Activities in the Lake District

If you are looking for an adventure holiday in the UK, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities in the Lake District.

The Lake District, also referred to as ‘the Lakes’, is a mountainous region in North West England which boasts stunning scenery and glistening lakes.

The Lake District is also famous for its association with the poetry and writing of William Wordsworth who resided here in the 18th century. It is a very popular holiday destination and is the most visited national park in the UK with 15.8 million annual visitors and more than 23 million annual day visits.

Some of the most popular outdoor activities in the Lake District include:


The Lake District is a perfect cycling destination. Whether you prefer road or mountain as a complete novice or expert, there is a route for you.

Mountain bikers should try the routes through Whinlatter Forest and Grizedale Forest with a network of bridleways that will really challenge your skills.

For road bikers, the Lake District has a huge network of lanes with hills and mountains galore for you to explore the scenic views.

You don't have to own a bike as there are many different shops where you can hire a bike for the day. Cycling can make a great day out for a couple or a family.


The Lake District has been voted the UK Walker’ Favourite destination many times over. With walks for every ability and fitness level there is little wonder people keep coming back. If you are a beginner then you can follow a volunteer on one of the guided activities in the Lake District. Choose from short strolls through to full days out, walking through spectacular landscapes. The really good thing about the guided walks is that they are usually free.

No matter how far you would like to walk and how difficult the route will be, there are many different maps and routes that can be followed.

Adrenaline sports

Different areas of the Lake District currently run kitesurfing, zorbing, mountain boarding, climbing, abseiling, horse riding and kayaking activities.

The Coniston boating centre is the place to go for boat hire and water-sport activities. Also the adventure hub is a great place to get some inspiration for adrenaline activities and to book days out.

The River deep mountain high outdoor adventure and activity centre offer a wide range of activities perfect for adrenaline junkies. Ranging from gorge walking and sailing to canoeing and raft building.

These centres offer activities suitable for all ages and abilities, making it a great action family day out. All the equipment is provided with purchase.

Whatever type of activities in the Lake District you are looking for, you will find a wealth of attractions to choose from. If you are planning to stay for a night or two, why not book into a romantic Windermere cottage to make the most of your stay?