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Activities, events and walks in the Lakes

There are lots of events and activities happening in the National Park celebrating local culture, wildlife, scenery and much more. From fabulous family days out to high fell hikes. Events take place across the National Park so no matter where you are, you'll find something nearby.

Browse our calendar of activities and things to do. Just click on event titles to find out more. Many are free or low-cost. 

Guided walks and navigation days run from around Easter to end of October. 

Read our walks blog posts for more inspiring ideas and visit our walking pages for more tips and ideas.

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    27 June 2017

  • Guided walk led by Lake District National Park volunteers

    Historic Hawkshead - walk

    A leisurely walk with spectacular views through the fields around Hawkshead, learning about its fascinating history.

    Location: Hawkshead

  • 29 June 2017

  • Windermere lakeshore

    Scout Scar - a Natural Limestone Garden - walk

    A circular walk over Scout Scar, looking at the wildlife and special plants that grow on the limestone.

    Location: Near Kendal

  • Buttermere

    Buttermere Round

    Take a level lakeside walk around serene Buttermere.

    Location: Buttermere

  • 01 July 2017

  • Coniston

    Blawith Beacon Trek - walk

    A walk over Torver Common to the summit of the Beacon with panoramic views over Coniston Water.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • Hand holding a compass on top of a map

    Navigation - Practise Your Skills

    Head outdoors to refresh and extend your map and compass skills.

    Location: Near Penrith

  • Ullswater Steamer

    Martindale - Deer Valley - walk

    Cruise to Howtown then walk up Martindale to Angle Tarn by Heck Crag. Return around Angle Tarn visiting Brock Crags viewpoint.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • 02 July 2017

  • Keswick

    Discover Keswick - walk

    A leisurely stroll around and about the town on level paths to discover something about its landscape and fascinating history.

    Location: Keswick

  • Hand holding a compass on top of a map

    Navigation Skills for Women

    Head outdoors to learn basic navigation skills in small, friendly groups.

    Location: Grasmere

  • Family on the Ullswater Way

    Catstycam by Red Tarn - walk

    Walk up Mires Beck, see complete views of Ullswater and the drama of Red Tarn. Reach the peak of Catstycam before descending back to Glenridding.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • 04 July 2017

  • Brockhole hi five

    Wordsworth's Hawkshead - walk

    Discover Wordsworth's Hawkshead and learn about one of England's finest Romantic poets.

    Location: Hawkshead

  • 05 July 2017

  • Garden Tour - Meet the Experts

    Join a guided tour around Brockhole's Mawson gardens and get an insight into Brockhole's history, plants and seasonal highlights. Followed by a delightful afternoon tea in the café.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • Roy by stile

    Walla Crag by Ashness Bridge - walk

    A gentle ascent from the lakeshore and Great Wood to Ashness Bridge and then up to Walla Crag for a breathtaking panorama.

    Location: Near Keswick

  • 07 July 2017

  • Laughing

    Heritage Trail to Troutbeck - walk

    Enjoy a gentle walk along the historical route to the village of Troutbeck.

    Location: Windermere

  • 08 July 2017

  • Castle Crag

    Castle Crag and Millican's Cave - walk

    Circular walk from Seatoller through stunning Borrowdale including Castle Crag and a cave.

    Location: Near Keswick

  • Hand holding a compass on top of a map

    Navigation Skills for Beginners

    Head outdoors to improve your navigation skills. Map and compass provided.

    Location: Grasmere

    27 June 2017

  • Guided walk led by Lake District National Park volunteers

    Historic Hawkshead - walk

    A leisurely walk with spectacular views through the fields around Hawkshead, learning about its fascinating history.

    Location: Hawkshead

  • 29 June 2017

  • Buttermere

    Buttermere Round

    Take a level lakeside walk around serene Buttermere.

    Location: Buttermere

  • Windermere lakeshore

    Scout Scar - a Natural Limestone Garden - walk

    A circular walk over Scout Scar, looking at the wildlife and special plants that grow on the limestone.

