SCRAMBLE, HIKE & STROLL
Packed your boots for your holiday? There are 1000’s of routes throughout the lake district just waiting to be explored. The park is only 20 minutes away from Windermere and the National Trust’s Fell Foot Park, great for a short stroll. Or if you're more experienced, Scafell and Helvellyn, the 2 tallest mountains in England are on your door step.
There are plenty of resources online to plan your walks and remember to bring your maps! Always be prepared when heading out into the fells. Make sure you have checked the weather report, you have suitable clothing and that you have the right equipment. A comfortable backpack with food, water, a survival bag, first aid kit, map, compass and extra energy giving foods are recommended.
If you are walking in winter, unless highly experience with the right equipment, do not venture onto the mountains. Winter weight boots, ice axe and crampons are essential.
The Lake District National Park covers over 884 square miles so you’d be hard pressed to see it all in a week or two! Even so, to get from Haven Lakeland to the northern tip of Bassenthwaite (the national parks most northerly lake), should only take an hour and a half. If you want to go out for a day in the car just to explore and not to go far from the beaten track, there are some fantastic roads that will take you past some of the most scenic parts of Britain, including Windermere, Coniston, Ullswater, Derwent, Bassenthwaite, Crummock Water, Buttermere, Wast Water, Thirlmere and many more. All of which can be seen and experienced in a day. Make sure you have a map to cover all the area’s you plan to visit because mobile phone and GPS signal can be hard to come by.
ACTIVITIES FOR EVERYONE
Brockhole Lake District Visitor Centre is a fantastic day out for families! With an Adventure Playground, Bike Hire, Boat Hire, Exhibitions, Mini Golf, Pony Rides, Trails and Orienteering, Treetop Nets and Treetop Trekking all on the north east shore of Windermere.
Grizedale Forest Near Hawkshead is known for its fearsome mountain bike trails and Go Ape! Adventure Course. But if you want to engage your brains as well as your muscles, you could have a go at orienteering! You can make it as Competitive or Communal as you like. The idea is to use clues in the landscape to navigate your way between set points (controls). The Maps can be bought from the Grizedale Visitor Centre for £1.50 each and there are 7 possible routes from an easy to follow 1 mile course to a challenging 4 mile trail! Along your way you'll be able to enjoy fantastic views across Coniston Water and keep your eye out for over 60 sculptures hidden among the trees.