5 cool things to do in the Lake District

We’re reluctant to admit it, but staycations are the only form of travel available to us right now. If you’re in the UK, however, there’s no better destination than the good old Lake District.

Wast Water, Lake District

Contrary to popular belief, a holiday in the Lakes doesn’t just have to be climbing hills and view spotting – but you’ve got to know where to look. So, after searching for all the coolest things we’d really like to do in the Lakes, we’ve come up with this list. This article is all about helping you to make the most of your Lake District holiday, and ensuring we all make the most of everything on our doorstep. 

We’ve made sure to pick the most Covid-secure activities, and we’ve included the extra steps individual companies are taking to keep customers safe. Please note that you should check with each activity provider to see if they are operating at this time. 

Let’s get into our top 5 cool things to do in the Lake District. 

1. Ghyll Scrambling Water Adventure

Fancy donning a wetsuit and taking on an obstacle course in the mountains? We thought so. 

Ghyll Water Scrambling

This scrambling water adventure is definitely one of the coolest things to do in the Lake District right now- head to Stonycroft Ghyll to slide your way down this epic natural assault course. The outdoor activity takes around three hours from start to finish, so you better be ready to get wet, have fun, and take in the scenery. 

Tour operator Mobile Adventure will provide you with all equipment needed to take on the task, and souvenir photos to remember your trip are included for free.

The company is working hard to protect clients during the COVID-19 outbreak – all equipment is sanitised and quarantined for 72 hours after use, and strict social distancing measures are in place. Mobile Adventure is only taking private groups at the moment, which we think makes this activity even better. 

Check out Ghyll Scrambling on Tripadvisor.

2. Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Rail travel in the Lake District is beautiful enough as it is, but on a steam train? We’re sold!

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway covers miles of beautiful Lakes scenery, stopping at Ravenglass, Scafell Pike, the Roman Bath House, Hardknott Pass, and Stanley Ghyll Force Waterfall.

The railway’s day pass offers up a fantastic opportunity to hop on and off the train as you please. Enjoy the views from the train, disembark into nature, visit the local towns, and head home in style.

To follow UK Covid-19 guidelines, all tickets for the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway must be booked in advance. Each group is assigned an individual train compartment, and face masks must be worn in public areas. 

Book tickets for the train on Tripadvisor. 

3. Windermere Ferry

You haven’t been to the Lake District unless you’ve been on Lake Windermere, and what better way to experience the water than with your very own boat.

Windermere Ferry in the Lake District

Hire a self-drive motorboat from Windermere Lake Cruises to sail at your own pace. Boats are available to hire for one or two hours at a time, and you’ll be given a full guide on sailing the lake before setting off.

These boats have roll-back roofs and quiet electric motors to make your sailing experience as pleasurable as possible. If you don’t fancy being captain of your own ship, hop on one of Windermere Cruise’s group tours. Ferries travel between Bowness and Ambleside or Lakeside on a regular basis.

Make sure to prebook your boating adventure on the Windermere Lake Cruises website. Social distancing guidelines are adhered to, so you’ll have more space for yourself to admire the views. You must wear a face-covering if travelling via public ferry.

Check out the Windermere Lake Cruises website.

4. Theatre by the Lake

This gorgeous theatre is sat on the shores of Derwentwater, offering guests great live theatre, a glass of fizz or two, and stunning views for miles.

Theatre on the Lake, Keswick

This is the perfect Lake District activity for couples – take a cute date night over to the Theatre by the Lake, and enjoy one of many performances put on year-round for guests.

The theatre is just a 10-minute walk from the centre of Keswick.  Over the road you’ll find Crow Park, which offers 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains. The Main House is spacious, airy, comfortable, and accessible for all.

Theatre by the Lake is working hard to reopen in early 2021, but is currently selling tickets for performances via livestream if you’d like to get a taste for the theatre before visiting.

Keep up to date with the team via Facebook.

5. The Lakes Distillery

The Lakes Distillery is perfect for anyone who enjoys a tipple or two, and one of the best things to do in the Lake District.

Found on the north shore of Bassenthwaite Lake, this state-of-the-art distillery is fully stocked with the very best whiskey, gin, and vodka. Take a tour of the distillery itself, then settle down to enjoy tastings of the Lake’s finest spirits. You’ll also find products and gifts from local businesses and a bistro to sit back and relax at the end of a long day.

Post-lockdown, you’ll be able to enjoy everything the Lakes Distillery has to offer in a fun and safe manner. Keep an eye on the company’s Facebook page for all their information on reopening. 

For now, you can still visit their website to purchase your favourites with contact-free delivery.

Our top 5 things to do in the Lake District

Will you be bookmarking this page for next time you need things to do in the Lake District? Leave me a comment to let me know! I’d also love to learn your best Lake District recommendations- we’ve recently moved into the area and I’m ready to explore. 

In a hurry?

  • Ghyll Scrambling Water Adventure
  • Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
  • Windermere Ferry
  • Theatre by the Lake
  • The Lakes Distillery

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