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Things to do in the Lake District
Discover your adventure
Think of Allerdale like a great big adventure playground. On the water, in the mountains, at the beach and in the fields and visitor attractions – our activities in and around the Lake District are waiting to be explored.
If it’s retail therapy you’re after, then Allerdale’s shops are ideal. Find unique independents in Cockermouth and Wigton as well the big high street names in Workington, and some of the best outdoor shops in the Lake District, if not the UK, are in Keswick.
For family fun, mountain bike trails and some smashing walks, head to Whinlatter Forest Park. Discover iconic views at Derwentwater where you can hire a boat or let a lake cruiser take the strain, and, for a drive that will take your breath away, be brave and tackle Honister Pass.
If you need the kids to let off steam, take them climbing, caving or even beachcombing in and around Maryport. Or, if access is an issue, then there are miles of paths and promenades that are easily to explore if you head on to the forest trails or out to the coast.
Foodies will love visiting Allerdale for some proper hospitality in and around the Lake District. The restaurants, the pubs, the cafes and tea shops, not to mention our own distillery, coffee roasters and brewery, will keep even the fussiest eaters happy.
Find excitement, exploration and the most memorable of experiences in Allerdale. The opportunities are endless.
We’ve got some of Britain’s favourite Lake District mountains from Helvellyn to Catbells. More lakes than any other area of Cumbria, the quiet and unspoilt Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, knarled yews and old Oaks, and wildlife in abundance including Osprey, Red Squirrels, Red Deer, and porpoises and seals which can be seen from the harbour town of Maryport.
Food and drink
The Lake District is home to Cumberland Sausage, famous potted shrimps from Silloth, artisan bakers, Herdwick lamb, Jennings Brewery founded in 1828 and the acclaimed Lakes Distillery. Allerdale has a tasty food culture. Our leading food event, Taste Cockermouth is held each September and December and are not to miss.
We’ve got full on, Lake District outdoor activities – fell walking, climbing, mountain biking, sailing, zip wires and paragliding, or no less enjoyable low fi alternatives, from bird watching on the Solway Coast, cycling along quiet lanes and roads, being tutored in how to make the perfect wood fired pizza to seeing how many wildflowers and shells you can identity on our shores.
Lake District Shopping
Retail is detail so delve into the energy of the Allerdale shoppig scene. Pretty, tree lined Cockermouth Main Street is full of independent shops who value your custom. Keswick in the Lake District is an outdoor capital with all major retail outdoor brands and characterful independents including the world famous George Fisher. Workington has a pleasant pedestrianised retail heart with all the major retail brands represented.
Be in the know with our curated experiences from travel experts and locals alike. We’ve put together some of the best ideas on where to go and what to see in Allerdale, in and around the Lake District.
The great outdoors
Up a fell, into a valley, out on a lake or along the coast – you’ll find the best of every world in Allerdale. New places to explore on foot, on two wheels or by car, bus or train. You’ll also find a selection of beautiful trails accessible by wheelchair and buggy. Soak up the scenery and find a space to breathe.
Eating and drinking
Chatty cafes, fancy restaurants, a proper pint or a cheeky cocktail – you can find some of the country’s best food in Allerdale. We have great artisan producers too, brewing and making award-winning delicacies you won’t find anywhere else.
Find your adventure
Climb, swim, run or ride. Swing from the treetops, or head under the water. Or simply go in search of the perfect, endless view. An adventure doesn’t need adrenaline – it just needs to be something you will remember for a lifetime.
Family days out
Wildlife and history, climbing and caving, arts and crafts, stage and screen, sport and adventure – you can make some very special memories here in Allerdale. And with miles of countryside and coastline to explore, it needn’t cost you a penny.