2) South Lakeland Wildlife Park – better than London Zoo in my opinion and that is saying something
3) A Lake Steamer – Windermere is lovely but my favourite is the Ullswater Steamer. If you can work in a walk over Striding Edge on Helvellyn then you are in for a real treat, but needs some planning!
4) Go Ape – the high octane high wire is the highest in the country. At least it was when I froze 70 metres up!
5) Wander round Grange Over Sands and stroll along the Promenade. Pop in to Hazelmere Bakery for one of the their teas from around the world or grab an award winning pie from Higginsons Butchers in the Main Street.
6) Wordsworth’s Museum Dove Cottage in Grasmere is an amazing insight into the life of one of Britain’s most famous poets. He lived there from 1799.
7) Do a tour of the Lake District Villages and Lakes. Hawkshead and Ambleside sit on Lake Winderemere. Keswick is a popular destination on Derwentwater but I prefer the smaller villages like Buttermere and the remote lakes like Ennerdale Water. I’ll do some posts on tours. There are plenty of lovely cafes in all these villages like The Sun Flower cafe in Hawkshead with it’s MASSIVE cakes
8) Fell Foot Park is a great place to take the kids. It sits at the south end of Lake Windermere. You can rent rowing boats and play in the huge play ground. Take a picnic or if you’d rather head to Strawberry Bank (Mason’s Arms) afterwards (If you can find it!)
9) The world of Beatrix Potter in Bowness is another favourite for the kids. You can combine with a wander down to the lake and you can get a steamer from there; although it is a bit more touristy in Bowness
10) Take a train ride over the viaduct to Silverdale then a walk round Leighton Moss RSPB reserve. Take your binos and watch out for the Marsh Harriers. The train ride is spectaclar and you can get it from Kents Bank
There are plenty more things to do which are lots of fun too including:
Lake District Aquarium – fantastic if it’s not too busy. It’s a good insight into local wildlife – Arctic Char, Plaice, Flounder, Turbot, Ducks etc. There are some exotics but that’s not really point of it. Kids will love it
Steam Train Ride at Haverthwaite to Lake Side – just next the Aquarium is a steam train which takes you past the lake down to Haverthwaite and back. There aren’t many places you can do that
Lake Steamer Trip from Lake Side – jump on the Lake Steamer and head up the lake for fabulous views of the fells from the comfort of your seat. There’s a bar on board too!