Home to beautiful scenery, exciting adventure opportunities, and some of England’s best cuisine, the Lake District certainly isn’t short on things to do. Whether you’re in the mood for relaxation or excitement, this dynamic part of the country always has something to offer. Very few destinations can match the Lake District’s blend of cuisine, adventure and culture.
Thanks to its huge range of activities, adventures, and attractions, it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed on your Lake District holidays. With so many different choices, where should you spend your time?
While the final choice of restaurants, tour operators, and locations is up to you, the three activities in this guide are all ‘must-dos’ for visitors to the Lake District. Make sure that at least one – and preferably all three – feature prominently in your holiday itinerary.
Enjoy the region’s excellent culinary options
While most visitors to the Lake District will be wowed by the region’s scenery, it’s the food that’s really off the charts. The Lake District is home to some of England’s most iconic meals, many of which are local delights with centuries of history.
For a delicious taste of Lake District history, bite into a tasty rolled-up Cumberland sausage. This delicious grilled sausage is made of tasty pork, local herbs and spices, and a dash of pepper.
Got a secret sweet tooth? Try one of England’s most iconic treats. Kendal Mint Cakes are a Lake District favourite. These tasty snacks are made of a peppermint flavoured sugar cake that’s occasionally covered in a light coating of delicious milk chocolate.
Scale mountains and enjoy the amazing views
The Lake District may be known for its mountains, but you don’t need to be a hiking expert to scale some of the region’s easier peaks. Walks like Cat Bells and Latrigg are just as suitable for absolute beginners as they are for seasoned experts.
Pack a comfortable, durable pair of shoes and suitable wet weather gear before you depart on any Lake District walks, as the region’s heavy rainfall and temperamental weather patterns can quickly turn a sunny afternoon walk wet.
Ride, drive, or explore on amazing terrain
Prefer a jolt of adrenaline to a slow hillside walk? Many of the Lake District’s best mountain trails can be explored by mountain bike, giving thrillseekers a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the remarkable countryside.
If mountain biking isn’t quite fast enough for you, try one of the Lake District’s off-road driving tours. Owners of four-wheel-drive vehicles can battle the terrain on their own, while drivers less confident in their vehicles can follow behind a guide.