Three Fun Free things to do in the Lake District


The best things in life are free and nowhere is that truer than the Lake District!  We've put together our best free things to do in the Lakes for those of you who want to explore the magic of the national park for nothing.

Woods in the Lake District

1) A Game of Hide and Seek!
Keep the children entertained without opening your wallet with a free family outing in Eskdale! Park at the free car park on Eskdale Green just beyond the village shop and head to Giggle Alley, a small woodland where you can spend the afternoon playing hide and seek with the little ones and building brilliant dens! This is great fun if you're staying in one of our Eskdale Cottages too.

Giggle Alley in the Lake District

Hidden in the heart of Giggle Alley woods is a beautiful Japanese Garden with thickets of bamboo, Japaense maples, rhododendrons and azaleas with fabulous picnic spots too.

Waterfall in the Lake District

2) Let's Go for a Swim!
How early do you dare to go swimming in a Lake?  If you have small children, then Ullswater is a fantastic lake to go for a swim or a paddle. You can park by the road which is just by the lake (through a few trees). Children don’t seem to feel the cold and it’s great fun to make a camp fire to warm up by afterwards. You can spend hours on end making channels and dams at the water’s edge. The bubbling River Esk in Eskdale has natural pools for swimming too, especially at Trough House Bridge and Forge Bridge.

Derwentwater in summer

3) An Afternoon Rambling in Keswick
This is one of my favourite walks and it's great if you have kids in buggies or prams and its a good accessible route for wheelchairs. It's a relatively low level walk and takes in fabulous locations with lake and mountain views. Park at the car park by Theatre be the Lake and follow the road down to Derwentwater foreshore. When the tarmac ends, continue on a good stone track, ignoring a left fork and carry on to the viewpoint of Friar's Crag. Return to the left fork (now on the right). It leads down to a kissing gate and on to Strandshag Bay. A bridge and kissing gate take you into a small wood. From here, join the road to Stable Hills. Turn left to the B5289 and retrace the route back! The whole route is 2.4 miles! A perfect way to spend a day if you're staying in one of our Keswick Cottages without spending a penny.

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