Signpost in the Lake District

Cumbria is open!

16 February 2016

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 fabulous guided walks

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:

  • Hills, Gills and Falls
  • Historic Hawkshead
  • Glenamara and Silver Bay

Wainwright walks


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:

  • Dales and Place Fell
  • Avoiding the Old Man
  • High Rigg – a Mountain in Miniature

Wander lonely as a cloud


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:

  • A Host of Daffodils
  • Wordsworth's Grasmere
  • Wordsworth's Hawkshead

World Heritage walks

Castlerigg stone circle

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:

  • The Splendour of Ullswater
  • Castlerigg Stone Circle
  • Coppermines Valley

Ullswater Walking Festival

24 September to 2 October 2016

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. 

The Long View Walks

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.

Map and compass - skills for the hills

Map and compass

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:

  • Navigation Skills for Beginners - Ullswater
  • Navigation Skills for Beginners - Grasmere
  • Navigation Skills for Women - Ullswater

Ullswater Cruises 

Ullswater steamer

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:

Guided walks around Ullswater area

Family fun – for everyone!

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.

We’ve kept our popular Family walks free. Discover the wonder of Cathedral Cave, as featured in the film Snow White and the Huntsman. Or start your fell walking future on the Bowness Family walk.

Guided cycle rides

Family cycle ride

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:

  • Guided Cycle Ride - Windermere
  • Guided Cycle Ride - Quiet Windermere

Join in the chatter

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Author: Belinda Turnbull

Volunteer Led Activity Coordinator
Lake District National Park

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