LAKE DISTRICT - Get the best of it!
Make the most of your visit: Plan ahead!
Most of your favourite tourism businesses have been hard at work making important preparations to reopen and offer a safe and memorable experience. Of course, our open spaces, shops, takeaways and some attractions and activities are already open for you to enjoy.
To help manage your visit, we ask you to plan ahead and consider pre-booking as many attractions also now need to be pre-booked and some have timed entry in place so always check first.
For up to date information about car parking availability in the Lakes, please view the Safer Lakes
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For those of you who would like to know a little more of what you can do while you are in the English Lake District, we have selected a few books, maps and guides that may be of interest to you… but the internet itself is also a great source.
There are a large amount of activities on offer within the Lake District, each town and village surprisingly different in their own way. So, whether you are one who is keen on walking trust us you are absolutely spoilt on this one, or you are the more adventurous type who is a dab hand at rock climbing or you just like messing about on the water, there really is something for you to get involved in as the great outdoors is at our doorstep.
It might be cycling that is your thing be it off road or on and these paths are well taken for this too. Horse riding and a ride on a small steam train may be your vice (a more leisurely activity) or for those of you who are looking for a gentle day out, why not visit one of the amazing homes in the area such as the Blackwell's House the Arts and Crafts House nr Windermere, John Ruskins home Brantwood on the East bank of Coniston water and its hillside gardens, Hill Top - Beatrix Potter's farmhouse in nr Sawrey, the 400 yr old Townend in Troutbeck or wander up to Wordsworth's Rydal Mount.
And if Water activities are where you're at, because one of the biggest attractions strangely enough is our beautiful Lakes here in the Lake District (the name gives it away right?!) which come in all shapes and sizes, then you will need to know what you can and cannot do on some of the lakes. The Lake District National Park website has a page that helps you better understand which Lakes accommodate which activities. You will see some of them you need specific permits to do things, while others its as easy as just turning up.
The list of things do do is endless but you will find your place and we hope you will take home memories that will fuel stories to your friends re-telling what a wonderful, green and pleasant land the Lake District really is. With any luck you will be coming back for more, bringing along those you have inspired too. WE HOPE SO!
Lake District National Park Web Cams:
Webcams from around the Lake District National Park go see for yourself what your missing!
Walkers Check List:
The Lake District offers some of the best walking in the world.
While our fells are relatively small, conditions especially on the summits can be challenging - and at any time of year.
Heading out for a walk, then what you wear and what you take is important to make sure you have a pleasant and safe day out.
The Lake District National Park recommended basic list of clothing for a great day on the fells is as follows:
Insulating and breathable layers It's easy to cool down quickly while stopping on a walk so pack an extra layer just in case.
Comfortable trousers Avoid fabrics which might take time to dry out if they get wet, such as cotton and denim. Pack a pair of waterproof over-trousers too.
Hat and gloves Even in summer we recommend you keep these in your rucksack.
Walking boots We recommend boots rather than walking shoes as a boot offers ankle protection. Always make sure your footwear has a good tread or sole pattern. There are different types of footwear available for summer and winter walking, so do check before you trek. Please note that on many of our guided walk routes, walking boots are essential.
Walking socks A good breathable pair will help keep feet warm, cosy and comfy.
What to bring with you on a walk
Comfortable daysack or rucksack Adjusted to fit you and a size to suit the walk.
Walking poles Poles can help you maintain a good balance and reduce stress on knees and backs. Be sure to know how to use them.
Gaiters Not essential but useful if you want to keep your trousers and feet dry.
Food, water and a warm drink There is little shelter on the fell tops so check the forecast and bring what you need to keep hydrated and your energy levels up.
Emergency food Keep a high energy snack stashed in your pack.
Mobile phone (fully charged) or a watch to keep an eye on the time.
Sun protection Protect your skin and eyes.
Map and compass Be sure to know how to use these. Your GPS might not work. We offer fun, informal basic navigation courses.
Whistle and torch Remember the international distress signal: six short whistle blasts or flashes with your torch, repeated at one minute intervals.
Be prepared for all situations
Emergency situations are rare on the fells, especially if you’ve planned well. Pop these in your pack for added security:
First aid kit Knowing how to give basic first aid treatment is a useful hill skill. Look out for our competitively priced one day courses.
Survival bag or group shelter Survival bags for one person are relatively cheap. If walking with a group then consider taking a group shelter.
Tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to be back.
Know the Highway Code.
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What's On in our Corner of the Country
The Lake District hosts lots of events each year. From the country shows where locals show off their livestock, culinary and horticultural skills to young people running up the local fells and of course live music with popular musicians from all over the world. The events are generally family friendly and a super way to see more than just the lakes and fells and instead experience the traditions that have shaped the Lake District.
In the events calendar above you will find a few of our corner's favourites of what’s going on in the Lake District.