The best things to do in the Lake District

If you are a lover of the great outdoors, there is no better place to visit than the Lake District, Cumbria.

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.

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.

Events taking place in the Lake District in August, 2015 include:

  • Wednesday 5 August: Cartmel Show
  • Tuesday 11 August: Lunesdale Show
  • Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August: Lowther Show
  • Thursday 13 August: Rydal Show
  • Saturday 15 August: Gosforth Show
  • Tuesday 18 August: Hawkshead Show
  • Saturday 19 August: Patterdale Dog Day
  • Monday 24 August: Keswick Agricultural Show
  • Wednesday 26 August Ennerdale Show
  • Thursday 27 August Crosby Ravensworth Show and Vintage Rally
  • Saturday 30 August Dufton Traditional Show
  • Sunday 30 August: Grasmere Lakeland Sports and Show

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 Windermere spa hotel and take your time to explore this special part of England.