5 Things to Do in The Lake District
1. Have A Swim In An Infinity Pool
The Lake District is ideal for discovering secluded spots off the beaten track. Stumble upon magnificent infinity pools hidden throughout the Lake District, and even take a dip! Enjoy the historic Tongue Pot’s fresh natural water, which forms a beautiful crystal-clear pool beneath a roaring waterfall. Another stunning location is the Fairy Glen which is reminiscent of a scene from an idyllic fairy-tale. This breath-taking infinity pool is perfect for swimming, and you may even see some fish! If you continue walking, you will come across the Galleny Force Waterfall where you can run and jump into plunge pools! If you’re looking for hidden gems and secret locations in the Lake District, this should definitely be on your list!
2. Take A Beautiful Hike
If you are exploring the Lake District, one of the best things to do is go for a scenic hike and soak up all the beautiful views! One of the best walks in the Lake District is the Fairfield Horseshoe, which begins in the idyllic village of Rydal. This circular walk spans 10 miles around the Lake District and takes roughly 5 and a half hours to complete. Discover beautiful green highlands, explore narrow rocky paths, hike steep ridgelines and if the weather is good, you will even be able to see the Helvellyn range in the distance! Find the map of the walk here.
The challenging Helvellyn walk has an elevation of 842m and takes around 4 and a half to 6 and a half hours to complete. Helvellyn is the third-highest point in the Lake District so you may have to scramble on your hands, and you’ll need be ok with heights! but this walk offers some of the best views of the Lake District and was even named Britian’s best walk in 2018! Once you’ve clambered up the Striding Edge, on a clear day you will be able to see breath-taking panoramic views of the Lake District. Find the route of the walk here.
If you are escaping to the Lake District with your family and want to go on a beautiful circular 2-mile walk, the Tarns Hows walk is a family-friendly route where you can admire stunning panoramic lakeside views. The walk starts at the Tarn Hows car park and takes around a 1 hour to complete. Find the route here.
3. Rent a Boat
Hiring a self-drive boat is a great experience all year round. Whether you want to capture some beautiful shots of Lake Windermere in the winter or bask in the golden sun whilst floating of glimmering crystal waters in the summer, you can hire a boat with Windermere Lake Cruises for up to 6 people for a duration of 1 or 2 hours. You do not need any previous experience and you are even allowed to bring your pet aboard too! Book your boating experience here.
4. Horse Ride
The Lake District is the perfect location to horse ride whether you have no experience or if you have ridden before. With large open fields, bridgeways and beaches you will feel confident no matter your abilities.
Rookin House is an Equestrian Centre which has been established for 25 years. The centre offers horse riding options to suit all abilities and you can choose to ride privately through the Lake District for an hour or if you prefer, even up to a full day! Rookin House also offer pony days and birthday pony parties if your little one loves horses! Book your horse-riding session here.
Happy Hooves Riding Centre offer a range of activities for the whole family to enjoy, catering from 2 years of age to adults. All the horses are fully trained to ensure both your safety and enjoyment. Happy Hooves Riding Centre also has the most advanced horse simulator in the world, so if you feel nervous or would like to have a refresh before heading out onto the bridleway you can do so! The simulator includes an RDA (riding for the disabled) programme specially installed to benefit riders with cerebral palsy, learning difficulties and autism. Book your horse-riding session here.
5. Explore Rydal Caves
Another famous attraction is Rydal caves, which is hidden away in the Lake District. The walk up to the caves is suitable for the whole family and has some spectacular views on the way! The cave was a working quarry over 200 years ago, meaning it is entirely manmade. The cave is free to visit, and you can visit at any time, but be sure to take a torch if you are venturing out so you do not get caught in the dark! Travel back in history and explore the stunning slate-walled cave by following the route here.