Top Family Days Out
The Lake Districts Top Family Days Out
The Guardian’s Top Picks
The Guardian newspaper selected the top 10 family days out in the Lake District. The following are in Allerdale. Whilst all those listed are great, we reckon The Guardian also missed some other great attractions too.
“There are so many natural play areas concealed within its wooded grounds that children will slip from one messy adventure into another. From the walled Bee Garden, with its heather maze and sheltered dens (perfect for picnics), you can hear shrieks coming from the adventure playground, where a zip-wire, rope climbers and balance bridges crisscross a gushing stream.”
Cruise Derwent Water
Derwent Water, located in Keswick, has a 10-mile scenic walk around the ‘Queen of the Lakes’. However, if you don’t fancy the walk around Derwent Water lake, you can get in it. Keswick Launch offer affordable boat trips and hires around the lake. You’ll be spoilt for choice between the Jetties, cruises, rowing, and motorboats. If you’re looking for something more active, there is something for you too! There are many local paddle boarding and canoeing hiring businesses around Keswick.
Cycling in Whinlatter Forest
This playground for trail bikers is England’s only mountain forest, and you do not need finely honed skills to enjoy the thrill of a two-wheeled descent. If you don’t have your own mountain bikes you can hire them at Cyclewise. Trail guides can be found at the Visitor Centre or Cyclewise shop. These contain route guides and grading details which is recommended to be read by all those attempting mountain biking for the first time.
A Walk Around Buttermere
Buttermere, the stretch of shimmering water between farmlands and fells, is perfect for a fun but chilled day out. At this lake there are no jetties, hire boats or picnic benches. The walk can take around 2-3 hour with children. Be sure to take your walking boots, the path can be bumpy in places. Along the walk there are some mini beaches along the shoreline. A perfect place for stone skimming competitions and a little paddle if the weather is hot. To keep the children sweet, there is a café to visit on the way back to the car park with delicious ice creams!