Welcome to Lakeland
What will you do today?
Lots to do, whatever the weather
You can experience something different every day in the Lakes, simply depending on how the mood takes you.
Up for some outdoor adventures? As well as taking part in the most spectacular hikes, walks and strolls in the country, you can swing Tarzan-like through the trees, go deep into underground caves, clamber along a dramatic fell-side Via Ferrata (the UK’s first), and drive up and down the best four-by-four tracks by far. Mountain biking, horse riding and boating, there are exciting and relaxing activities for you all.
Fancy a bit of culture? Take a trip out to our castles, estates and historic houses, some are former homes of famous poets and thinkers, such as Wordsworth and Ruskin. Their gardens are beautiful at every season, from spring’s golden daffodils to autumn’s blaze of woodland colour. We’ve myriad museums too displaying celebrated artists, Lakeland life and Roman heritage, as well as bygone cars.
What about some family fun? See exotic creatures from around the world at an animal park, and playful otters at an aquarium. Or marvel at the rabbits, hedgehogs and mice brought to life by Beatrix Potter’s wonderful imagination.
So many ways to get out and about
Why not give the driver a break and turn your journey into a sightseeing exploration? We’ve some of the most scenic rail journeys anywhere. The breathtaking Settle to Carlisle line boasts England’s highest station and amazing 24-arch Ribblehead Viaduct. The Ravenglass & Eskdale route passes through stunning coast and countryside, while the Lakeside & Haverthwaite railway gives the kids the chance to ride on a real steam train.
Of course, when in the Lakes, you have to take a lake cruise. Windermere, England’s largest, Coniston with its steam yacht and launches, Ullswater the queen of the lakes and Derwentwater, close to bustling Keswick – where will you hop on board? Drive less and you can see much more.
We all like a bit of retail therapy and here you’ll discover delicious local produce to take home, special gifts and crafts unique to the Lake District, all available from busy shopping centres, quaint village shops and friendly farmers markets.