Supporting the National Park

We work to look after the Lake District. We are a not-for-profit organisation, so money spent at any of our attractions or shops goes back to helping the National Park. We keep footpaths and cycleways in good condition and are working to create more. We help farmers plant trees, increase biodiversity and mitigate climate change. We run free guided walks and maintain accessible routes for the people with mobility needs. The support from running our commerical activities helps us do more.

You can also donate to the Lake District Foundation, the official charity for the National Park that funds projects from protecting red squirrels and planting more hedgerows to improving water quality in the lakes. We often work on projects with the Lake District Foundation, so supporting them helps support our work too.

Text over a fell in the Lake District: We all have a mountain to climb, come prepared to climb our. Lake District Kind.

Be prepared. Be Lake District Kind

Things to know before you go, what to wear, where to go, places to stay, things to do and most importantly, how to treat this beautiful National Park with kindness. Be #LakeDistrictKind and help keep the Lake District as special as you find it.

A grand country house in large gardens on the edge of Lake Windermere

Brockhole on Windermere

Full days of fun for all the family. Have an action packed day of archery, laser clay shooting, krazi karts and mini golf and our amazing adventure playground. Take boats out on the lake and picnic in the grounds. Or have a calmer, crafty day with art and craft classes and afternoon tea at our art deco restaurant The Gaddum. With locally sourced gifts in our shop and locally sourced ingredients in our cafes, Brockhole is the best way to get a taste of the Lake District.

Coniston Boating Centre copyright Karen Barden

Coniston Boating Centre

Take to the water on our range of hire boats, from self-drive motor boats to single and double kayaks and paddleboards. Set on the shore of Coniston Water, with Coniston Old Man towering over the lake and Bluebird cafe serving lunches, snacks and of course ice creams!

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Mountain and electric bike hire

Hire a mountain bike or an electric hybrid bike, for half a day or a full day. Explore some quiet and traffic-free tracks with our suggested routes, cycle into the stunning Landgale valley with no parking issues!  Book your bike hire from Waterhead in Ambleside, Hawkshead or Coniston Boating Centre, and you'll be helping support sustainable transport in the Lake District.

Bowness Bay Information Centre

Information Centres

Our information centres are a great place to stock up on knowledge, as well as books, maps and locally sourced gifts. Our staff want to help you have the best time discovering the Lake District and can give you great advice, as well as great sustainable products.

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Lake District Online Shop

Guidebooks and walking guides, maps, calendars, jigsaws and locally sourced gifts, something for everyone who loves the Lake District!

An electric car charging point in Glenridding car park

Car parks and toilets

We run a number of car parks and toilets around the National Park. Some are free, and some are charged. We also sell annual permits for our car parks. And in Coniston, Grasmere and Glenridding we have charge points for electric cars in our car parks.

Lake District Foundation. Visit. Give. Protect

Lake District Foundation

Visit, Give, Protect. Make a one-off donation, regular donation or leave a legacy, all supporting on-the-ground projects in the Lake District National Park.