Through the doors

Picnicking with Georgian pewterware from Sizergh  © Steven Barber

... of Lake District history. Though famed for breathtaking scenery, it’s easy to overlook the remarkable objects hidden indoors that reveal the intriguing history of this fascinating place.
 

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

Get out there © NTPL/Joe Cornish

Experience the great outdoors this summer. We’re home to an adventure playground - walk, climb, cycle, run, canoe. If you’re under 11 ¾ there’s no better place to try ’50 things.’

Take a break

Enjoying the peace and tranquility of the woodland seclusion at Low Wray © NTPL/Paul Harris

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

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A wild summer

Explore the tunnels if you dare

William Wordsworth’s wild childhood is the inspiration for a season of #wildtime in the Lake District. William spent his days swimming in the Derwent, reading on its banks, chasing butterflies, hunting for birds’ nests and roaming nearby lanes and fields. His love of nature fed his imagination and grew up to be one of the world’s favourite poets. 

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Take the boat

Leave the car at home and sail to Wray Castle © Steven Barber

It's the best way to arrive at some of our places! Sail across Windermere to arrive in style at Wray Castle, or jump on our newest boat link to Aira Force

King Pocky's Derwentwater Regatta

Pick your craft and try a new watersport with taster sessions for beginners © ©NationalTrustImages/PaulDelaney

Pick your craft and try a new watersport with taster sessions for beginners

The Derwentwater Regatta returns for a third year of madness and mayhem. Try your hand at kayaking, paddle-boarding, rowing or even Viking Long Boat sailing! 
 

Gondola girl anchored on Coniston

David Williams on the bow of the wrecked Gondola in the 1970s © National Trust

David Williams on the bow of the wrecked Gondola in the 1970s

Steam Yacht Gondola’s onshore team have welcomed a new member of staff – with a very special story to tell.

Claife Viewing Station

Memories of a bygone age of tourism in this fascinating ruin © National Trust/Dayve Ward

Memories of a bygone age of tourism in this fascinating ruin

We've opened a new cafe in the courtyard at Claife Viewing Station. Open all year round, tuck into fresh baking, drinks and Ferryman's lunches. Perfect for popping in to relax after you've explored the south lakes. 

Raising the range at Townend

The kitchen at Townend is definitely the heart of the home © Rob Talbot

The kitchen at Townend is definitely the heart of the home

The sweet smells of baking will at last rise through the historic range in Townend’s kitchen, thanks to generous donations to the Lakes Appeal.