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Top 6 things to do in the Lake District

Rugged, untamed and beautiful, the heart of the Lake District has much to offer. Here are our suggestions:

Walking in the Lake District

A view from atop The Old Man of Coniston

1. Pay a visit to The Old Man of Coniston

This is one of many great walking routes for keen explorers and just an 8-minute ramble from our Coniston Park Coppice site. Your journey starts above Coniston village and climbs past a disused quarry as you head towards the summit. This route offers striking views of the natural landscape and plenty of photo opportunities.

 

2. Kayak and canyon climbing in Brocklebank

The budding adventurer is spoilt for choice in the Lakes as the diverse terrain allows for all kinds of outdoor activities.

In Brocklebank, you can try your hand at gorge scrambling, canyon walking, kayaking, abseiling, rock climbing, bush craft, orienteering and archery - to name a few. This can all be booked through the Joint Adventures website

Kayaking, one of many activities at Brocklebank

3. Go Ape in Grizedale 

Balance along rope bridges, grapple up nets and whizz down a zip wire for some serious monkey business. At Go Ape you can enjoy some high-climbing, treetop adventures which is suitable for all the family. Test your nerve up in the canopy traversing across the obstacles and don't worry, you'll be clipped on to a safety line while you're on the move.

Located in Grizedale, Go Ape is only a short drive from Coniston Park Coppice Club Site and a fun and active day out for the kids (and big kids too).

Enjoy a tree top adventure with 'Go Ape'

4. Red Squirrels at Aira Force in Ullswater

Follow the woodland trails through Red Squirrel country where you'll find the impressive cascading waterfall, Aira Force. Looked after by National Trust, children can explore nature's playground and become 'Squirrel Detectives' by following the map on Cyril the Squirrel's red squirrel ramble.

Beside the water it's a calmer view, where you'll find some great picnic spots or instead head to the cafe to enjoy a warming cup of tea and slice of cake.

Admire the rushing water of Aira Force

5. Cruise across Windermere

Enjoy the mountain scenery, secluded bays and wooded islands from the calming waters of Windermere. Spend a whole afternoon sailing on the lake or simply choose a 45 minute tour - either way, a boat ride is guaranteed to keep your camera clicking. Take your pick from a number of sailing operators including Windermere Lake Cruises

Cruise across Windermere

6. Alpaca some sandwiches for the journey!

We couldn't leave out these little guys so here's a 6th thing you can do whilst staying in the Lake District.

You can't beat a family walk around the beautiful Lingholm Estate with your very own alpaca companions. Yes, Alpacaly Ever After looks after a large herd of Alpacas which have been trained and are more than happy being walked around the gardens and lakes with some willing human friends. Enjoy a fantastic experience with the whole family and give yourself something to talk about for years to come. They also sell woolly things in the gift shop and there's a cafe too!

Go walking with an Alpaca friend

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