    Location: Near Kendal

  • 01 July 2017

  • Ullswater Steamer

    Martindale - Deer Valley - walk

    Cruise to Howtown then walk up Martindale to Angle Tarn by Heck Crag. Return around Angle Tarn visiting Brock Crags viewpoint.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • Hand holding a compass on top of a map

    Navigation - Practise Your Skills

    Head outdoors to refresh and extend your map and compass skills.

    Location: Near Penrith

  • Coniston

    Blawith Beacon Trek - walk

    A walk over Torver Common to the summit of the Beacon with panoramic views over Coniston Water.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • 02 July 2017

  • Family on the Ullswater Way

    Catstycam by Red Tarn - walk

    Walk up Mires Beck, see complete views of Ullswater and the drama of Red Tarn. Reach the peak of Catstycam before descending back to Glenridding.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • Hand holding a compass on top of a map

    Navigation Skills for Women

    Head outdoors to learn basic navigation skills in small, friendly groups.

    Location: Grasmere

  • Keswick

    Discover Keswick - walk

    A leisurely stroll around and about the town on level paths to discover something about its landscape and fascinating history.

    Location: Keswick

  • 04 July 2017

  • Brockhole hi five

    Wordsworth's Hawkshead - walk

    Discover Wordsworth's Hawkshead and learn about one of England's finest Romantic poets.

    Location: Hawkshead

  • 05 July 2017

  • Roy by stile

    Walla Crag by Ashness Bridge - walk

    A gentle ascent from the lakeshore and Great Wood to Ashness Bridge and then up to Walla Crag for a breathtaking panorama.

    Location: Near Keswick

  • Garden Tour - Meet the Experts

    Join a guided tour around Brockhole's Mawson gardens and get an insight into Brockhole's history, plants and seasonal highlights. Followed by a delightful afternoon tea in the café.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 07 July 2017

  • Laughing

    Heritage Trail to Troutbeck - walk

    Enjoy a gentle walk along the historical route to the village of Troutbeck.

    Location: Windermere

  • 08 July 2017

  • Roy by stile

    Bowfell Circular - walk

    A strenuous hike up The Band to Three Tarns and the Wainwright summit of mighty Bowfell.

    Location: Near Ambleside

  • Steamer on Ullswater

    In the Footsteps of Wordsworth - walk

    Take the steamer from Glenridding to the legendary Aira Force waterfalls.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • Hand holding a compass on top of a map

    Navigation Skills for Beginners

    Head outdoors to improve your navigation skills. Map and compass provided.

    Location: Grasmere

  • Castle Crag

    Castle Crag and Millican's Cave - walk

    Circular walk from Seatoller through stunning Borrowdale including Castle Crag and a cave.

    Location: Near Keswick

  • 09 July 2017

  • Helvellyn

    Helvellyn from Swirls - walk

    Follow Helvellyn Gill up to the summit with its dramatic and wide-ranging views.

    Location: Near Thirlmere

  • Windermere lakeshore

    Waterfalls, Quarries and Lakeland Slate - walk

    A scenic walk by the thundering waterfalls of Skelwith and Colwith to the immense crater of Hodge Close Quarry, returning along Little Langdale.

    Location: Near Ambleside

  • 10 July 2017

  • Elterwater

    Loughrigg Fell and Elterwater - walk

    This scenic walk takes us from Langdale valley to Loughrigg Fell by Loughrigg Tarn, with extensive views over the Langdales and Grasmere.

    Location: Near Ambleside

  • 11 July 2017

  • Guided walk led by Lake District National Park volunteers

    Scout Scar - a Natural Limestone Garden - walk

    A circular walk over Scout Scar, looking at the wildlife and special plants that grow on the limestone.

    Location: Near Kendal

  • 12 July 2017

  • Elterwater walks

    Elterwater's Slate Heritage - walk

    This gentle walk leaves Elterwater Common towards Chapel Stile, then into a working slate quarry. Returning on quiet byways through native woodland.

    Location: Near Ambleside

  • 13 July 2017

  • Blackbeck Tarn

    Haystacks - Wainwright's Favourite Fell - walk

    From Honister, climb through old slate mine workings, past Blackbeck and Innominate Tarns to the summit, for fabulous views of Buttermere and beyond.

