How to make the most of a sunny day out in the Lake District. With white fluffy clouds and blue sky, here are our top tips on what to see and do, from adventure to culture, off the beaten path to iconic views read on to plan your ideal itinerary…
Breathe deep and enjoy the woodland smells, sounds and wildlife at Grizedale Forest near Hawkshead.
The network of 10 walking and 9 cycling trails are a great way to explore the 4000 hectares managed by Forestry England. Discover stunning sculptures nestled amongst the trees by some of the leading names in contemporary art.
Whether you are up for a hike or a gentle stroll you can choose a route to suit, there is also a Zog Activity Trail for younger children.
There are a number of other activities you can do ranging from Nordic Walking, Forest Segway to Go Ape and mountain bikes are available to hire too.
With a picnic and BBQ area, café and visitor centre you have options to bring your own or enjoy the onsite food and drink.
Best for: All ages and dog-friendly. A complete day out with plenty to offer different interests.
Find out more: www.forestryengland.uk/grizedale
Location: Visitor Centre, Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead.
Sat Nav Postcode: LA22 0QJ
Fun, active, relaxing and a great work out – why not try one of the fastest growing water sports on the sparkling water of Windermere?
Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a low impact exercise that combines balance, core strength and endurance. An offshoot from surfing believed to have originated from Hawaii, you stand or kneel on a paddleboard using a single blade paddle to move through the water.
You don’t need to be super fit or highly sporty to give it go, it’s easy to get the hang of and at Low Wood Watersports you can do taster sessions through to 4-hour adventures. Wetsuits included with hire.
There is parking, changing rooms and showers, equipment hire and a shop selling refreshments on site.
Location: Low Wood Bay Watersports, Windermere.
Sat Nav Postcode: LA23 1LP
Best for: Older children, teens and adults who enjoy being active and being on the water.
Britain’s best-known walker Alfred Wainwright loved the fells of the Lake District. His highly distinctive pictorial walking guides to the 214 fells feature pen and ink sketches and handwriting rather than the typical typeface. To fully immerse yourself in the Wainwright experience you need a copy of the book to hand as you walk the route. We’ve picked three iconic routes from easy to challenging to get you started.
A short circular from Windermere provides breathtaking views at the summit. It was one of the first walks Wainwright did in the Lake District.
The path up to Orrest Head has changed since Wainwright’s first steps back in 1930, having been asphalted in places so that those in wheelchairs or buggies can reach certain vantage points peering down on Lake Windermere.
What hasn’t changed are the views.
It’s a meandering 783ft all the way to the top with plenty of seats to rest and signposts pointing the way around every corner.
Best for: Good for all and for families with young kids.
Walkable from the centre of Keswick, it’s two and-half miles and 950ft of ascent to Latrigg but when you get to the summit it offers peaks as far as the eye can see and spy on the tiny rooftops of Keswick below.
The early slopes of this walk can feel like a backbreaker, but they soon level out to offer “the easiest of Promenades,” as Wainwright put it.
From the centre of Keswick, find Keswick Cottage Hospital and just along from here is a historic signpost pointing the way to Latrigg.
Best for: Walkers with a moderate level of fitness
More information: www.keswick.org/what-to-do/walking-routes/latrigg-walking-route
Reaching the top of Scafell Pike is a huge achievement and a serious challenge.
It is England's highest mountain at 978 metres and a war memorial, cared for by the National Trust as a result of a gift after the war. Thousands of people enjoy Scafell Pike each year.
The climb to the top should not be underestimated so, to have the best experience, plan ahead, use a map and compass and check weather conditions before setting off.
Best for: Adults and teenagers with a good level of fitness
More information: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wasdale/features/climbing-scafell-pike
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