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By on June 29th, 2017

Top 5 things to do in the Lake District

Why go abroad, when you can visit the Lake District? You’ll be spoilt for choice for something to do here, from outdoor activities like paddle-boarding on the lake, Honister’s Via Ferrata, to getting out and about on the 214 Wainwright fells. On top of that there’s copious amounts of indoor fun to be had, from ice climbing at Kong Adventure, to watching show after show at the fabulous Theatre by the Lake. With so many things to see and do, we’ve picked our top 5 favourite things to inspire you.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing stay, an excuse to get out and about on the fells, or a chance to enjoy quality time with the family, a break in the Lake’s should be on everyone’s to do list. To view our best deals click below…


1. Bobbing along…

The Lake District is made up of 16 beautiful lakes, so it would be rude to pay us a visit and not take advantage of all that they have to offer. You can hop on a launch, take a dip, venture out on a rowing boat and much more. Our favourite activity has to be canoeing, it’s full of fun and you can double up to share the rowing. If you are staying at the Lodore Falls Hotel, you can hire a canoe from Platty + a small friendly family run water sports centre, located on the Lodore jetty, just 30m from the hotel. You can also visit Nichol End Marine and Newlands Adventure Centre to hire canoe’s.

Did you know?

There is only one official lake in the Lake District… which is Bassenthwaite Lake, the rest are all mere’s and water’s.

2. Gentle strolls vs The Wainwrights…

We have so many great walks right from the front door, you really don’t need an excuse to don a pair of walking boots and hit the great outdoors. If you decide to walk one of the Wainwrights, don’t forget to take advantage of our FREE WALKING BOOT HIRE (a family can save up to £50) from George Fisher’s in Keswick, available to guests staying in all seven of our Lake District Hotels.

For those of you that prefer a more leisurely stroll, we have compiled a book of sixteen detailed walks and maps, all starting from our hotels. We wanted to share our favourite bits of the Lake District in these delightful walks, which offer walks by rivers and lakes, which is suitable for all abilities. Ask for details at the hotel reception.

3. It’s like riding a bike… 

Relatively new to Keswick, E-Venture Bikes are offering electric bike hire, including both regular pedal bikes and e-bikes, allowing you to see parts of the Lake District by bike, which you never imagined possible. Having a motor opens up cycling for all ages and abilities, with no blood, sweat or tears!

When staying at one of our seven Lake District Hotels, take advantage of 10% discount at E-Venture Bikes, offer available until the end of August when you book online using an exclusive code.

Win an e-bike adventure!
Why not visit www.e-venturebikes.co.uk/monthly-competition for a chance to winning two electric bikes for a half day hire, completely free!

4. From old to new…

Honister Slate Mine is the last working slate mine in England, and now home to the best Via Ferrata in the UK, the drive up to the mine in it’s self is well worth a visit, overlooked by a string of dramatic fells. Here you can go deep underground on a guided mine tour, perfect for a wet and windy day. Or take on the Via Ferrata, which takes the original miners track up the steep outer incline of Fleetwith Pike, clipped onto a continuous cable, this activity is not for the faint hearted.

5. The magic of theatre…

Something of a local treasure, the Theatre by the Lake is located by the boat landings in Keswick, with superb view across Derwentwater, a perfect place to enjoy some evening entertainment. Here you can watch film screenings, music, festivals (including the Keswick Mountain Festival and ‘Words by the Water’) and a range of other events. It also hosts regular arts and crafts exhibitions and other day-time activities, there’s something to suit everyone.

Over 20 exclusive discounts…

We have teamed up with the best local attractions and shops to provide our guests with exclusive deals. This includes over 20 discount vouchers, which are available to our guests; take advantage of ‘2 for 1’ at the Lake District Wildlife Park or the Lakes Distillery, 15% off Go Ape, and much more. Collect your discount vouchers from reception on arrival.



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