    Location: Borrowdale

  • 14 July 2017

  • Jenkins Crag

    Farming Valley to a Felltop Ridge - walk

    A gentle walk along quiet lanes to Troutbeck, followed by a steep climb up to Wansfell, before returning to Brockhole.

    Location: Windermere

  • 15 July 2017

  • Aira Force

    High Above Glencoyne - walk

    We take the bus to Aira Force then traverse the hillside path for magnificent views of Ullswater.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • Hand holding a compass on top of a map

    Navigation Skills for Beginners

    Head outdoors to learn basic navigation skills. Map and compass provided.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • Group of walkers resting on a grassy hill with fells in the background

    Caves, Falls and Fells - walk

    Follow old quarry roads to Little Langdale, visit Cathedral Cave and then on to spectacular Colwith Falls returning over High Oxen Fell and Hodge Close.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • 16 July 2017

  • Ullswater Steamer

    Pikeawassa and High Street - walk

    Cruise to Howtown, then ascend Pikeawassa and Wether Hill, returning along the old Roman Road to Pooley Bridge.

    Location: Near Penrith

  • Buttermere

    Buttermere Round

    Take a level lakeside walk around serene Buttermere.

    Location: Buttermere

  • Elaine, walk leader

    Family Walk - Cathedral Cave

    Follow old tracks to Little Langdale and Slater Bridge. Then to the famous Cathedral Cave with optional underground visit.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • 17 July 2017

  • Lingmoor

    Over Lingmoor into Little Langdale - walk

    Climb out of Elterwater village onto Lingmoor Fell and Side Pike before an exciting descent to Blea Tarn and Little Langdale, returning to Elterwater.

    Location: Near Ambleside

  • 19 July 2017

  • Roy by stile

    Walla Crag by Ashness Bridge - walk

    A gentle ascent from the lakeshore and Great Wood to Ashness Bridge and then up to Walla Crag for a breathtaking panorama.

    Location: Near Keswick

  • Garden Tour - Meet the Experts

    Join a guided tour around Brockhole's Mawson gardens and get an insight into Brockhole's history, plants and seasonal highlights. Followed by a delightful afternoon tea in the café.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 20 July 2017

  • 8 Hour Emergency First Aid

    This practical and fun 1 day training course, based in the Lake District, will provide you with essential lifesaving skills in the outdoors.

  • 22 July 2017

  • View of Ullswater

    Glenamara to Silver Bay - walk

    Walk by picturesque Lanty's Tarn, visit the ice house then on through an ancient deer forest to Silver Bay on magnificent Ullswater.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • Hand holding a compass on top of a map

    Navigation Skills for Women

    Head outdoors to learn basic navigation skills. Map and compass provided. Adult women only.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • Brockhole hi five

    Glorious Green Gable - walk

    Three Wainwrights in a row. A steep climb to Grey Knotts, then on to Brandreth and Green Gable's summit, returning by Moses Trod.

    Location: Borrowdale

  • 23 July 2017

  • Blencathra

    Blencathra Summit - walk

    Walk by Scales Fell to Blencathra's summit. Cross to Foule Crag then down to Glenderamackin Coll, Bannerdale Crags, returning by Bowscale Fell.

    Location: Near Keswick

  • Family cycle

    Windermere with a Castle - guided family cycle ride

    Bring the family on our leisurely guided cycle ride discovering quiet trails on the western shore of Windermere.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere

  • Detective

    Minibeast Detectives

    Come along and explore the bug life at Brockhole, make a minibeast hotel and try out different ways of catching bugs without hurting them. Sessions at 10.30am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm and 3.15pm. Age 6+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • Daffodils

    Wordsworth's Hawkshead - walk

    Discover Wordsworth's Hawkshead and learn about one of England's finest Romantic poets.

    Location: Hawkshead

  • 24 July 2017

  • Rydal Cave

    Coffins, Caves and Crags - walk

    This guided walk takes in a lofty crag, three tarns, a cave and tales of old lakeland.

