October half term is now upon us and there will be lots of children on holiday demanding to be entertained. So far, the forecast is not fantastic but there is still plenty to do in and around our lake district cottages.
Grizedale Forest is a forestry commission park in the central south Lake District. It occupies a huge swathe of land between Coniston and Windermere with gentle walks, sculpture trails, cycling, horse-riding or the Go Ape high rope course.
Honister Slate Mine is in a stunning location on top of Honister Pass, between Buttermere and Borrowdale. Unique and informative mine tours go deep into the heart of the mountainside. Daredevils can have a go on the Via Ferrata, suitable for children over the age of 10.
An indoor activity suitable for the whole family is the Aquarium of the Lakes. Not just fish; there are reptiles, monkeys and diving ducks and otters too. Located at the southern tip of Windermere, the Aquarium connects with the Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway, a really relaxing way to enjoy this scenic part of Lakeland.
Cumbria has a dramatic coastline with beautiful beaches from the sands of the southern peninsulas to the shingles and pebbles of Allonby. It looks like the weather is going to be perfect for kite flying! St Bees has a quaint beach café and Allonby is home to Twentyman’s, a legendary local ice cream parlour.
Kids of all ages like castles and the Eden Valley is full of them. You could make a whole day of touring them. Most are in ruins but atmospheric none the less. Read more in our article on Eden Valley Castles.
If all else fails, Dalemain have some antique kennel cages . . . . .