Things to do in Lake District with Kids on a Summer Day

The Lake District has been one of Britain’s favourite National Parks ever since it was established in 1951. Also known as the Lakeland, the region attracts over 15 million visitors every year and it is easy to see why.

The region offers many activities to the traveller including history, hiking, heritage railways, fishing and rock climbing just to name a few.

And these are the same reasons why so many people are choosing to buy a holiday home here, so that they can enjoy the vast wealth of opportunities the region has to offer, any time they want.

A family can have a wonderful summer in the Lake District, even if it rains. There are many indoor attractions in the region such as castles and the Lakeland Motor Museum. These attractions are perfect for those horrid, rainy English afternoons.

• Castles, Farms, Heritage Railways and Ferries

Visiting the Lake District is a great chance to see how our ancestors lived and got around. The Ravenglass, Eskdale, Lakeside and Haverthwaite heritage railways use vintage carriages pulled by steam engines. Children who have only seen these trains via Harry Potter and Thomas the Tank Engine will have a blast riding them!

There are many ferries crossing the Lakes, including the Windermere Ferry which connects to the Lakeside and Haverthwaite. These ferries are a great way to experience the lakes.

The region’s castles, including Sizergh Castle and the Muncaster Castle, will be of interest to history buffs and children that are fascinated with knights and princesses. A big plus to these castles is that admission is free for National Trust Members.

There are also a number of working farms in the region open to the public. These farms give children the chance to pet and groom live farm animals and ride horses, carts and traps and tractors. Some of them also have cafes so you can have a bite to eat whilst away from your holiday home.

Call ahead or visit the website if you visit a farm because many of them are closed between October and Easter.

• Enjoying Nature in the Lake District

In addition to history, one of the top things to do in Lake District with kids on a summer day is experience nature. The hills or fells offer some of the most rugged terrain in Great Britain. Scafell Pike is the highest point in England and you will be treated with a tremendous view; you can actually see all the way to Snowdonia in Wales. If the day is clear you can sometimes see Northern Ireland from its peak.

Even though the fells are high and rugged, the climb is not too demanding for children. But if you don’t want to exert all of that effort, there are many areas accessible by car.

You can also see natural beauty in the region’s lakes. Windermere is the most famous, but there are many others that are less well known like Buttermere or Ullswater.

Other great natural attractions in the region include Aira Force - a famous waterfall that is now part of Victorian Park. There are also many great hikes in the fells and around the Lakes - be careful though because much of this land is still privately owned. There are still working farms and even timber operations in the region.

Don’t Forget to Wander

If you do go to the Lake District plan to have at least one unscheduled day to wander around because there is just so much to do there. The number of attractions in the area are too numerous to see in one day, and there are many hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered.

Why not plan an itinerary, so you can spend some time relaxing at your holiday home and other days enjoying everything the Lakes has to offer?

You can explore everything the Lake District has to offer, all year round, by purchasing your very own Lake District holiday home. If you are interested, talk to the friendly experts at Southlakeland Lodges today.

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