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 and suitable for any level of experience.
Nestled 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 and technical
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.
John 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
Within 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
Brantwood 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.
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 year.
The Ruskin Museum
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