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.
Boat TripsIt wouldn’t be a trip to the Lake District without getting out onto one of the lakes in some way and the best and easiest way to do it is with a boat trip. These boat trips vary from guided sightseeing tours to ferries designed to get you from A to B. The bigger lakes, like Lake Windermere, have numerous boat trips to pick from. Windermere Lake Cruises stop at several locations on England’s longest lake, making it a great choice for both getting around the lake and seeing it from the water. Ullswater Steamers has been operating for 150 years on the beautiful Ullswater, on heritage steamer vessels. Coniston and Derwentwater have boat trips of their own too, so getting out on the water couldn’t be easier. If you want to hire a boat in the Lake District then that’s an option too. You can hire boats on Windermere, Coniston, Ullswater and Derwent Water from local watersport centres. It’s worth considering your abilities and the conditions before hiring a boat and understanding the risks that you’ll be undertaking when taking your boat out onto open water.
Things to Do in the Lake District for CouplesThe Lake District is the perfect place to explore as a couple, there are a number of romantic and intimate things you can do in the area. These include theatre trips, outdoor activities, museums and famous landmarks in the Lake District. Below is a list of some of our favourite things to do in the Lake District for couples. Theatre by the Lake is the perfect place to spend a slow evening, nestled beside Derwentwater in Keswick. Take in a show in the unique theatre, which has been hailed as one of the most beautifully located and friendly theatres in Britain. With a variety of shows and festivals from local performers and visiting companies, there’s always something worth checking out. Grizedale, with the Treetop Challenge or the Zip Trekking Adventure. There are tree climbing and zipline activities perfect for all ages and abilities, plus a Segway course for those looking to keep their feet closer to the ground. Go Ape is the perfect way to do something adventurous outdoors, whether you’re after an exciting activity for a couple or the whole family. Rydal Mount & Gardens is the perfect place to visit. The house offers a peek into the life of its former resident, the poet William Wordsworth’s life, as well as beautiful views across the surrounding area. You can take a stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens too, before unwinding in the tearooms.
Things to Do in the Lake District in WinterThe Lake District is a great place to visit any time of the year. The winter months may not be everyone’s ideal, but for many, it’s the best time to visit. The roads are quieter, the scenery still beautiful and atmospheric, the walking still good and there’s the chance to curl up in a cosy cottage away from the bustle of the wider world. There’s also a number of activities perfect for winter in the Lake District. Keswick Museum will be there to welcome visitors. Following a refurbishment in 2014 the museum reopened to the public to showcase life in the local area. The collection is a mixture of images and items that represent the local landscape and natural history, the lives of local people, the industrial history of the area and art from people in the area. Only a small portion of the wider collection is ever on display at any one time, so it’s always worth a revisit to look at new exhibits.
Lodore FallsWinter is the best time to see the Lake District’s waterfalls, and Lodore Falls is a great example of these. Located near Derwentwater, you can witness a brilliant cascade of water falling into the Borrowdale Valley. These falls drastically reduce in the summer, especially if there are prolonged periods without rainfall, so winter is by far the best time to view them.
Things to Do in the Lake District When It RainsA rainy day can happen all year round. The Lakes, while beautiful, are known for their rainfall. Even if you’re caught in a sudden summer downpour, or you find your trip covered with rain clouds, there’s something to do in the Lake District, whether it’s soaking in the atmosphere the rain brings to the scenery or opting for one of the area’s excellent indoor activities. Lakes Aquarium. This particular aquarium has a focus on freshwater life and you can learn all about the lakes in the area and the creatures that live in them. There’s even a tunnel that recreates the bottom of Lake Windermere that you can walk through. The aquarium also has areas based on the shoreline, with a focus on the nearby shores of the Lake District, plus tanks that feature species from all over the world like Asia and the Americas. You can spot short-clawed otters and piranhas, to name a few. World of Beatrix Potter in any weather, but it’s ideal for a rainy day. This unique experience will allow you to learn everything you could ever want to know about Beatrix Potter and the characters that she made famous. Along with exhibits, there’s a Peter Rabbit garden and a theatre putting on shows inspired by her characters and stories. Rheged Center in Penrith is the perfect place to spend a rainy day in the Lakes. It’s a large centre that offers a blend of different activities, from food to film, play areas and shopping. There’s something here for everyone in the family, with a good number of options for distracting energetic kids when it’s wet outside. The food hall showcases some of the best local food vendors, while the cinema shows all the latest box office hits amongst other more unusual films. There’s a family theatre too and a selection of indoor and outdoor play areas and pottery painting. There are shops available as well, offering toys, clothes and all sorts of other useful items.
