A group of people on a guided walk in Legburthwaite

Have yourself a World Class #LakeDistrictSummer

21 June 2018

July marks one year since the Lake District became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in celebration of this milestone we’re encouraging everyone to experience their very own World Class Summer.

Each week throughout the summer we’ll be totting up ten wonderful ways for people to enjoy this magnificent National Park and help us care for this this special place. 

Whether you’re a Lake District local, planning your summer holiday in the Lakes or dreaming of your next trip, our weekly list, giant ice lolly posters and social media chatter will definitely give you inspiration and ideas.

Our Ranger, Suzy Hankin, is in the #LakeDistrictSummer spirit and you can be too by following our weekly challenges!

Ranger Suzy Hankin holding the #LakeDistrictSummer ice cream in Ullswater

1. Go Green!

Kicking off our #LakeDistrictSummer guide is an eco-friendly idea, reminding us all to think green…and it couldn’t be easier than in the Lakes.

From 22 June – 1 July is National Green Transport Week so we challenge you to cut the carbon and travel by bike, bus, boat or foot as often as you can during your time here.

Not only will you be doing your bit for the environment, but you’ll experience the Lakes in the best possible way. So, dust off your cycling skills, take to the water or pull on your trusty walking boots and immerse yourself into green living in the Lake District! Find out how you can travel around the Lake District sustainably.

We hear from our Sustainable Transport Adviser, Emma Moody, about what her seven best ways are to discover the Western Lake District. Read her blog.

2. Visit old to learn something new

The Lake District is steeped in history, boasting a huge variety of amazing historical sites. Why not visit one to learn something new about this special place?  

There’s certainly plenty to choose from including mines, quarries, historic houses, castles, forts, stone circles and of course the world famous Pencil Museum.  

One of the most recently renovated historic sites here in the Lake District is the Coniston Coppermines. In May this year a two-year conservation project came to completion, during which 150 items of repair, stabilisation and reconstruction were carried out. To mark the end of this project, and to inform visitors of the mining heritage of Coniston, an information ‘hub’ was unveiled.

To take a step back in time collect your free Coniston Copper walking guide from one of our visitor centres or the Ruskin Museum and head to the Coniston Coppermines YHA where you can visit the new ‘hub’. Plus, you can also book onto a guided walk of the Coniston Coppermine trail to hear more about this historic site from a local expert.

3. Reach new heights 

The landscape of the Lake District is very special indeed.  It’s so special in fact it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has been for one year now (as of 9th July).

So, the latest instalment of our #LakeDistrictSummer guide is a challenge for you to experience the Lakes from new heights!  

For the adventurous, why not tackle one of the famous fells like Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England, or Helvellyn, which was this year voted Britain’s favourite walk?

If you’re less familiar of routes around the Lake District you could try a guided walk and let a Lake District expert lead the way. Over the coming weeks you could follow in the footsteps of Wordsworth at Aira Force, explore Loughrigg Fell from Grasmere to Langdale Valley or take to Cathedral Caves near Coniston.

Short of time or not a walking enthusiast? Treat yourself to breath-taking views from the Lake District passes such as Honister, Whinlatter or Kirk stone…visiting the highest pub in the Lake District may be better suited to your bucket list!  

4. Spread the word!  

The summer holidays are here and by now you’re probably ready and rearing to head out into this fantastic weather we’ve been having, and explore the Lake District!

Make the most of your time in the Lakes and head to one of our visitor centres to meet our amazing, knowledgeable staff who can advise you on all you need to know for your trip; whether you’re in need of ideas of things to do, directions and maps, or you need to charge your phone, they’re on hand to help!

You can pick up a lovey Lake District souvenir from our information centres too and all the money made goes straight back into looking after this National Park.

Do get in touch whilst you’re here using #LakeDistrictSummer and we’ll share our favourite posts for all to see.

Check back every week for your next summer mission to help you have a World Class #LakeDistrictSummer.  

We would love to see you working your way through our list, so share your photos with us using #LakeDistrictSummer for a chance to be featured on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram channels.

Psst! If you just can’t wait for all ten ideas to be shared throughout the summer, then head outdoors and search for one of our Lake District ice lollys in our Visitor Centres at Bowness, Keswick and Ullswater; giving you all the tips you need to treat yourself to a World Class summer.

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