Best outdoor things to do in the Lake District

If you are a lover of the great outdoors, you will find a wealth of things to see and do in the Lake District and a choice of luxury spa cottages in Windermere.

Covering 885 square miles, the Lake District National Park is the most visited National Park in the UK, and a wide range of activities and events attract visitors from all over the world.

Some of the best things to do in the Lake District include:

Walking and Hiking

The Lake District National Park has walks for age and ability, from gentle lakeside strolls to high ridge walks and rock climbing.

If you are new to the Lake District, why not enjoy a guided walk. You won´t need to worry about navigation and can learn from a knowledgeable local. Pick from short, scenic picnic strolls to full days through spectacular landscape.

Burnmoor Stone Circles

Burnmoor Stone Circles, perched on high moorland, date from around 2000 BC. They all contain at least one burial, marked by a stone cairn. Were they ritual monuments, meeting places or a mark of ownership? Perhaps all three. Nearby are stone banks and other cairns, which may be more recent.

The whole site covers more than 2.5 square kilometres (1 square mile) and is managed by the National Trust. The stone circles can be reached on foot from Boot Village. Parking available at Dalegarth Station.


Road cyclists and mountain bikers are spoilt for choice in the Lake District National Park. There are country lanes, permitted cycle-ways and bridleways with some stunning views!

For mountain bikers, Whinlatter Forest and Grizedale Forest are criss-crossed with routes ranging from those suitable for beginners to more challenging levels.

Imagine a day out cycling in Grizedale Forest followed by a long soak in your own hot tub cottage in Windermere?

Gaitscale Farmstead

People lived in Gaitscale Farmstead between 1686 and 1771, but by the early nineteenth century it was a ruin. Today you can make out the farmhouse, barns, sheep pens and old field boundaries. The name has Norse origins. Gait means ‘goat’ and scale means seasonal house. This suggests there was a settlement here long before the seventeenth century. Managed by the National Trust, the farmstead is 7 miles west of Ambleside, between Wrynose Pass and Cockley Beck.

Whatever time of year you decide to visit the Lake District, you will find a wide choice of things to see and do. Why not stay in a luxury Windermere cottage and take your time to explore this special part of England.