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Lake District Activities - Things to do in the Lake District

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Lake District Activities - Things to do in the Lake District

Activities and things to do in the Lake District - Something for everyone from easy walking and golf to paragliding and rock climbing and which could include Abseiling, kayaking, ghyll scrambling, mountain biking, horse riding, orienteering,hillwalking, caving and potholing, archery, sailing, mountain navigation and map reading.

Lake District Activities - Walking in the Lake District

The Lake District is a magnet for walkers with millions arriving each year to strolls the lakeside paths, walk the fells and to scramble up rocky pinnacles.

The Lake District topography provides a huge variety of opportunities for walkers. You can follow the popular routes or eaily find a more secluded landscape.

You can either buy a guide book and a map and do it yourself or one of the Lake District volunteers on a guided walk. You don't need to worry about navigation and can learn from a knowledgeable local about the area. Pick from short, scenic picnic strolls to full days through spectacular landscape.
For more information see the Lake District National Park Authority They also provide information on walking without stiles, routes are perfect for those in wheelchairs, buggies or who find walking a challenge. There are 21 simple short options to give a blast of fresh air without tramping for hours or negotiating squeeze stiles after a generous pub lunch!

External links

David Hall - Lake District Walks
John Dawson's Lake District Walks

Lake District Activities - Cycling and Mountain Biking in the Lake District

The Lake District is a great place for both road cyclists with miles of country lanes and mountain bikers with thousands of tracks running through the forests.

Whinlatter Forest and Grizedale Forest are criss-crossed with routes ranging from those suitable for beginners to more challenging levels. If you want to let someone else take the lead, check out the Mountain Biking for Beginners events at Peak District National Park Authority

External links

Grizedale Mountain Bikes

Lake District Activities - Fishing and Angling in the Lake District

The rivers, streams, lakes and tarns of the Lake District offer a wide choice of freshwater fishing for coarse and game fish. Windermere has Arctic charr, brown trout, pike, perch, roach and eels as well as Salmon and sea trout passing through the lake to spawn in the tributaries. Derwent Water contains perch, pike , roach and brown trout. Only fly fishing methods are allowed. Crummock Water and Buttermere both contain trout, char, pike and perch.

Some of the fishing is free. For some waters you need to purchase a day or weekly permit. All anglers need to buy a 'rod licience' which can be bought from tourist information centres, tackle shops or the post office. Tackle shops will also provide more information on local fishing and permits.

External links

Penrith Anglers Online
Windermere, Ambleside and District Angling Association - for Comprehensive Lake District Fishing Information

Lake District Activities - Horse Riding, Hacking and Trekking in the Lake District

the Lake District provides a glorious setting for horse riding and horse riding holidays with miles of bridleways, quiet country roads and fells to explore.

External links

Hipshow Riding Stables - for Lake District Horse Riding Holidays

Lake District Wildlife

The Lake District's stunning scenery of high fells and valley lakes contains a very wide range of wildlife some of which is unique in England. It is home to the Red Squirrel, nesting Golden Eagles and Ospreys. Thousands of geese, ducks and swans live on Windermere with thousands more coming over in the winter months including goldeneye and red-breasted merganser.

Bassenthwaite Lake as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserve is home to a number of species of wildlife. There are six National Nature Reserves in the Lake District as well as 100 sites of Special Scientific Interest. The Cumbria Wildlife Trust looks after over 40 nature reserves across Cumbria as well as workimg to protect species and habitats in the wider countryside, especially those listed in Cumbria's Biodiversity Action Plan. These include red squirrels, water voles, bats, natterjack toads, dragonflies and tarns.

External links

Virtual Fauna of Lakeland - Information on the wildlife of Cumbria.
Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Water sports and activities

The Lake District is a great location for water sports with many opportunities for sailing, water sking, kayaking and canoeing. Or you can simply enjoy the larger lakes on a pleasure cruise.

Windermere, the largest of the lakes is non tidal and since the speed ban came into force in 2005 has become a paradise for sailors. At Windermere as well as Keswick and Glenridding you can hire equipment and have instruction.

Coniston Sailing Club
Derwent Water Marina for sailing, windsurfing or canoeing

Rock Climbing in the Lake District

The Lake District was the birthplace of British rock climbing, and it remains one of the country's best climbing areas. Climbs of all grades are available offering a unique opportunity to experienced climbers and beginners alike, all amongst the backdrop of the glorious lakeland scenery.

External links

Fell and Rock - English Lake District mountaineering club

Paragliding in the Lake District

Paraglider is a free-flying, foot-launched aircraft. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing, whose shape is formed by the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing. A hang glider is supported on a rigid frame which determines its shape and thus does not collapse in turbulence

The time it takes to learn to paraglide is roughly about 2 weeks depending of course how much time you put in during those weeks. It does involve some indoor sessions learning about flight theory. Of course you can just go out and fly in tandem with an experienced pilot without too much pre knowledge. The costs involved in learning to paraglide vary from school to school but don't expect much change from 1000. Equipment is also expensive but can be hired out or bought second hand.

The topography and conditions of the Lake District have made it a natural haven for the exhilarating sport of paragliding.

External links

Cumbria Soaring Club

Photography in the Lake District - Taking photographs in the Lake District

The Lake District's stunning scenery of high fells and valley lakes is a landscape photographers dream. With modern digital cameras it is fairly easy just to point it anywhere in the lakeland and obtain a decent picture without any knowledge of theory and practical technique.

However by learning a little about photographic technique and post processing , and understanding and interpreting the landscape, prevailing light conditions and the changing seasons you can impove your photographs by miles.

Taking a short course can help. The other problem is looking for the best spots to photograph from. Well perhaphs one of the many coach or photo tours around the lakes might help.

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