The Lake District is a beautiful part of the country to visit all year round, and incredibly beautiful during spring too; in the summer season, it offers many activities and scenic routes for families to enjoy. At Mill House Cottages, you can stay at one of our cottages situated in the Lake District National Parks, allowing you to experience a great break away. With so much to offer, here are 3 things you can do in the Lake District this summer.
You can enjoy the special sight of glistening water on a hot summers day! Taking a lake cruise on Windermere, Coniston, Ullswater or Derwentwater, it can break up your scenic lakeside walk. Some of the boats have a lot of history too – the ‘steamer’ MV Tern belongs to Windermere Lakes Cruises, celebrated its 125th birthday! You can also experience Victorian travel onboard the National Trusts steam-powered yacht Gondola.
Explore Beautiful Gardens
Experience exploring some of the Lake Districts finest horticulture. One garden that looks fantastic in the summer is Levens Hall near Kendal. It also has the oldest topiary in the world, and its enormous geometric topiary of shapes sit alongside long borders filled to the brim with colour, a rose garden, an orchid, and a living willow labyrinth! Other great gardens include those at Muncaster Castle in Ravenglass, and Holehird near Windermere.
Take a Walk Through Ullswater Way
The Ullswater Way is a new 21-mile walking route around Ullswater in the Lake District. The route can be walked in either direction from any starting point, with additional pathways providing an uninterrupted walk. There’s also no need to walk the full distance, as you can break up the day with a trip on a steamer or open top bus! Here are the main sections of the walk:
- Pooley Bridge to Aira Force – with a distance of 6.5 miles, you can walk through the woodlands and fields to Maiden Castle.
- Aira Force to Glenridding – with a distance of 3 miles, you can walk down this easy well-surfaced path between Aira and Glencoyne. This section includes the magnificent waterfalls at Aira.
- Glenridding to Howtown – with a distance of 6.5 miles, this route passes King George V’s playing fields – named the ‘prettiest field in England’ by William Wordsworth.
- Howtown to Pooley Bridge – with a distance of 5 miles, the Way takes you up onto the moorland edge with extensive views over Ullswater.