3 must-do activities for a perfect Lake District weekend

by Ed Scott

The Lake District National Park is famous for some of the UK’s most spectacular landscapes. Tourists from around the world come to explore its many hiking trails and absorb its rich cultural heritage. From sky-high craggy peaks to crystal clear lakes, it truly has something to offer everyone.

With so many fantastic days out to be had in the Lake District, it can be difficult to choose exactly how to spend your visit. To help you plan your adventure, we’ve put together 3 suggestions for great activities to try in this timeless holiday destination.

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Source: Ullswater Paddleboarding

Climb a mountain

Nothing beats the feeling of setting two feet on a summit and taking in the views from up on high. Despite its watery name, it’s the mountains that truly make the Lake District a unique landscape. There are over 200 peaks within the park, and each offers unique challenges and opportunities for adventure.

Local experts Lake District Mountaineering are on-hand to show you around the fells. They offer guided mountaineering sessions on a range of peaks in the Lake District. Take in the towering heights of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, or choose from a number of family-friendly days out on smaller fells like Catbells, High Rigg, or Walla Crag.

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Source: Lake District Mountaineering

Paddle on a lake

The Lake District’s sixteen tranquil lakes offer unrivalled views of the surrounding hills. There’s no better way to take in the park’s wide open spaces than atop a stand-up paddleboard, gliding peacefully across these still waters.

Local to Ullswater, England’s second-largest lake, Ullswater Paddleboarding offer SUP lessons, guided tours, and paddleboards for hire right by the water’s edge. Watch your worries drift away as you paddle across glacial water and take in the stunning mountain views to the south, which soften to gentler hills north of the lake.

ullswater stand-up paddleboarding
Source: Ullswater Paddleboarding

Connect with nature

With its ancient rural landscape and rolling hills, there’s no better place than the Lake District to unplug from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Full Circle Experiences was created to help people do just that. Whether it's rediscovering the joys of tree climbing, flowing through an outdoors yoga session, or indulging in a spot of wild swimming, they’ve been helping adventurers of all ages reconnect with nature for over 10 years.

For a truly one-of-a-kind adventure, join a guided packhorse picnic. Wander through the hills with a pack of peaceful ponies before setting up camp in the woods and choosing from a range of activities to enjoy in the wild. This family-friendly day out will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and inspired - the perfect way to wrap up your trip to the Lake District.

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Source: Full Circle Experiences

Whether you’re an out-and-out adventurer or a mindfulness guru, the Lake District will leave you spoilt for choice. We hope this article has helped inspire you in your search for the perfect Lake District activity. 

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