Every year, over 15 million visitors visit the Lake District in England, and it’s not hard to see why. A destination that can accommodate pretty much everyone. It has its fair share of stunning scenery, awesome attractions, and various fun activities. Even if you’re looking for some peace and quiet, you’ll be able to can find solace in large parts of the Lake District’s vast expanse.
Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or someone who is seeking for a reprieve, the Lake District in England certainly has something for everyone. So with that in mind, here are some of the best spots and what you can do in each one:
Scafell Pike – Hiking
Perfect for adrenaline junkies, Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England, and the hike is definitely not for the faint-hearted. But the payoff is worth it as it’s also a historical land memorial, with the mountain being awarded the honour by the National Trust after WWI to mark the sacrifice that the men from the area had to make during the war. If you decide to hike Scafell Pike, you will need to make sure that you’re on board with going off-piste, dealing with some rock scrambling, and walking on scree slopes. The good thing is there are several routes available to reach the summit, but if you want breathtaking views, you should choose the Seathwaite to Scafell Pike route.
Fell Foot – Swimming
If you’d like to take a dip after a long hike, you should bookend your day with a detour to the lakeshore park of Fell Foot situated at the southern end of Windermere. Summer evening swims are a popular activity here, with social swims typically costing £22 along with a glass of Pimms. While exploring the waters at 10pm may seem unusual to some, it’s actually a fun activity as you can enjoy the friendly atmosphere with locals and tourists alike. However, if you aren’t really a swimmer there’s also canoeing and kayaking available.
Scout Scar – Dog Walking
While Scout Scar is popular for its limestone escarpment and stunning views of Morecambe Bay, a lesser-known and way more fun activity is to bring your furry friends along for the hike. Gala Bingo’s feature on dog walking in the Lake District highlights this little-known hike, which offers ‘dramatic views across the Lyth Valley’ and southern fells. This particular trail is perfect if you’re looking for a quieter route where you can take your dog and let it off the lead. Even better, the arid landscape allows for a mostly mud-free stroll across stony paths.
Eden Valley – Fishing
Do you fancy catching some fish? There are several lakes open to the public around the area that allows fishing with a variety of pike, perch, trout, carp, as well many other fish swimming in the lakes. Access to all the fisheries is pretty easy, and there are shops and guides on site that can help you with whatever you need. If you want peace and quiet and to enjoy some stunning scenery at the same time, then The Eden Valley is probably the best option. It’s mostly hidden from the road, making it an ideal place for anyone looking for a temporary escape.