5 Things to do in the Lake District
The Lake District offers some of England’s best scenery. Located in the North West it’s a popular destination for Brits who don’t want to travel abroad for their holidays. Being the largest National Park in England, there are no end of things to do and see.
Here are our top 5 suggestions of things to do in the Lake District:
When you think of the Lake District I bet you don’t think of rock climbing but you’ll be surprised to hear that this area offers some of the best climbing in Europe! You’ll find climbing for all experiences – whether you want to try it out for the very first time or if you’re an advanced climber that’s looking for a challenge! Some of the most popular climbs are Shepherds Crag, which is great for beginners. Be careful not to take the Little Chamonix route though as that’s ranked as very difficult! Other climbing areas include Langdale, Middlefell Buttress and Pavey Arc.
Canyoning is exploring canyons using various techniques. These could include jumping into pools of water, abseiling, climbing up waterfalls, rock climbing and swimming. As you can tell, it’s not a sport for the faint hearted and it can actually end up being quite dangerous. Perhaps let your boyfriend go off and do the canyoning while you relax in one of the beautiful Sykes Lake District Cottages. It certainly sounds a lot more appealing to me!
A cruise through the Lakes
Of course no visit to the Lake District would be complete without actually exploring the Lakes themselves! The most popular lake to visit is Lake Windermere and there are plenty of tour companies around the area that will be happy to take you out on the lakes. Be sure to plan to spend a few hours cruising around and taking photos of the gorgeous scenery that surrounds you.
Hot air balloon rides
I’ve always said that I’d like to go in a hot air balloon but that I wanted to save it for somewhere really special. The Lake District is one of these special places and it’s ideal for exploring the area from above. Despite what you may think, hot air balloons are not actually all that frightening and once you’re up in the air you actually forget you’re in a basket – the views are just too spectacular! The most popular route will take you over Lake Windermere and there’s a reason why it’s so popular – because it’s so gorgeous!
Not many people know that it’s possible to swim in the Lakes but there are actually three different sites where you can: Fellfoot, Millerground and Lakeside. Don’t worry about them being unsafe and they are constantly monitored and the water is checked daily. Beware though – the waters can get extremely cold in England so perhaps it would be wise to pack a wetsuit to swim in instead!
The Lake District is the jewel of the England countryside and will no doubt be the highlight of your time in the country!
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