Get active outdoors in the Lake District

Will fells, fields, lakes and woodlands, the Lakes is the perfect place to get your heart rate pumping or just simply clear your head and breathe in the fresh air. From watersports to stone skimming, lakeside strolls to challenging hikes, we have it all.

Visitors enjoying the garden in summer at Wordsworth House and Garden

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.​

Woman jumping into Windermere at Fell Foot

Make a splash at Fell Foot 

Set sail on England's largest lake from the safety of Fell Foot's shoreline. Make a splash with rowboat, kayak and stand up paddleboard hire, or simply enjoy a cooling paddle. With gentle lakeside paths, to sports day themed challenges and volleyball, tennis, ultimate frisbee and badminton to enjoy, there’s plenty of ways to get active at Fell Foot this summer.

Two people kayaking on Lake Windermere in summer

Try something new at Low Wray  

Sitting on the west shore of Windermere, the active outdoors base at Low Wray campsite is the perfect spot to start an active adventure. Hire kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and bikes, or simply enjoy a paddle from the lakeside beach and take a gentle walk along the tranquil shoreline.

A couple cycle along a lane at Wray Castle

Sail, cycle and walk at Wray Castle  

Sitting on the shore of Lake Windermere, the grounds and wider estate of Wray Castle are the perfect place to spend a day enjoying the outdoors. The shingle beach is the perfect launch spot for a paddleboard or kayak, or stick to dry land and bring the family’s bikes and cycle down the lakeshore shore path to Claife Viewing Station. There are miles of family friendly walks starting at the Castle; wander along Windermere’s lakeshore or discover the tranquil beauty of Blelham Tarn.

Two people cycling through the countryside

Cycle to the pub in Langdale 

Work up an appetite on this 11 mile cycle route through the Great Langdale valley, exploring woodlands, meadows and lakeside trails before heading to the National Trust pub at Sticklebarn.

Two women walk their dog by the tarn at Tarn Hows in summer

Walking in the Lake District

We can’t think of a better place to take to the fells, paths or lakeshores than here in the heart of the Lake District. From gentle ambles, to more challenging hikes, we've rounded up some of our favourite summer walks.

A man using a tramper wheelchair at Tarn Hows in the Lake District

Try out a Tramper 

Everyone should have the chance to get outdoors in the Lake District. If you have limited mobility, hire one of our all-terrain mobility scooters at Tarn Hows and enjoy a spectacular lakeside route.

Two men in blue tshirts laughing as they walk through the green countryside of the Lake District

Enjoy the outdoors safely 

Enjoy a great experience in the Lakes by being properly prepared. Checking the weather, carrying the right kit and being confident you have the skills for your planned adventure are just three ways you can enjoy the outdoors safely. Visit Adventure Smart for more tips on how to keep yourself and others safe in the Lakes.


Get active in the North West

From gentle strolls to longer hikes in scenic surroundings, fast-paced running events for grown-ups to teaching little legs to ride a bike, there are plenty of ways to get active in the North West, all year round.