Lake District view on a summers day.

Top tips to get set for summer in the Lake District

24 July 2020

Staff Blogger

With home-schooling finished for summer and many in need of some recuperation, we asked one of our Area Rangers, Cath, how to get the most out of the Lake District this summer. She’s part of the Lake District National Park team who know the Lake District best, so is well placed to give you some hints and tips.

In the know

We welcome all visitors to the Lake District and although this summer may feel different to before, discovering the amazing natural environment stays the same. Explore a new corner of the Lake District National Park during your next visit.

My main message is that we would like people to visit respectfully. The easiest way to do this is to follow the countryside code at all times, it’s worth getting to know this or refreshing your knowledge before you visit.

  1. Respect other people – park carefully and leave gates and property as you find them.
  2. Protect the natural environment – leave no trace, stick to the paths and follow signs
  3. Enjoy the outdoors – plan ahead to make the most of your visit and remember to follow social distancing.

Find out more about the Countryside Code.

On the water

Coniston Boating Centre.

We are best known for our spectacular lakes, tarns and becks and there’s nothing better than cooling off in or on the water on a hot summer’s day!

Push the boat out this summer and hop on a Lake Cruise or hire your own boat and discover the water for yourself. If paddleboarding or kayaking is your thing, take a look at the lake guide to find out what activities are permitted on each lake.

Boat on Coniston Water.%

Coniston Boating Centre

From paddle boards to motorboats, take your pick at our Coniston Boating Centre.

Book a boat

On the fells

Fairfield Horseshoe trail

There really is a fell to suit all ages and abilities from our most accessible fells of Latrigg and Orrest Head right up to Scafell Pike and Helvellyn. Up on the fells there’s lots of room to explore and easily social distance at the same time. There’s nothing better than breathing in the fresh air and drinking in the spectacular views to boost your mood and I think that’s particularly important at this time.

My main advice is to make sure you are prepared for our changeable weather. Here is a handy guide on what to wear and what equipment you’ll need before you venture out.

Please be adventure smart. Ask yourself three questions before you head outdoors:

  1. Do I have the right gear?
  2. Do I know what the weather will be like?
  3. Am I confident I have the knowledge and skills for the day?

Take a look at the mountain rescue advice.

In the countryside

Cycling in the Lake District.

There are also lots of low level walks in the Lake District and our Miles Without Stiles routes are the most accessible for people with limited mobility or families with young children in prams. Have a look at all these routes.

There’s also lots of routes which are ideal for cycling. Here’s a handy guide on how best to get on your bike this summer.

Do you know the difference between a bridleway and a right of way? Brush up here to make sure you are able to navigate your way around the Lake District.

Under the stars

Starry skies over Derwent Water.

Camping is a great way to connect with the Lake District. There are many campsites you can visit in the National Park. You must have landowner permission to do wild camping or camping away from a campsite, whether you are in a tent or campervan. Please find out more here.

In our towns

Keswick town

One of the most magical things about the Lake District is that each town and village has its very own character and history. From walking in the footsteps of Wordsworth in Grasmere to the peace and tranquillity of Coniston to the hustle and bustle of Keswick, there’s lots to explore.

Most attractions, cafes, restaurants and accommodation are now open but it’s advisable to check ahead as you do need to pre book some places now.

We created to help people visit the Lake District safely, you can plan ahead using the Safer Lakes tool and find out which car parks, toilets, attractions and other services are open and which are busy throughout the day.

I hope you enjoy your visit this summer.

Staff Blogger

Cath Johnson

Cath Johnson

Area Ranger for Lake District National Park Authority

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