The Lake District delivers big on views like this one...

The Lake District is a truly extraordinary part of the UK, brimming with history and character and home to the kind of grand and majestic scenery that is evocative of New Zealand and other far-flung parts of the world. What’s more, it is a place that caters to many different interests (and many kinds of traveller). We’ve outlined some of the best things to see and do in the Lake District for every kind of holiday maker.


Families large and small can take their pick of leisure activities and fun days out at the lakes. Nearby attractions such as Muncaster castle and Wordsworth’s family home will satisfy history buffs while sporty types can feed their passion with everything from archery and family canoeing to group treks in the high tree tops.

When you’re looking to take things at a slower pace, families of all ages can enjoy nature walks and picnics. Many parks in the lakes have on site adventure playgrounds which is ideal for keeping younger ones occupied on long family days out.

Adventure breaks

The Lake District is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise in many ways – the various mountains and hills surrounding the lakes provide the perfect place for mountain biking, mountain trekking and white knuckle-kayaking and rafting. If this isn’t enough, paragliding and kite surfing is also available here, providing such a thrilling way to take in the views.

As well as the many mountain and hill treks to choose from, there are many spots for rock-climbing enthusiasts located in Langdale and Scafell. Most of these climbing spots are very steep ascents and are often used to prepare climbing professionals for Mount Everest so these are only to be attempted if you have previous experience (and nerves of steel!)


What better place to spend a romantic break with your significant other than in the region that inspired some of England’s most celebrated romantic poets? Walk among nature in the vast hills and valleys as Wordsworth did centuries before and fall in love with the vast unending scenery. The views that surround Lake Windermere make perfect picnic spots while the lake itself provides romantic boat rides and the opportunity to hire a rowing boat to take in the views at your own pace.

However you choose to spend a day out on the lakes, you’re guaranteed a wonderful experience. Why not further enhance your trip to the Lake District with a stay in a cosy retreat by the lakeside? Wake up to idyllic views in one of many beautiful spots in the lakes – ideal for both romantic getaways and relaxing family holidays.