5 Things to Go-Do in The Lake District

We’ve been visiting the Lake District Cumbria since we were kids.  Apart from the STUNNING scenery, it has some great places to have fun, especially in the warmer months; here they are.

  1.  Visit Hawkshead.  Cute as you like, quaint streets, some good ole English cafe’s, pubs and visitor shops, it’s a good place to spend half a day.

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Poppy Red is a cafe/shop that has been there at least 10 maybe 15 years and is a must ⇓

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A car ferry runs from Hawskhead to Windermere and is a fun way to travel across the lake; we loved it when we were young and now our kids enjoy the same.

2.  Hire a wooden motor boat from Lake Windermere for an hour or two.  This is so much fun on a sunny day; take food and drink and just enjoy pootling along.  Blankets are a good idea as it can often be windy out on the open water.

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Photo credit: original by Simon Braithwaite

Photo credit: original by Simon Braithwaite

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3.  Explore the Treetops at Brockhole, (The Lake District Visitor Centre).  Positioned on the main road between Bowness and Ambleside there’s plenty of things to do for families looking for great activities.  We only recently discovered this place and really like it.  There’s a large shop, café, canoeing, bike hire, adventure playground, mini-golf and pony rides and all within stunning grounds.  Visit the Brockhole Website here for more info.

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4.  Spend the night or take afternoon tea at The Lakeside Hotel, Newby Bridge.  One of our most favourite places, it is five-star luxury for when you need it.  There’s a previous blog post all about it here.

5.  Explore Low Wray Castle.

This one I’m hesitant to add but based on my 8-year old enjoying it so much, it makes the cut!  Having being aware of it for years, this year we decided to go see what it was like.  The castle is a National Trust property and is stunning from the exterior – the views equally so, however, once in side we thought it a bit of a mixed bag.

Some rooms were mostly empty except a few artefacts, others were clearly sponsored and some were what you might expect to find – a more complete picture of castle life many years ago.  The best summation is perhaps that it comes across as being a work in progress.  There was clearly an attempt to engage kids with a room dedicated to colouring in crowns, a dressing up room and a whole wing fitted out as a Peter Rabbit experience.  Miss P loved dressing up and as we walked round thinking ‘what is this?!’ she said again and again how much fun it was.  Would recommend for a rainy day – it’d be interesting to see what others have found.

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Have fun whatever you get up to, till next week ~ OX.




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