Unusual Things to Do in the Lake DistrictThere’s really something for everyone in the Lake District. There’s a whole host of quirky and unusual things to do in the area too, for those who don’t want a more traditional day out. You can get up close and personal with an alpaca, or ask the fairies for a wish. We’ve gone over some of our favourite unusual things to do in the Lakes. Alpacaly Ever After is the place for you. Rescuing and rehoming alpacas is their speciality. They want to make sure that alpacas are living in the very best circumstances possible. You’ll be able to meet & greet alpacas or go alpaca trekking. You get to have a fun day out while supporting a sanctuary. Fairy Steps at Slack Head will be right up your street. Taking a path up from Beetham village you’ll find two sets of steps going up between the sheer rock face. It’s said that if you can walk up the steps without touching the sides, a fairy will grant you a wish. This may be easier said than done, but it’s certainly worth a try! Hardknott Roman Fort. The remains of the fort are incredibly well preserved and the position of the fort itself is one that’s not to be missed. If you’re a history buff, or simply want to see something a little different, then Hardknott Roman Fort is for you.
Fun Things to Do in the Lake DistrictThe Lake District is ideal for letting your adventurous side take over. It’s jam-packed with fun and exhilarating things to do. You can abseil down cliffs, go ghyll scrambling or on a 4x4 driving experience. There’s something to get your pulse racing. Keswick Extreme Outdoor Activities are ideal for the thrill-seekers amongst us. They specialise in group activities like ghyll scrambling, white water tubing or caving. They’ve got a whole range of activities available, for all ability levels. They can take you rock climbing if you want to stay dry, or into the depths of a mine or caves, helping you explore the Lake District from all angles. Crags Adventures specialise in canyoning and are one of the best outdoor activity providers in the area. They offer the chance to go ghyll scrambling, gorge walking and canyoning with experienced guides. You’ll find yourself scrambling up rocks and throwing yourself into plunge pools, so be prepared to get wet! KANKKU specialises in helping you explore the Lake District from behind the wheel of a car, but without being tied to the road. They offer a selection of self-drive, guided or team tours, so you can experience the Lakes in a truly unique way. These off-road trails can be demanding, but they can help you discover large parts of the Lake District that aren’t accessible otherwise.
1.Happy Mount Park - MorecambeHappy Mount Park in Morecambe is a fantastic day out, and the perfect place to visit if you have children. You can combine a visit to the park with a walk by the seaside, or a day at the beach, and there are lots of things to do, including a free adventure play park and plenty of open green space to relax and enjoy a warm sunny day. There are also paid activities, such as trampolines, swing boats, and crazy golf, and for just £1 each you can enjoy an hour in the ever so popular splash park, which has entertained both locals and visitors for generations. There’s a cafe, too, so you can spend plenty of time in the park and refuel your energy, and of course, you’ll be able to grab an ice cream on a nice hot day.
