Things To Do
- Walking – there are endless trails around the lakes and more strenuous mountain climbs. The visitors centre in Windermere is the perfect place to seek advice, buy maps and suggested walking route trails.
- Biking – Discover the breathtaking scenery around Lake Windermere by bike - Windermere Cycle Hire Centre is at the Windermere Railway Station platform, enabling you to enjoy bridleway cycling to the Lakeland villages and you can even follow the trail of Beatrix Potter (www.countrylaneslakedistrict.co.uk). Or, for the adrenaline-junkies, head off mountain biking in Grizedale Forest where the Grizedale Forest Visitor centre has everything from clothing to the largest fleet of bikes in Northern England.
- Horse Riding – there are lots of riding centres in the Lakes. Explore on four feet instead of two and go trekking in the private farmland at Holmescales Private Riding Centre, perfect for complete novices and the more experiences rider. For something completely unique, head to the world’s only Clydesdale and Shire Riding experience at Cumbrian Heavy Horses to go on hacks in the Whicham Valley.
- Watersports – The perfect way to independently explore the Lakes, visit Windermere Canoe Kayak centre to hire Kayaks or Canoes for half or full days.
- Climbing - as well as the natural mountain areas for climbing the Lakes also has a Climbing Centre with the tallest indoor wall in the country which offers indoor and outdoor sessions and courses for all – www.kendallwall.co.uk. Other climbing options include the 'Treetop Trek' centre just outside Windermere where you can climb, swing and balance your way through the free canopy, as well as Go Ape in Grizedale Forest.
- Cruises - there are short cruises available on many of the area’s lakes. Here are just a few to try:
The Keswick Launch on Derwentwater, Windermere Lake Cruises on Windermere, Steam Cruises on Coniston Lake, Coniston Cruises – on Coniston Lake.
- Castles and Gardens – Visit the National Trust's Wray Castle, a mock-gothic fantasy castle set amongst woodland on the western shores of Lake Windermere with tonnes of history and some great stories to tell. For some beautiful gardens and to see the house where Lord and Lady Cavendish still live, head to Holker Hall and Gardens where there are lots of kids play and picnic areas.