    Location: Ambleside

  • Brockhole on Windermere

    Face Painting at Brockhole

    Pop into facepainting at Brockhole and be transformed into one of your favourite characters by our professionally trained face painter. Drop in from 11am - 3pm.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 25 July 2017

  • Guided walk led by Lake District National Park volunteers

    Historic Hartsop - walk

    Catch the bus to Hartsop for a scenic walk around Brotherswater and Hartsop village. Lots of interest for history buffs!

    Location: Ullswater area

  • Monk Coniston

    Monk Coniston Tree Walk

    Follow the re-opened path from Coniston Water through Monk Coniston with its amazing trees, to Tarn Hows returning by beautiful Tom Gill and Yewdale.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • Ullswater Steamer

    Ullswater's Myths and Legends Cruise

    A relaxing cruise on Ullswater with commentary by a national park ranger.

    Location: Ullswater area

    29 June 2017

  • Windermere lakeshore

    Scout Scar - a Natural Limestone Garden - walk

    A circular walk over Scout Scar, looking at the wildlife and special plants that grow on the limestone.

    Location: Near Kendal

  • 01 July 2017

  • Coniston

    Blawith Beacon Trek - walk

    A walk over Torver Common to the summit of the Beacon with panoramic views over Coniston Water.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • Hand holding a compass on top of a map

    Navigation - Practise Your Skills

    Head outdoors to refresh and extend your map and compass skills.

    Location: Near Penrith

  • Ullswater Steamer

    Martindale - Deer Valley - walk

    Cruise to Howtown then walk up Martindale to Angle Tarn by Heck Crag. Return around Angle Tarn visiting Brock Crags viewpoint.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • 02 July 2017

  • Hand holding a compass on top of a map

    Navigation Skills for Women

    Head outdoors to learn basic navigation skills in small, friendly groups.

    Location: Grasmere

  • Family on the Ullswater Way

    Catstycam by Red Tarn - walk

    Walk up Mires Beck, see complete views of Ullswater and the drama of Red Tarn. Reach the peak of Catstycam before descending back to Glenridding.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • 05 July 2017

  • Garden Tour - Meet the Experts

    Join a guided tour around Brockhole's Mawson gardens and get an insight into Brockhole's history, plants and seasonal highlights. Followed by a delightful afternoon tea in the café.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • Roy by stile

    Walla Crag by Ashness Bridge - walk

    A gentle ascent from the lakeshore and Great Wood to Ashness Bridge and then up to Walla Crag for a breathtaking panorama.

    Location: Near Keswick

  • 08 July 2017

  • Castle Crag

    Castle Crag and Millican's Cave - walk

    Circular walk from Seatoller through stunning Borrowdale including Castle Crag and a cave.

    Location: Near Keswick

  • Hand holding a compass on top of a map

    Navigation Skills for Beginners

    Head outdoors to improve your navigation skills. Map and compass provided.

    Location: Grasmere

  • Roy by stile

    Bowfell Circular - walk

    A strenuous hike up The Band to Three Tarns and the Wainwright summit of mighty Bowfell.

    Location: Near Ambleside

  • 09 July 2017

  • Windermere lakeshore

    Waterfalls, Quarries and Lakeland Slate - walk

    A scenic walk by the thundering waterfalls of Skelwith and Colwith to the immense crater of Hodge Close Quarry, returning along Little Langdale.

    Location: Near Ambleside

  • Helvellyn

    Helvellyn from Swirls - walk

    Follow Helvellyn Gill up to the summit with its dramatic and wide-ranging views.

    Location: Near Thirlmere

  • 10 July 2017

  • Elterwater

    Loughrigg Fell and Elterwater - walk

    This scenic walk takes us from Langdale valley to Loughrigg Fell by Loughrigg Tarn, with extensive views over the Langdales and Grasmere.

    Location: Near Ambleside

  • 11 July 2017

  • Guided walk led by Lake District National Park volunteers

    Scout Scar - a Natural Limestone Garden - walk

    A circular walk over Scout Scar, looking at the wildlife and special plants that grow on the limestone.

    Location: Near Kendal

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