Things to do in the Lake District

Discover the Lake District

There are a wide range of activities and things to do in the Lake District, and with more than 3,100 kilometres of rights of way, you can walk, cycle and ride around our countryside to your heart’s content. In the winter you can even learn winter skills with our very own Fell Top Assessors on Helvellyn. As well as enjoying your time on land, you can also get on the water of the lakes and coastline.

When looking for things to do in the Lake District, simply take a look at the sections below and find the right activity for you – including all year round attractions, our events calendar, local festivities and walks.

Events and activities calendar

Clown fish at Coast Aquarium

Enjoy our events and activities with family and friends!

View events calendar

Brockhole visitor centre

Clown fish at Coast Aquarium

A fantastic place to start your Lake District adventure with family and friends.

Visit the Brockhole website


Clown fish at Coast Aquarium

We have more than sixteen lakes and numerous tarns plus a stretch of coastline to be enjoyed!

Read more about watersports

Coniston Boating Centre

Clown fish at Coast Aquarium

Pre-book your boats and bikes from Coniston Boating Centre and go on a mini adventure!

Visit Coniston Boating Centre


Clown fish at Coast Aquarium

There are walks for every ability! From ambles around lakes to high ridge walks.

Find out more


Clown fish at Coast Aquarium

Road cyclists and mountain bikers are spoilt for choice in the Lake District National Park.

More on cycling in the Lakes
Winter Skills

Winter Skills

An opportunity to spend a day on Helvellyn with a Lake District National Park Authority Fell Top Assessor as they climb to the summit of the mountain to take snow and weather readings for Lake District Weatherline Service.!

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Brave the Cave

Brave the Cave

Dive into the darkness...twisting and turning as you explore Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre’s exciting new indoor attraction Brave the Cave!

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The Gaddum restaurant

The Gaddum restaurant

Enjoy delightful lunches, classic afternoon teas and seasonal sunset dining set in the very heart of the Lake District at the beautiful 19th century Brockhole on Windermere!

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Information Centres

Our friendly knowledgeable Information Centre staff are happy to help you make the most of your stay and can help guide you through attractions in the Lake District. Our information Centres include Keswick, Bowness and Ullswater. 

Services include:

  • Free WiFi
  • Accommodation booking service
  • Information on national and local attractions
  • Route finding advice for road, rail or bus
  • Advice on walking and cycling
  • Maps, books, touring and walking guides for sale
  • A range of gifts and souvenirs

Countryside Code

Follow the Countryside Code to get the best enjoyment possible and protect the countryside now and for future generations.

  • Be safe - plan ahead and follow any signs
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Protect plants and animals, and take your litter home
  • Keep dogs under close control
  • Consider other people.

Keep on the Right Track

The network of paths and tracks in the Lake District is a fantastic resource for all to enjoy.

Just follow these simple guidelines:

  • Respect the interests of other users, farmers and the local community.
  • Leave gates as you find them and keep dogs under effective control.
  • Protect the environment and please take all your litter home with you.
  • Enjoy yourselves!

Read our checklists for cyclists, walkers and horse riders.

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