Five ways to discover the Lake District this National Parks Fortnight

8 April 2019

It’s #DiscoverNationalParks Fortnight! A two-week celebration of the UK’s 15 national parks in their 70th anniversary year. From dramatic coastlines to the highest mountains, our national parks offer opportunities for everyone to discover and explore our glorious outdoors. Watch this short film to be inspired:

Take a look at our top five things to do in the Lake District this National Parks Fortnight. 

1. Let our experts guide your way

Lake District volunteer-led guided walks help people explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site and national park. From leisurely lakeshore strolls to classic high fell hikes and from winter skills to basic map and compass courses, there are 26 courses running during Discover National Park’s Fortnight, meaning there is something for everyone to help them feel confident in exploring this spectacular landscape.

2. Take the family on an adventure

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre on the shores of Windermere is the ultimate start to your Lake District visit. Be wild and try something new, soar through the sky on a treetop adventure, or splash out on the water. Try archery, laser clay shooting, mini golf and our famous woodland playground. Take in the beauty of our awesome mountain views, historic gardens, and taste the best of local food and ale in our lake view cafe or The Gaddum restaurant.

3. Explore our cultural landscape

Join us as we celebrate UNESCO World Heritage Day on 18 April!

Did you know the Lake District National Park is the UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site? This national park was recognised as a place of international significance in 2017 on the three themes of identity - the dramatic farmed landscape; inspiration - art, literature and love of the place; and conservation – the birth of a movement that continues today to look after this special corner of England. Look out for our new blog and podcast on and joining in the conversation on social media using #WorldHeritageDay

4. Get active

Feel the wind in your hair and explore the Lake District’s third largest lake by hopping on the water at Coniston Boating Centre. We have motor boats (including an accessible motor boat), rowing boats, sit on top kayaks and open top Canadian canoes, paddle boards and sailing dinghies. If you prefer your feet firmly on dry land, we might be Coniston Boating Centre by name but we have bikes too, whizz through the fantastic scenery by mountain bike!

5. Discover a new nature trail

There is a long tradition of routes through the Rusland Valley in the south of the Lake District National Park that were used to transport timber, and other woodland produce down from the woodlands to the urban centres and the coast. There are also several packhorse routes that were developed through the area to link communities and churches. The Greenwood Trails are four new routes that have been specially created to encourage people to explore the area sustainably while promoting the woodland heritage and key points of local interest.

2019 marks the milestone 70th anniversary of the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act that paved the way for the establishment of National Parks in the UK. Find out more about the UK’s 15 National Parks.

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