What To Do In The Lake District This Summer

23rd May 2019

Summer in The Lakes… beaches, mountains, ice cream and cruises? Count me in.

Summer must be nearly everyone’s favourite season, the uplifting mood the sun creates, longer nights and adventure filled days. What could be better? You guessed it, a summer spent in The Lake District. We might be slightly biased but what’s better than enjoying breath-taking views and the abundance of summer wildlife in an array of sun and warmth. Why would you even consider any other holiday destination?

So, we’ve created our top 5 things to do in the Lake District this summer, whether you’re visiting as a couple, family or solo the activities are fun for all:

1. Outdoor Swimming

A different way to immerse yourself into the stunning landscape. Take a dip in one of the notorious lakes for a spot of wild swimming (sounds awfully adventurous doesn’t it?). As well as all the health benefits that come with it, it’s a beautiful way to refresh your mind and enjoy the scenery. If you don’t fancy submerging yourself in a lake, why not visit one of the many lidos in the area.

lake district in summer

2. A Day at the Beach

When you think of a beach you’re most probably thinking of the white sands of the Bahamas and the clear waters in the Maldives, probably not the beaches in and around the North of England. Fun fact: the Lake District and Cumbria is actually home to 150 miles of coastline waiting to be enjoyed and explored. Take a look for yourself.

3. Lake Cruise

If you’ve exhausted your legs walking the various hills and mountains that the Lake District has to offer why not take a relaxing cruise on one of the many lakes. Starting your journey in Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside the cruises sail past unrivalled views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and wooded islands. Hop-on and hop-off at jetties situated around the lakes and visit the local attractions for a perfect summer day out.

lake cruise lake district summer

4. Water Sports

Cumbria is known as the adventure capital of the UK, so you can’t visit without an adventure in some form or another.  Home to over 80 lakes, waters and tarns of course it is water sport central. Take your pick from canoeing and sailing to windsurfing and diving.

5. Ice Cream

icecream The Little Ice Cream Shop, Windermere

And would it really be a complete summers day out without ice cream dribbling down your arm? Thankfully we have some of the best parlours home to some delicious locally-made ice cream. Sundae anyone?

And if that’s not enough to keep your visit jam-packed, The Lakes is a host to a whole range of miscellaneous attractions this summer. Keswick is holding its annual beer festival from 7th-8th June, Kendal’s music festival Kendal Calling takes place from the 25th-28th July and there are many horse races taking place at Carlisle and Cartmel race course.

Have a fun filled summer! And if you do have time for a spot of shopping pop into one of our five Lake District stores to say hello.

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