Amazing days out

Enjoying a day dressing up at Wray Castle © NTPL/Paul Harris

Whether it's a challenging hike on the fells, a fascinating historic story, a delicious treat in one of our cafés or a pint in our pub, the Lakes has a huge variety of exciting things to do all year round.

Experience the great outdoors

Negotiating a rocky path in Wasdale, Cumbria © NTPL/Paul Harris

Looking forward to getting outdoors this autumn? We’re home to an adventure playground - walk, climb, run, canoe. If you’re under 11 ¾ there’s no better place to try ’50 things.’ See our top things to do in the outdoors (external link).

Take a break

Stay cosy in one of our camping pods this season © NTPL/National Trust

Whether it’s for relaxation or adventure, the Lakes is a wonderful place to take a break. We’ve 18 cosy holiday cottages and three beautiful campsites to choose from - all in stunning locations.

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'One of my pleasantest memories of Esthwaite is sitting on Oatmeal Crag on a Sunday afternoon, with the lane and fields and oak copse like in a trough below my feet and all the tiny little fungus people singing and bobbing and dancing in the grass.

Beatrix Potter

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Park End Moss

Flying bittern ©

We've set up a new haven for wildlife in a quiet corner of the Lyth Valley.

Join the Great British Walk

Join us for a Great British Walk this autumn 

Join us for a Great British Walk this autumn

The countryside is alive with colour here in the Lakes and we’re celebrating the season with new walking trails. Visit Sizergh, Aira Force or find a Great British Walk near you.

Halloween happenings

Our garden is often taken over by pumpkins at Halloween © National Trust

Our garden is often taken over by pumpkins at Halloween

We're looking forward to Halloween happenings. Try woodland pumpkin trails at Acorn Bank and Townend, little monster crafts at Allan Bank, ghosts and fireside tales at Fell Foot and fancy dress at Sticklebarn.

New kitchen café at Allan Bank

Help yourself to a yummy cake... or two © Steven Barber

Help yourself to a yummy cake... or two

This isn't a regular tea room but a warm and homely kitchen at Allan Bank. Sit at the big refectory table and help yourself to sandwiches, soup, cakes, snacks and drinks.

Gathering dust, collecting shadows

Acorn Bank Moth Art Installation © Steven Barber

Acorn Bank Moth Art Installation

We've a very unusual exhibition at Acorn Bank - it uses moths as a metaphor to represent the past history of the house and the forgotten lives of the people who have occupied it over the centuries.

World Heritage Site

Walkers in Wasdale, Cumbria © joe Cornish

Walkers in Wasdale, Cumbria

We care for this iconic landscape so we're supporting the Lake District bid for World Heritage Site status in 2016.