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The best outdoor activities in the Lake District holiday cottages

The best outdoor activities in the Lake District

Kim Brough 23 December 2022

The Lake District is a playground of outdoor activities: on the water and land, and even high up in the sky! 

The deep lakes, towering mountains and sheer rock faces have attracted adventurers for centuries, and their pioneering has opened up these exciting activities to so many people. 

Whether you’re a newbie looking for a couple of Lake District adventures, are hoping to discover a new hobby, or are an experienced outdoor explorer, the national park offers something for you. Take a deeper dive into these excellent Lake District adventure activities!


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Water activities in the Lake District

Water activities in the Lake District

Get onto and into the water either by boat or just in your cossie! On warm days, one of the many water activities in the Lake District is a great way to cool off. Even in the colder months, exploring the lakes and rivers of the national park is a thrilling adventure.

Wild swimming in the Lakes

Wild swimming in the Lakes

Take a dip in a lake, tarn or river pool with the help of our Lake District wild swimming guide. These are some of the best places you can swim in Cumbria for amazing views, clear water, and an invigorating experience.

Kayaking and paddleboarding in the Lakes

Kayaking and paddleboarding in the Lakes

Are you coming to the Lake District with your own kayak, canoe, or paddleboard? There are also many places to hire a craft from in the national park. Make sure you know where you can launch from with our handy guide.



Activities for adrenaline lovers in the Lakes

Activities for adrenaline lovers in the Lake District

There’s no better feeling than that of some adrenaline pumping through your veins. Whether you’re stepping into unknown territory and pushing your limits, or you are just in love with the experience of doing something a bit crazy, then these adrenaline-packed Lake District adventures are for you.

Climbing in the Lakes

Climbing in the Lakes

The Lake District is the birthplace of British climbing thanks to its varied landscapes that draw you in to explore. Take on mighty overhangs, world-famous routes or easy slabs, depending on your abilities and preferences.

Up in the air

Up in the air

There’s no need to keep your feet on the ground in the Lake District because there all sorts of in-air activities to choose from. Leave your head in the clouds with one of these extra-special adventures that will stay with you forever.


Relaxing outdoor activities in the Lakes

Relaxing outdoor activities in the Lake District

You don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy the great outdoors! There are also plenty of relaxing activities to enjoy while you admire the mountain scenery and get some fresh air.

Golf in the Lakes

Golf in the Lakes

Practice your golf swing in some of the best scenery of the country! From seaside links to courses in the midst of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, golf in the Lake District is a truly spectacular experience.

Fishing in the Lakes

The Lake District waters are stocked with legendary giants and rare species, making for a diverse and satisfying fishing experience. Pick your spot and prepare to cast off in one of these wonderful fishing locations.



Walking and hiking in the Lake District

Walking and hiking in the Lake District

Of course, the ultimate outdoor Lake District activity is walking. With thousands of routes to choose from, you’ll never be short of options for getting into the great outdoors.

Mountain walks in the Lake District

Mountain walks in the Lake District

Enjoy endless mountain walks around the Lake District's many peaks and hills from Skiddaw to The Old Man of Coniston, Scafell Pike to Helvellyn. Get your stamina up and work on your peak fitness to see some of the best views in the whole UK.

Short walks in the Lake District

Short walks in the Lake District

Hikes aren't for everybody, or perhaps you just need a change of gear and some guilt-free gentle strolls. No matter the reason, we think that there are lots of beautiful short walks in the Lake District to discover.




Stay at a self-catering cottage in the Lake District

We have a great collection of holiday cottages located all across the Lake District. These include farmhouses, lakeside and lake view houses, and some attractive apartments, many in the best locations to enjoy an action-packed break. Wherever you choose to holiday this year with your friends and family, we have the perfect accommodation for you.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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