It’s easy to imagine that short breaks in the Lake District mean wide open spaces, the wonders of Mother Nature in her finest hour and the ultimate backdrop for peace and quiet.
Of course, you can have all that – and more – if the lakes, mountains and acres of forests and green spaces are calling you.
However, short breaks in the Lake District can also be busy, action-packed and challenging.
Perhaps the glorious scenery is something you want to soak up from the comfort of your car, as you drive around enjoying a packed programme of fun activities in the Lake District.
The list of potential outdoor activities, cultural experiences and visitor attractions now dotted across Cumbria would be difficult to sum up. It would not be an exaggeration to say there is something for all ages and interests – from quad biking to the Lakeland Motor Museum, and from meditating at Castlerigg Stone Circle to paragliding from nearby lofty peaks.
Rather than overwhelming you with the menu of activities and experiences, let’s focus on two locations as good examples of the different sides to Lake District short breaks.
Action And Enjoyment Around Keswick
If you decide to take your short break at a centrally located choice of hotels in the Lake District – such as one in Keswick – what fun options would you have on your doorstep?
For a start, there’s the town’s own iconic Theatre by the Lake, with a year-round programme of superb performances in the best possible setting.
If culture is your “thing”, then the Keswick Museum is a fascinating stop off point. It has well-curated exhibitions and displays, and a busy programme of events, providing insights and information on this area’s natural and man-made heritage. There’s a shop and café, and nearby is the lovely Fitz Park and a great children’s playground.
If you or your children love visiting cute creatures, then just 10 minutes’ drive from Keswick is the Lake District Wildlife Park.
Do you love to challenge yourself on short breaks in the Lake District, and get a rush of adrenalin? Then drive five minutes from Keswick town centre and you have the Keswick Climbing Wall and Outdoor Adventure Centre. There’s indoor climbing walls, abseiling, archery, high ropes, kayaking and a speedy Zip Line. To name put a few potential fun things to try.
Are you a food and drink fan? Then a stay in Keswick gives you access to the town’s fun and relaxing cookery school led by TV Chef Peter Sidwell. Or sample the delights of the nearby Lakes Distillery. Not only does this provide you with tours of the largest whisky distillery in England, you get great views of Bassenthwaite Lake.
Nature’s Own Activity Menu In The Lake District
Talking of Lakes, there are millions of visitors each year who opt for a short break in the Lakes so they can enjoy the attractions that have been there for centuries.
So, if hustle, bustle and keeping busy is the opposite of what you seek, then why not book a stay at one of a hotel in the Lake District that’s serenely situated in Glenridding, for example.
This is the perfect place to climb Helvellyn and to enjoy exploring the shores of gentle Lake Ullswater. You won’t find a more authentic Lake District village than Glenridding. The local pubs and paths provide opportunities to chat with other folks who love Cumbria’s lakes and mountains. Or, you can explore remote paths and find peace, tranquillity and inner calm in the location’s wide-open spaces.
This is your short break in the Lakes. So make it whatever you want, and need.