Get wet. Climb high. Laugh. Take silly selfies. Experience. The famous Lake District landscape is made for letting go and having some fun. Some would say that you only need to head off on a ramble to enjoy the best of the Lake District’s landscapes, but finding new and fun ways of letting go in the stunning Lake District landscape gives a whole new experience and offers memories that you’ll treasure forever. Here we explore some of fun-filled activities that can do just that and more besides.
Although not indigenous to the region, there are many alpacas to be found in the Lake District and nowhere more easily than at Alpacaly Ever After on Braithwaite Farm in Keswick. Here you can meet and even walk with the resident alpacas, experiencing their kind nature as well as funny looks, whilst also taking in the beauty of their home and the surrounding countryside. The farm is home to over eighty alpacas, some of whom you will be introduced to by one of the four expert guides who supervise the activities and ensure you have a lovely visit. Spending time with alpacas has been voted as TripAdvisor’s number one activity to do in the Lake District and we quite agree. Watching an alpaca take a bath in Derwentwater, after a nosey walk around the grounds of the Lingholm Estate where Beatrix Potter spend many a summer holidays as a child, is a sure dose of holiday fun!
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If you’ve ever wondered what the Lake District looks like from the heady heights of tree canopies, then here’s your chance to find out.
Treetop Trek have an awesome activity centre in Brockhole, Windermere, which you can get to by boat over Lake Windermere.
This family-friendly activity is for everyone; adults as well as children aged 3+, and there are different activity packages to choose from.
Features include a wide range of treetop nets, climbing walls, zip wires and suspended treks that offer exhilaration as well as the chance to see Lake Windermere and the surrounding landscape from a unique vantage point above.
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Electric mountain biking is really starting to take off, and there are a number of places in the Lake District that you can hire them, like Grizedale Mountain Bikes in Hawkshead.
The reason electric mountain bikes are becoming so popular, is because you can cover more ground in less time and with less effort – this of course, means that you get to see and ride more of the glorious land around you.
There are two types of bike to choose from, a standard electric bike will take you comfortably along lanes and gravel paths, but should you wish to go “off-roading” then check out the full suspension electric mountain bike models – they’re tough enough for any trek!
The battery can last for a day of riding and Grizedale Forest is home to some of the best mountain bike trails in Europe. Marked trails are colour-coded with waymarkers and are graded depending of their level of difficulty.
Grizedale Forest is famous also for its Andy Goldsworthy sculptures, and electric mountain biking is a fun new way of enjoying these. You can also easily gain height to take in panoramic views of Coniston Water, Coniston Old Man, the Langdale Fells and Helvellyn.
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Taking to white water rapids in the Lake District is a great way to experience some thrills and possibly even some spills.
Rafting, tubing and canoeing all help bring you a little closer to nature, to make you feel totally invigorated and full of life.
Keswick Adventures is one of the places you can go if splashing around in the water is your idea of having fun.
And whether it’s the thrill of hydrospeeding or the calm of building a raft, whilst taking part in the activities, you’re sure to come away wanting more – once you’ve had time to recover in your cosy holiday hideaway.
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The well-established GoApe activity centre in Grizedale Forest is not one to let fall from your radar.
Treetop adventures don’t come much more fun-packed than this, high ropes, swings and zip wires are the order of the day – whilst the peaceful forest scenery and fresh air provide an enchanting backdrop.
Children over 10 can take the “Tree Top Challenge” (if accompanied by an adult), but for younger kids there are less vertically challenging activities to get involved with – this is a family-friendly and fun day out for all!
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