The Best Things to Do in the Lake DistrictHolgates cottage collection is perfectly placed to help you discover the Lake District. From walking and cycling routes to boat trips and aquariums, we’ve put together the best things to do in the Lake District.
WalkingThe Lake District has some of the best walking trails in the country, offering something for both ramblers are more experienced hikers. There are gentle strolls around lakes or more intense hikes up mountains. A few of our favourite walks in the Lake District include:
- Borger Dalr geology walk - Explore the best of the Lakes with this 4-mile walk, including amazing coloured rocks at Dalt Quarry, and stunning views over an old drained ice age lake.
- Rydal Water & Grasmere - This 6-mile hike takes in stunning views of Rydal Water and the village of Grasmere. It’s particularly stunning in Autumn as the trees are changing colour.
- Tom Gill to Tarn Hows - A short 1.6-mile walk to see the iconic viewpoint at Tarn Hows takes in stunning waterfalls and beautiful woodlands. The views include the Old Man of Coniston and Wetherlam.
- Ennerdale Lake - At 14 miles, this one is for the true adventurer, but it’s the best of what the Lakes has to offer. There’s real solitude allowing you to get close to nature and immerse yourself in the beauty of the lakes.
CyclingThe Lake District is also covered in wonderful cycling routes. Whether you’re after something on the road or want to take your mountain bike onto something a little bumpier. Some of the cycling routes are a little more advanced than others, especially with the hilly terrain, so keep that in mind when you’re planning. A few of our favourite cycling routes are:
- Chalet Tearoom loop in Keswick - This easy 12.9-mile circular starts and ends in Keswick. It’s on good roads without any major hills, plus it ends at the Chalet Tearooms for a bite to eat.
- Grizedale Forest - This one can be as short or as long as you want, from 2 miles to 14. You’ll need a mountain bike or hybrid here, and to choose your route through the forest wisely. If you choose well, there’s something for every age group.
- Newlands & Honister - 17.5 miles may not seem too much, but this one is a little harder, with a couple of big hills to climb. The scenery is stunning and there are pubs for refreshments on the route.