THINGS to DO
When it comes to relaxation and fun, Cumbria - the Lake District is the place to be. The extensive choice of things to see and do, places to visit and ways to indulge your senses mean that days will be fun-packed, exciting, educational and no two the same.
From ghyll scrambling to golf, there's a fantastic choice of activities on offer in Cumbria. Try your hand at canoeing on the lakes, aquaseiling down the waterfalls or simply walking on the world-famous fells. There are also plenty of attractions to keep children of all ages happy throughout the school holidays including aquariums, climbing walls and steam railways. Don't miss our packed calendar of events too with agricultural shows, country fairs and carnivals making it a year round season to celebrate...
THINGS TO SEE & DO
The Aquarium, at Ulverston, Steam Trains at Ravenglass and Ulverston, Beatrice Potter and the Peter Rabbit Tales at Ambleside, Trooters World of Animals at Keswick, The Toy and Model Museum at Cockermouth or the Climbing Centre at Kendal all provide amazing Family Entertainment, aside from the more usual cruises on Lake Windermere or a wealth of Historic Houses, Gardens, museums and Art Galleries for the not so young.
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Easily accessible, yet offering an amazing range of climbs from the simply exhilarating to the truly challenging, the Lake District has the ideal climbing terrain for beginner and expert alike.
With an amazing variety of mountains, walks and scrambles, all to be discovered within a comparatively small area, the Lakes host some of the best rambles and pathways in the UK. Routes range from classic lake shore circuits to hidden waterfalls and isolated tarns, and from fairy-tale streams to the windswept peaks of Scafell Pike and Helvellyn, with its daunting 'Striding Edge'. Access is generally easy, but close adherence to rights of way should be followed, sticking to the paths where possible. And at the end of your walk, where better to rest your feet and mull over the day than in one of the district's legendary inns?
BICYCLING & WALKING TRAILS
DALES WAY - 84 mile Hike: Ilkley, West Yorkshire, to Bowness on Windermere. A relatively undemanding walk of 84 miles, much of it along riverside paths and passing through lovely valleys and delightful villages. Route: Cowgill-Dent-Sedbergh-Lambrigg-Patton Bridge-Burneside-Staveley-Bowness Miles: 84
ESKDALE TRAIL Take your bike on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway & bike the return journey through the beatiful Eskdale Valley. The route is virtually traffic free. Guide: The Eskdale Trail. Available at local Tourist Information Centres or from Ravenglass Station. Route: Eskdale-Ravenglass.
The region offers a wide range of pursuits for those wanting to enjoy a more leisurely pace, from exploring the countryside on horseback to enjoying the breathtaking views from some of our golf courses there really is something for everyone.
Ballooning - QuadBikes - Windsurfing or waterskiiing - Sailing - Golfing - HorseRiding - PaintBalling - Birdwatching - Fishing - Claypigeon Shooting - Underground Caving are all on offer.
WHAT'S ON IN CUMBRIA
Cumbria offers a wealth of things to see and do , from County Fairs to Craft weekends, Theatre, Film and Art Festivals, Concerts, Live Band Shows or Jazz evenings on the Lake. All the year round there is always something happening.
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For those wanting to do something "Crafty" the area offers a wealth of courses to take, from crafting your own walking stick to learning to weave wool into a warm beret. Small one and two day classes available.