Cumbria is very much open and our wonderful volunteer guides will help you discover and explore the spectacular Lake District landscape. By boot, boat or bike, our events will take you to stunning vistas and secret places. Take a look at what’s on offer and start planning your dream trip.
Here's a small sample but there are many more events and activities throughout the year for you to enjoy. Have a great stay!
Our guided walk leaders love to share their passion for the Lake District. Our walks programme covers the whole of the National Park - from Borrowdale to Bowness, and Coniston to Keswick.
There are more than 260 walks on offer. Here's a taster of what's coming up in March:
Alfred Wainwright was one of Britain's most famous fell walkers.
Wainwright's Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells continue to inspire walkers the world over. Wainwright described 214 fells in these iconic guides. Completing all 'Wainwrights' is on many a walker's 'to-do' list.
We’ll help you ‘bag’ a Wainwright as many of our walks take in these famous fell summits. Read our mini Wainwright guide for more information about the man. View the full list of our Wainwright walks.
Here are a selection of our upcoming Wainwright walks:
In partnership with the Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage, we’re offering a series of walks which celebrate Britain's best-loved poet, William Wordsworth.
Wordsworth was an avid walker and gained inspiration for his poetry from his beloved Lake District.
Discover more about this fascinating literary great on our Wordsworth walks.
Here are just a few:
We’re bidding for World Heritage status for the Lake District in 2017.
Come along and find out why we think our National Park should be a UNESCO world heritage site on one of our World Heritage walks.
Running throughout the season, our volunteers will show you the unique special qualities that make this world class visitor destination #theplacetobe.
World Heritage walks include:
Our annual Ullswater Walking Festival showcases this magnificent valley.
Choose from a variety of walks, from lofty high fell hikes to low level leisurely strolls. Our steamer walks are not to be missed with a special £1 steamer fare.
Join photographer and writer, Rob and Harriet Fraser, on their seven walks to spectacular trees in Cumbria as part of The Long View. Gain insights into trees, ecology and landscape heritage. Walks start in June and run through to October. The Long View is a project that celebrates journeying, trees and the stories of the land around them, and considers current debates about landscape management. Photography and writing created over two years will be shown in a touring exhibition from summer 2017.
The Lake District National Park is proud to be one of the main project partners. Other organisations supporting the project are Friends of the Lake District, National Trust, Woodland Trust, Arts Council England, Natural England and Forestry Commission England.
Want to go it alone? Our navigation days will boost your hill walking confidence and help you hike safely in our fabulous fells.
We run basic navigation courses in Grasmere and Ullswater. We’ll supply the map and compass.
Fun, informal and friendly. Women only days too.
Here are some of our upcoming navigation events:
We’ve teamed up with our friends at Ullswater Steamers to offer you four fantastic evening commentary cruises.
Our volunteers are full of fascinating facts about the breath-taking scenery and wildlife in the Ullswater valley.
Discover Ullswater's history, myths and legends that draw visitors to this really special place:
For children taking their first footsteps in the fells, Mini Trekkers is a gentle nature-inspired family activity walk for ages 3 to 8.
Or why not learn how to find your way on our Brockhole Family Rambles. These popular, interactive family strolls will give you and your family an introduction to safe walking in the countryside.
Discover wonderful Windermere’s western shore on two wheels.
Join our guides and hop on a hire bike from Brockhole on Windermere.
You’ll be whisked across the lake on the bike boat for a lovely, leisurely ride on tranquil traffic-free byways.
Our guided bike rides were very popular last year - make sure you don't miss out, book your place today:
Discover the wonderful Ullswater Valley at this year's Ullswater Outdoor Fest 23 September to 1 October 2017
12 September 2017
Wonderful walks from Windermere. Suitable for families.
07 August 2017
11 July 2017
30 June 2017
Ten great ideas for walks by water
23 June 2017
Early summer is a perfect time for walking in England’s largest National Park
23 June 2017
The Lake District is the perfect place for a springtime break. Here are five ideas for a wonderful spring walk
04 April 2017
Five great reasons to join a guided walk this year
30 January 2017
Walking is one of the most popular activities cited by visitors to the Lake District National Park. Our 'Discover, Explore, Inspire' programme of walks, navigation days and more is designed to help you make the most of this awe-inspiring destination
03 November 2016
Discover our special Wordsworth walks
29 June 2016
Discover the Ullswater Way
06 May 2016
18 March 2016
Our wonderful volunteer guides are ready and waiting to help you discover and explore the spectacular Lake District landscape. By boot, boat or bike, our events will take you to stunning vistas and secret places.
16 February 2016
Six superb walks to do in the North West of the Lake District. Joint Great British Walks with the National Trust.
10 September 2015
17 August 2015
Beatrix Potter based many of her tales on locations around Derwentwater in the Lake District. We offer several guided walks in the area.
28 July 2015
Blog post about Lake District's tarns. We feature Angle Tarn in Ullswater. Alfred Wainwright ranked it among the best in Lakeland.
01 May 2015
Top winter walking safety tips.
02 December 2014
Keswick's Mass Trespass
02 October 2014
Six great reasons to go on one of our Lake District guided walks, led by our fantastic team of volunteers.
29 August 2014
Seven great reasons to go on one of our Lake District guided walks, led by our fantastic team of volunteers.
11 July 2014
Volunteer walk leader Neil describes a walk up Catstycam
03 July 2014
Ambleside has long been a top tourist destination and a popular start point for a number of our favourite guided rambles.
26 June 2014