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Outdoor Activities in the Lake District

Jun 14, 2022
Outdoor Activities Lake District
If you love adventure, these are the best outdoor activities in the Lake District and Cumbria. From sailing to kayaking, paddle boarding, rock climbing and ghyll scrambling, there's something for the whole family to enjoy! Looking for less action-packed ways to enjoy the great outdoors in the Lake District? Discover the most beautiful walking trails, cycle routes and scenic boat trips. 

Take a boat tour across Lake Windermere

What better way to see England's largest natural lake than a boat tour? At 10.5 miles long, 1 mile wide and 220 feet deep, there's plenty of stunning scenery at Lake Windermere. Boat tours operate from various locations around the lake, including Bowness-on-Windermere, Lakeside, Waterhead, Ambleside and Newby Bridge.

Climb Scafell Pike

England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, is located in the heart of the Lake District. It's also a war memorial, cared for by the National Trust. Standing 978 metres above sea level, it's a steep hike with some rugged terrain but promises spectacular views at the top.

If you're unfamiliar with the area or are climbing the mountain for the first time, you could join a group or hire a guide. Always check the weather conditions before setting off, wear suitable clothing and footwear and take a map with you!

Hire a kayak, canoe or paddleboard

If you want to experience the Lakes from a different perspective, visit Windermere, Coniston, Derwent Water, Ullswater or Bassenthwaite, where you can try kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding. Join a group led by a guide who will show you how to operate the equipment safely and accompany you in the water.

Go ghyll scrambling

Ghyll scrambling is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the Lake District, with many locations and tour operators offering this experience across the region. Like gorge walking, participants can slide down waterfalls, jump into plunge pools and make their way across rocky terrain, led by an expert guide. This is suitable for most ages and abilities, making it a fun activity for the whole family.

Scale the Via Ferrata at Honister Slate Mine

The 'iron road' or via ferrata at Honister Slate Mine allows visitors to climb the historic miners' path onto Fleetwith Pike, led by an expert guide. If you're an adrenaline-seeker or love rock climbing, this activity is for you! The experience takes a maximum of 3 hours, and participants must be over ten years old and at least 1.3 metres tall.

Take in the scenery on horseback

Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced rider, there are plenty of equestrian centres in the Lake District, offering a different way to enjoy the landscape. If you're looking for relaxing things to do in nature in the Lake District, this ticks all the boxes! Head out on a fell trail, lakeside ride or beach trek to enjoy the stunning scenery and feel at one with your environment.

Go mountain biking through the forests

Whilst the roads around Cumbria and the Lake District are a cyclist's haven, try an off-road route at Grizedale Forest or Whinlatter Forest. With options available for beginners and experienced bikers, this is a fun activity the whole family can enjoy. Mountain bikes are available to hire from both sites or visit one of the many rental outlets across the region.

Are you relocating to the Lake District or Cumbria from Greater Manchester, Newcastle or Leeds? These cities are still within commuting distance, making this the perfect location to immerse yourself in nature or enjoy various outdoor activities on your doorstep.