Banking on the best

Published on: 28 Apr 2014

As another Bank Holiday beckons action and activities abound across the country's biggest national park.

Following the hugely popular sunshine bathed Easter break, early May's long weekend promises plenty of opportunities to make the most of spectacular Lake District waters, mountains and countryside.

In a programme offering 500 events, 3 to 5 May sees great walking and family fun, including a really wild gathering at Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre on the shores of Windermere.

Saturday and Sunday will be swamped with a heady mix of survival skills, rafting, street theatre with the Fairly Famous Family, pond dipping and woodland activities.

It is a fantastic, free gathering promising hours of entertainment, according to the Lake District National Park events co-ordinator Andrea Hills.

She added: "We had a brilliant Easter and look forward to welcoming visitors back, particularly the families who flock to Brockhole and tell us they had a great time.

"We've a special hike for them on the Saturday, featuring an amazing cathedral cave and at just 4.3 miles, it's a trek that isn't too taxing, taking in excitement and lovely views."

It is one of 300 guided walks in some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world. From gentle ambles to serious mountain challenges, it is possible by boot, boat, train and bus to explore the Lake District's 885 square miles.

One easy option takes place on Saturday, 10 May, when the secret valley of bluebells at Buttermere is revealed. Ancient parishes are discovered in a Pooley Bridge special on 17 May.

Information about the events and walks is on www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/events

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