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The Lake District is THE place to be for adrenaline junkies, but what to do when you’ve got the whole family with you?  Here is our suggestion for an action-packed yet family-friendly day out.

Lake District UK
Family Fun in the Lakes

Arabian Nights
It's not all big peaks in The Lake District. There's plenty of child sized action too.

Get on your bike!

Starting in the small village of Threlkeld at the base of the Blencathra Mountain, take the gentle three mile cycle to Keswick. The route is fantastic for families as it is traffic-free and almost completely flat so little legs shouldn’t be too tired by the time you reach your destination. The disused railway path winds through the Greta Gorge and crosses the Greta River with great views throughout. The tree canopy is also an excellent sun shelter if you choose a summer’s day for your ride! The best section of cycling takes you across a wooden platform which the kids will love!

Frozen Derwent Water
Summer or winter it's a magical place. This is Derwent Water frozen over in winter.

Picnic pit stop

Once you’ve arrived in Keswick, a quick refuel will be in order. Pack a picnic and head to Fitz Park and enjoy it at one of the dedicated picnic areas with views of the river. There’s also a great children’s playground if the little ones have any steam to let off! Properly refreshed, you’ll be perfectly placed to take advantage of the area’s activities. 

Keswick Moot Hall
Keswick town has lots of amenities and things to visit

Hit the water!

Keswick is a haven for water sports and you’ll be spoilt for choice for an afternoon of family fun.  Use one of the many bike racks to keep your wheels secure and get ready for the next activity.  My recommendation would be to head to the banks of Derwent Water and hire a canoe.  However old your children are, this is a great activity. Little ones can sit back while Mum and Dad put in the hard graft or if they’re slightly older perhaps they will help take the strain!  Life jackets are provided for all the family so it’s a safe way to get out on the water together.

Kayaks at Keswick
You can rent lots of different types of boats at Derwent Water

Head indoors

If the heavens open and an outdoors activity just isn’t an option, why not opt for the indoor climbing wall just outside of Keswick? Experienced climbers who already know how to belay (hold the ropes for someone else) can get the kids climbing immediately but lessons can be booked if you need some help to begin with. This is a great family activity as everyone can climb at their own pace (or should that be height?) however old or young. The good news is that bad weather doesn’t mean you have to keep the children cooped up inside all day, the adventure can continue!

Climbing at Keswick
The Keswick Climbing Wall is a great rainy day activity for all ages

A self-catering break in the Lake District is the perfect way to get out and about as a family.  With plenty of space for the bikes, wellies and washing muddy clothes, your own holiday cottage is a great base to explore the Lakes.  Find holiday cottages in the Lake District to rent with Sykes Cottages and start planning your next family getaway.  


Disclosure Note: This post is brought to you thanks to support from Sykes Cottages.


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