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5 Sizzling Summer Adventures in the Lake District

Spend as little time as possible in the car and as much time as you can soaking up the glorious summer rays on a cottage break in the Lake District.

Here are 5 of Lakelovers’ favourite summer adventures.

1. Muncaster Castle

Visit Muncaster Castle this summer for a fantastic day out for all the family. Over the summer they have plenty of events planned. In May they host a fun family festival, and an event celebrating Cumberland Sausage. In August there is Shakespeare on the Lawn and Picnic Cinema, where you can see fabulous films on the grounds. All year round, the castle features stunning gardens and a bird of prey centre, where you can meet owls and hawks up close.

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2. Get Wet

For those fancying something new, try SUP – Stand Up Paddle Boarding is the hottest water activity taking Lake Windermere holidaymakers along for the (rather wet) ride! Believe us when we say that it is easier than it looks and it is also as much fun as it looks.

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3. Sail and Rail

Speed things up (a little) by enjoying the mountain resort scenery from an impressive heritage steam train at Lakeside, on the southern tip of the blissful Lake Windermere. Step into the adventures of The Railway Children or Thomas the Tank Engine on a real-life 3.5 mile journey aboard a steam train from Haverthwaite to Lakeside. The steam will be a memorable new experience for younger family members and like stepping back in time for grandparents. Continue the journey aboard a Windermere Steamer or head to Lakes Aquarium for a perfect sizzler of a daytrip in the South Lakes.

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4. South Lake District Cycle Trail

Feel the sun on your face and the grit under your bike wheel on an 8-mile return cycle trail along Lake Windermere’s quiet western shore to Ambleside.

Hire bikes with BikeTreks at Ings when making a Lake District cottage booking with Lakelovers and hop on the ferry at Bowness to cross Lake Windermere. Follow the leafy shore side road that runs gently alongside the lakeshore, offering plenty of picnic spots. Sail boats bob around the aptly named Belle Island and kids practise their pebble skimming skills. Wray Castle makes for a great stop, where kids can dress up, enjoy the Peter Rabbit Adventure room and make a foam block castle. Look out for the beautiful Mulberry Tree, planted by William Wordsworth.

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5. Hill Bagging

Kids love maps and grown-ups love walking. Bring the two together in a great family tradition of hill-bagging.

Some of our favourites that have great kid-appeal are:

The eerie Cathedral Caverns, Ambleside, which featured in the filming of Snow White and The Huntsman. Bowder Stone in the Borrowdale Valley outside Keswick. In the early 1800’s this 30ft high stones was quite the attraction and the Kings How walk is befitting of little prince and princesses. Helm Crag from Grasmere is a 4 mile walk and once you point out the unusual looking fell from the road and tell them that it is called The Lion and The Lamb, you’ll have kids hooked. The impressive Aira Force waterfall, only ½ a mile from the shore of Ullswater is extremely popular with families and Catbells from Keswick has to be the ultimate starter fell for little legs.

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Memories are for the making in the Lake District and this summer is the time to capture them.

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