Top Ten Things to do in the Lake District for Adults

Things to do in Cumbria need not be confined to cycling or walking trails, although any Lakeland holiday would be incomplete without exploring the Lakes on foot or bike. Here is a list of places to visit in the Lake District for adults, as well as fun activities to enhance any Lakeland break.

Theatre by the Lake in Derwentwater

A unique way of experiencing the Lake District is to spend an evening on the shores of Derwentwater in Keswick, but not just to admire a sunset or enjoy a picnic, but to watch a ballet show, or a touring theatre production or live classical music. The Theatre by the Lake plays host to all manners of entertainment to create a memorable experience of Derwent.

Lakeland Cruise on Windermere

Departing from Ambleside, Bowness or Lakeside on the shores of Windermere, the much loved cruisers the Tern or the Swan provides a great way of exploring the Lake District by water. These Lakeland cruises occur all year round and regularly throughout the day. The Ullswater Steamer provides an atmospheric cruising experience that provides links to circular routes in Ullswater.

Cream Tea in the Lakes

Idyllic teashops are aplenty in the Lakes, most popular are Dove Cottage in Rydal, former home of the Wordsworth family and Brantwood House, John Ruskin’s former abode, overlooking
Coniston Water. The Newfield Inn in Seathwaite, a 17th century inn provides a welcome respite from a trek within the Duddon Valley. Grasmere, Ambleside and Elterwater have many great cafes and restaurants to sample.

Lakeland Art

With plenty to inspire any artist within the Lakes, it is little surprise that independent art galleries dot Cumbria, including the Heaton Cooper Galleries in Grasmere and the Castlegate House Gallery in Cockermouth. Enjoying a
painting holiday in the Lakes will almost certainly reward with unique landscape art, particularly when painting plein air. The Cumberland Pencil museum in Keswick is an Aladdin’s cave of drawing art materials.

Brewery Art Centre in Kendal

For the culture junkie, this hub providing a large auditorium for dance, theatre, comedies and cinemas, as well as a bohemian bar, is a must see place in the Lake District. Located in Highgate in Kendal, look out for the Gateway Roots Music Festival in spring and the mountain Festival in September, which also performs on the Theatre by the Lake in Derwentwater. 
Mountain Biking in Grizedale
A large forest located between Coniston and Windermere, Grizedale is crisscrossed with roadless routes ideal for mountain biking or walking, dotted with Lakeland sculptures featuring animals and installations. Bike hire is available, as well as a picturesque visitor’s centre providing lots of information on this must visit place in the Lake District.

Beauty Spots in the Lake District

There is too many beauty spots to cram within a short Lakeland break, but the most notable ones are: Castlerigg Stone Circle, overlooked by Skiddaw and Blencathra; Aira Force, a 70ft waterfall in Ullswater; Wastwater, the deepest lake in England overlooked by the mighty Scafell, crowned by the BBC as Britain’s Favourite View; Hadrian’s Wall. And much more.

Dramatic Drives in the Lake District

Idyllic road routes within the Lakes will spoil the visitor for choice, but a few noteworthy ones are: Wrynose Pass and Hardknott Pass in the Duddon Valley to Eskdale, one of Britain’s steepest roads; Honister Pass from Borrowdale Road in Keswick; Kirkstone Pass from Windermere to Ullswater, and the Newlands Valley.

Outdoor Lakeland Activities

Many alternative and fun activities can be enjoyed within the Lakes as well as walking and mountain biking, including paragliding in the Eden Valley, pony trekking in Troutbeck, sphereing on Derwentwater, swimhiking across the lakes, fell running in Borrowdale and rock climbing.

Visit the Cumbrian Coast

Enjoy a seaside day on the Cartmel Peninsula, location of Grange over Sands and Morecambe Bay. Nature enthusiasts and scientists often flock to the Kent Estuary, location of nature reserves teeming with water birds and other wildlife. Grange is also worth a visit as it has some of the best ornamental gardens in the North of England.