Things to Do on a Family Break in the Lakes

28 September 2020

Spending too much time in your own home can leave you itching for a holiday, but a change of scenery will help you to make memories and destress. It’s possible that a family break in one of our luxury holiday cottages in the Lake District is precisely what you need right now.

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Without further ado, let’s consider some of the best activities for families who are taking a break in the Lake District.

family that hikes together stays together

Great Walks

There are so many fantastic hiking and walking opportunities for families throughout the Lake District. It doesn’t matter where in the Lakes you are, there’s always an official walking route somewhere nearby.

We have guides for a number of walks around the Lakes that you might be interested in:

You can find more on our blog.

Going on a walk is a great way to show your family how beautiful the outdoors can be and is an important experience for children who are primarily raised in the city. A great hike will also help you to better understand how fit you are.

Here are a few scientifically proven reasons why you should go outside more often:

  • Improved short-term memory
  • Restored mental energy and health
  • Stress Relief
  • Improved vision in children
  • Immune system boost

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Photo Opportunities

A change of pace will help you to make memories, but a better way to make a moment last forever is to take pictures. This is especially important for young families as children grow so quickly, and you’ll want to have an arsenal of cute baby photos to embarrass them with at future celebrations.

Full family pictures are important for your children, too. They might be the cutest, most photo-worthy members of your family, but they want to remember their time with you as much as you do. Make sure to get lots of photos with all of you together for them to look back on and enjoy when they’re older.

Of course, the Lake District has plenty of truly stunning photo opportunities. Many of the local walks will provide you with breathtaking landscapes, but if you’re not a fan of walking there are also plenty of opportunities to take a boat out on one of the many lakes. There are also a number of pretty English cafés where you can take pictures out of the weather.

happy family by the beach fun times sun golden

Fun Transportation

The primary method for getting around the lake District will be in your car, but there are plenty of ways to take a break and let someone else steer for a while. Throughout Cumbria, there are plenty of traditional steam trains, lake cruises, and open top buses for you to try.

  • The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

This railway is especially useful if you are already thinking of doing a cruise because you can combine your tickets to enjoy a round trip on both train and boat. You can start your journey in either Haverthwaite or Bowness car park, and from there, you can enjoy trains and cruises to and around Ambleside and Bowness. It’s a great way to get a real measure of the Lake District’s beauty, especially when you have a lot that you want to do in a short space of time.

  • Lake Cruises

Windermere Lake Cruises are utterly stunning. Unlike the steam trains, a day out boating will allow you and your family to enjoy an excursion in the fresh air – if that’s your thing. You’ll be able to enjoy sightseeing the shores of Lake Windermere away from the hubbub, out on the glorious waters.

beautiful journey on a lake cruise
  • Open Top Bus

Alternatively, if you’d like a break from driving to be able to appreciate the views yourself, the Lake District’s bus system is well functioning and reasonably priced. Some of the bus routes even offer open topped buses for a more exhilarating ride through the valleys, and many of the journeys come with a pre-recorded tour guide that can teach you and your children about the local history and geography.

The Lake District is a wonderful place to visit with plenty of tours, walks, cafés and high streets. Beautiful and unique at all times of year, we are certain that you can make some truly happy memories here.

You might also be able to bring the four-legged members of your family if you opt for one of our dog friendly cottages in the south Lakes – contact us for more information about our prices and availability.

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