The Lake District National Park has walks for every ability from ambles around lakes to high ridge walks, with a bit of scrambling - climbing over rocks without a rope. Whether you are looking for the best Lake District walks, full walking holidays, or accessible walks suitable for everyone, you can find what you need here.
Famous as the birthplace of modern rock climbing, climbing activities on offer in the Lake District and Cumbria are wide and varied, suitable for any level of experience.
Mountain BikingNestled in the heart of Grizedale Forest in the Lake District National Park, Grizedale Mountain Bikes is one of the largest bike hire centers in the North West. We offer safe, off-road riding for riders of all ages - 12months to 100 years+! With a mixture of gravel tracks andtechnical single tracks . we have something for everyone. Be warned though, we are very hilly and even the easiest trail has a long up hill but don't let that put you off, your effort will be rewarded with fantastic views.
Grizedale forest also provides 'Go Ape' activities involving swinging around high up in the trees.
Lake District, Cumbria is the adventure capital of
the UK, offering a huge variety of watersports, from
canoeing and sailing to windsurfing and diving, your
choice of water based activities is limitless. Come
and take part in outdoor swimming events, including
the Great North Swim - the UK's biggest open water
swimming event, which takes place every year on Lake
Windermere. Maybe you fancy learning to water-ski or
sail. Or if you want a fun based team activity why
not try dragon boat racing or raft building.
Running in the Lakes
Question: I am going to the lake district
for Easter and need to fit in a 22 mile run on one
of the days for marathon training. Does anyone know
of any particularly good routes that have even
ground as don't want to risk injury at this late
stage running on uneven ground but on the same note
would prefer to not run on concrete pavements for
the whole thing.
Answer:Why not run from Hawkshead to Coniston, around the lake (the coniston 14 route) and back to Hawkshead? That must be about the right distance.
The Lake District is a magically beautiful region of high peaks, open fells, lakes and sparkling rivers that offers some tremendous fishing amidst scenery that is both spectacular and intimate. Coniston lake offers fishing for trout, char, pike and perch.
There are also access points and parking areas
along the south western shore before the road bears
left and away from the lake.I am going to the lake
district for Easter (staying in Windermere but have
car) and need to fit in a 22 mile run on one of the
days for marathon training.
Boat anglers can launch at Coniston Boating Centre - half a mile from Coniston village. Boats can also be hired from here but expect to pay a tourist rate - at least the fishing is free.
Photography & Art
Immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery; the
area is understandably popular with photographers
and artists due to the mixture of rolling hills,
rugged peaks, picturesque valleys and crystal clear
lakes . The area is spectacular all year-round;
weather you go in Autumn, Winter, Spring or Summer
makes it a hotspot for photographers or artists.
Ruskin who settled on the shores of Coniston lake
championed Pre-Raphaelite art and
artists. This was about painting the beauty of
what you see.
JMW Turner often visited the area. Beatrix Potter- the illustrationist also lived here and besides these there are many land scape artists. One of the most famous being Shiela Tell.
There are a number of art and craft courses
arranged throughout the year at Brantwood house
BeachesWithin 20 miles of Coniston are the following attractive beaches:
Haverigg beach: Haverigg beach is found at the mouth of the Duddon Estuary and has views over the Lake District fells. The shingle beach gives way to a vast expanse of sand, heading out towards the Irish sea. There are large sand dunes, covered in sharp sea-grasses.…
Silecroft beach: Situated on the edge of the Lake District National Park, this is a gently shelving sand and shingle beach which extends as far as the eye can see in both directions.
St Bee's Beach: Stretching out below the dramatic headland of St Bees Head is a mile long sand and pebble beach. Stretching from South Head to Seamill lane, St Bees beach consists of a shingle bank which slopes down to an expanse of golden sand.
Roan Head Beach: Picturesque sandy expanse located around 3 miles north of Barrow-in-Furness. Big tidal range exposes huge sandy flats but also causes strong currents making it unsuitable for swimming. The beach here is an important nature reserve
House. John Ruskin's Home and Museum
A historic house, museum and vibrant centre for the arts, Ruskin’s former home has a wealth of things to see and do for the whole family. Brantwood offers a fascinating insight into the world of John Ruskin and the last 28 years of his life spent in the Lakes. Filled with many fine paintings, beautiful furniture and Ruskin’s personal treasures, the house retains the character of its famous resident. Our visitors are free to explore the rooms and house stewards are on hand to answer questions. There are a range of quizzes and activities for children to enjoy.
The steam yaught Gondola
is a rebuilt Victorian,scre propelledstem powered
vessel on Coniston water. Originally launched in
1859, she was built for the steamer service
carrying passengers from the Furness Railway and
from the Coniston Railway. She was in commercial
service until 1936 when she was retired, being
converted to a houseboat in 1946. In 1979, by now
derelict, she was given a new hull, engine, boiler
and most of the superstructure. She is back in
service as a passenger boat throughout most of the
The Ruskin Museum is an award-winning Cabinet of
Curiosities which tells the Story of Coniston.
The Rough Guide to the Lake District [all editions] praises ‘Coniston’s superb museum’ as ‘the most thought-provoking in the Lakes’ for its inspirational and award-winning telling of The Story of Coniston from the first Stone Age fell-walkers, who made and traded stone axes, to the Jet Era when the 1950s speed ace Donald Campbell used Coniston Water as Bluebird K7’s