2.Martin Mere Nature Reserve - BlackpoolIf you’re a nature lover, then why not head to the Martin Mere Nature Reserve, just outside of Blackpool? Open 364 days a year, the reserve is free for WWT members, and there are lots to see and do. If you have children in tow, they host a variety of family-friendly events throughout the year, which are well worth checking out, and of course, there are a lot of animals and birds to discover when you visit. There are hours of fun to be had, with hands-on wildlife discovery activities including feeding the birds by hand, and a craft room where little ones can enjoy a range of craft activities. There are a variety of habitats where you can spot different types of wonderful wildlife, including different types of birds such as ducks, geese, and wading birds.
3.Brockholes Nature Reserve - PrestonAnother great place to visit if you love nature is Brockholes Nature Reserve, which is a 250-acre reserve near Preston. featuring a floating visitors centre in the middle of a lake! There are plenty of birds, butterflies, and wonderful wildlife to be spotted on the reserve, including deer and even reptiles. There are fantastic facilities, too, including plenty of parking, a cafe, and onsite toilets, and a gift shop so that you can pick up a memento when you’re ready to return home. There is something for everyone at Brockholes, so be sure to plan a visit next time you’re staying with us.
4. Samlesbury Hall - PrestonSamlesbury Hall, near Preston, is a stately home that is not to be missed. Steeped in history, and in the heart of Lancashire, Samlesbury Hall is a wonderful day out for the whole family. Entry is free, and they are open Sunday to Friday, however, they close on Saturdays as the hall also doubles as a beautiful wedding venue, so be sure to check the website when you’re planning your visit. There is a gift shop, restaurant, and a playground to keep the children entertained, and even a honey bee heritage centre! The Hall and gardens themselves are absolutely beautiful, and they even offer free tours on Sundays.
5. Harris Museum, Art Gallery, & Library - PrestonWith free admission and lots to see and do, the Harris Museum in Preston is a great day out for all. You can discover over 1200 painting and sculptures, stunning ceramics, over 6000 items of fashion costumes, as well as a stunning history collection that includes a full skeleton of an ice age Elk dating back to 11,500 BC. There are events and exhibitions held regularly, and the museum is wheelchair accessible, with an onsite cafe, toilets, and gift shop.
6. Williamson Park - LancasterWilliamson Park is a stunning park in Lancaster and is not to be missed if you are visiting the area. Sitting right at the top of Lancaster, it offers breathtaking views over Lancaster, Morecambe and Morecambe Bay, and you can even see the mountains of the Lake District. It’s worth a visit just to enjoy the view, particularly if you also manage to catch a sunset, but there is plenty more to see and do as well. With 54 Acres of parkland, woodland, paths and play areas, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy, and there is even a butterfly house with a mini zoo, where you can see Meerkats, Marmosets, and creepy crawly spiders. The stunning Ashton Memorial sits in the centre of the park, and you can climb to the top, or simply admire it from down below. It’s a beautiful landmark and a popular wedding venue. For refreshments, there’s a cafe, with both indoor and outdoor seating available, perfect for a cold drink on a hot day or somewhere to shelter on a crisp winter’s day.
7. Stanley Park, BlackpoolAnother wonderful park that is well worth a visit is Stanley Park, in Blackpool. Voted the best park in the UK twice in the last three years, this 390-acre park offers everything for a fun family day out. From play parks to sporting facilities, to a boating lake there are lots to see and do. The park is known for its iconic bandstand and Italian gardens, and is a tranquil haven amongst the hustle and bustle of Blackpool. It is split into four sections, the north and west making up the formal gardens, the east the lake and woodland area, and the south containing the children’s playground and sports facilities. The park is open from dawn to dusk and has a fantastic Art Deco Cafe, which is not only a great spot for refreshments but an attraction in itself for period enthusiasts.
8. Greenlands Farm Village - CarnforthGreenlands Farm Village, in Carnforth, is an attraction that is simply packed with wonderful things to do for the whole family. It’s free to visit the artisan village, which has shops, a butcher shop, a garden centre and cafe, and you can pay a little extra to visit the open farm, play miniature golf, or enjoy the indoor soft play barn. The farm is a lovely hands-on experience for anybody who wants to meet the animals up close, including pygmy goats, Kune-Kune Pigs, reptiles, and guinea pigs, and plenty of the farm is indoors, so it’s well worth a visit even if the weather isn’t too good. The retail village is a great spot to discover some local businesses, and you can buy everything from food and wine, to gifts, homeware and children’s toys.
