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 summer? We’re home to an adventure playground - walk, climb, run, canoe, swim. 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

Relaxing outside a camping pod © NTPL/Paul Harris

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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Elisabeth Birkett was the Mary Berry of the Townend kitchen and it’s her 1699 recipe book that inspired me to compare life in the Bake Off kitchen, with life in a rural farmhouse.

Emma Wright, House Manager

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Get on your bike for a friendly welcome at a property near you © British Cycling

Fancy a family cycling challenge in the stunning setting of the Lakes? Try a skyride

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.

Woollen woods

Join us for Woollen Woods at Sizergh © Jo Leary

Join us for Woollen Woods at Sizergh

An enchanting outdoor art installation is brightening the woods at Sizergh.

Gathering dust, collecting shadows

Acorn Bank Moth Art Installation © Jo Leary

Acorn Bank Moth Art Installation

We've a very unusual exhibition at Acorn Bank this summer. It evokes 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.