9. Pendle Sculpture Trail - PendleIf you fancy a walk with a difference, then be sure to check out the Pendle Sculpture Trail. Starting in Aitken Wood, in Barley, this one-mile trail through the wood offers 10 ceramic plaques each with its own unique symbols which represent the Pendle people who were hanged 400 years ago in the biggest witchcraft trial in this country’s history. There are also a number of mythical creatures dotted around the wood to find, which should keep both children and adults entertained while you enjoy the great outdoors!
10. Haworth Art Gallery - AccringtonHaworth Art Gallery is one of Lancashire’s most wonderful arts and crafts houses, and also has the most beautiful garden which is a delight to walk around. The art gallery has a beautiful collection of 18th and 19th-century paintings, as well as Tiffany glassware, and community artists studios, with workshops, events and sales of artwork regularly taking place. There is also a stunning restaurant & tea room situated in the original arts & crafts dining room. The gallery is open to all and is free admission, so it’s the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful way to enjoy a little bit of art and culture.
Checking InIf staying in Hollins Cottage, please check in direct with the park. Otherwise, we ask you visit our main reception at Silverdale Holiday Park to receive your keys and learn more about what's new at Holgates.
Additional Cleaning Procedures in our CottagesWe have new cleaning procedures and precautions across our holiday cottages, learn more via the link below Additional Cleaning Procedures - Cottage Collection
Do I need to wear a mask?It is now compulsory to wear masks in shops, as a result we will be asking all visitors using our on-site shops to wear a face covering.
When is your pool at Silverdale Holiday Park re-opening?Following government guidance, we are allowed to re-open our pool from Saturday 25th July. Initially this will be for owners and holiday bookings only, full details on the additional safety measures are below.
Pool Open Daily 9am - 9.30pm (last entry 9pm)Guests are limited to a 40 minute honesty swim to ensure everyone has fair access to the facilities.
- All users of the leisure club must be swim ready on entry to the leisure facility.
- All pool users must gain entry to the pool facilities to the rear of the building once details are provided for track and trace, you will be allocated a cubicle to change in, clothes MUST be put in a locker (50p required). All users of the swimming pool are to use the showers on poolside prior to entering the pool.
- All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible person of 16 years or above at all times whilst using the leisure facility. The responsible person must go into the water with the child/children they are accompanying remain with them at all times. No play equipment, including balls, inflatables, woggles, noodles etc. are permitted in the pool. The pool has implemented a no diving, no jumping policy at this time.
- Buoyancy aids accepted under this policy are those that fully support the child's weight in the water & remain secure in and out of the water. E.G. Arm bands, float suits any buoyancy aids that are hand held are NOT considered appropriate.
What facilities will be open at Silverdale Holiday Park?✔ Bar & Restaurant (First come first served dining & takeaway) ✔ Reception ✔ Outdoor Play Areas ✔ Shop (6 people max & pre-order for collection coming soon!) ✔ Arcade Games ✔ Swimming Pool (Saturday 25th July onwards) ✔ Gym
What is still closed?The below facilities will remain closed until further guidance on re-opening our parks is issued. ❌ Sauna & Steam Room ❌ Indoor Play Area ❌ Bowling Lanes We have been awarded 'Good to Go' status, recognising the changes we have made across our parks & locations to keep everybody safe. Learn more about the Good to Go scheme here.
We need your helpIn order to keep our parks open during current events, we ask that if you visit our parks you adhere to our guidelines and be respectful of other guests and social distancing rules.
Safety measures being introducedWe have introduced the following measures to ensure the safety of our guests: ✔ We have strict hygiene routines across our cottages in addition to the already thorough cleans we carry out daily ✔ Social distancing measures have been put in place around our parks if you are visiting. This will include all facilities operating at a lower capacity with floor markings in areas where there is likely to be a queue such as our park receptions and shops ✔ Safety screens are now in place in all areas necessary, including our main reception and bar as we look ahead to opening more and more facilities ✔ Hand sanitisers have been placed around our parks for customers to use ✔ You will also find information throughout our parks and buildings explaining the safety precautions all visitors to the parks must work towards
Do✔ Enjoy your cottage and their outside areas. ✔ Enjoy the villages surrounding our cottages, observing social distance at all times. ✔ Bring soap, hand sanitiser, gloves, toilet roll and disinfectant (just to be on the safe side & especially if it will make you feel more comfortable). ✔ Remember we are here! Our team are always happy to help if you have any queries or concerns. ✔ If ordering takeaway food from Silverdale Holiday Park, maintain social distance whilst collecting.
Please do not❌ Meet or gather with friends in a social group. ❌ Invite or entertain visitors. ❌ Allow children to roam unsupervised outside the boundary of your cottage, so that they do not break social distancing rules (even if it is by accident!) Please take your own precautions when playing and spending time outdoors if visiting our holiday parks nearby, supervising children where you feel necessary.
Our Dog & Pet friendly CottagesWe understand that your pet is part of your family. Our pet friendly cottages in Lancashire are designed for you to bring your dog with you on your holiday. Our pet-friendly cottages can be booked all year round. Each pet-friendly cottage allows one pet per booking with a fee of £40.00. Our dog-friendly cottages include our Hollins Cottage and Cove Lodge, both of which are ready to welcome you and your pup for a holiday filled with exploration and adventure.All of our cottages come with access to the facilities at Silverdale Holiday Park, which includes a swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room plus kids indoor and outdoor play areas.
Hollins CottageHollins Cottage, tucked in on the edge of our 5-star holiday park at Hollins Farm, is ready to welcome you, your family and your pet to the Silverdale & Arnside AONB. Hollins Cottage is perfect for your family getaway, sleeping up to 6 humans and one four-legged friend. The cottage has been exquisitely decorated and kitted out with everything a family will need. There’s a private walled garden so you can sit outside and stunning views across Morecambe Bay. The cottage is situated next to the holiday park but also amongst the working farm, so you’ll have a break with a difference.While Hollins Cottage is happy to welcome your pup, there’s only one allowed per booking and there’s an additional fee of £40.00.
Cove LodgeIf you want to escape to a private dog friendly holiday cottage, then Cove Lodge is perfect for you. Cove Lodge sleeps up to 4 people and is just moments away from the sea in a secluded corner of Silverdale. With a large private garden and a beautifully furnished interior, complete with art from local artists, Cove Lodge is perfect for you, your family and your best four-legged friend. The cottage has a log-burner with a starter kit, making it an excellent option at any time of year.If you want to bring your pooch with you to Cove Lodge you’ll need to pay an additional fee of £40.00. Dogs are limited to one per booking.
Dog friendly days out in the lake districtThe Lake District is just a short drive from our dog-friendly holiday cottages, and it’s the perfect place to take your dog for a day out. Whether you want to visit a distillery, go on a lake cruise or simply take your dog on a hike, there’s a dog-friendly day out in the Lake District for you. Below you’ll find a few suggestions for a day out with your dog in the Lake District.
- The Lakes Distillery - learn all about the distillation process and stock up on some excellent spirits.
- Windermere Lake Cruises - see Windermere from the water and take your pup with you. Enjoy stunning views and learn all about the lake and surrounding area.
- Yew Tree Barn - explore a barn filled with Antiques and other wonders, along with an on-site blacksmith and cafe.
- Lakeland Motor Museum - learn everything you’d ever want to know about the humble automobile and discover vintage cars, all with your dog in tow!