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As one of England’s largest national parks, there are plenty of different ways to enjoy a weekend spent in the Lake District. No matter what type of weekend getaway you are after, from a relaxing break to one filled with adventure, here’s how to spend your time in the area. 


For many, a weekend in the Lake District is best spent relaxing, no matter what time of year you are visiting the area. Whether you are looking for some leisurely activities or to simply sit back and relax, the breathtaking scenery will help to melt away the stresses and worries of everyday life.

With plenty of Lake District hotels offering stunning views and spa facilities for guests to enjoy, you don’t even have to step foot outside your hotel grounds if you don’t want to. However, if you do want to do something while still spending the weekend relaxing, there are some more leisurely activities in the Lake District than hiking.

The Ullswater streamers are one of the most popular attractions, offering relaxing cruises of Ullswater all year round. Having operated for the past 150 years, these steamers operate at a leisurely pace, allowing you to take surrounding views, including the towering Helvellyn range.  

Getting Active

Those looking for an active weekend break will no doubt be swayed by the Lake District’s reputation with outdoor enthusiasts. Aside from the popular hiking and rambling routes, there are a number of other ways to spend an active weekend in the area.

The Lake District also has plenty of cycling opportunities and off-road mountain biking trails for cyclists looking to challenge themselves. Appealing for riders of all abilities, the cycling routes in the are range from green trails for beginners to black trailers that should only be attempted by seasoned off-road cyclists. 

With an abundance of fells and mountains, it should come as no surprise that you can also spend your weekend in the Lake District rock climbing. For seasoned climbers, Sheperd’s Crag is rated as one of the best climbing spots in the north of the UK, so you should definitely add it to your list of things to do over the weekend. 

Water Sports

For those looking to try out some water sports, the Lake District offers both sailing and paddle boarding opportunities in its various bodies of water. With over 16 lakes and water to choose from, you really are spoilt for choice if you are looking to take a boat out.

You can book sailing taster sessions at various locations, along with accredited courses if you are serious about picking up some sailing skills.

For something more physically challenging, you can try your hand at stand up paddle boarding for a serious workout in a beautiful setting.


For those looking to satisfy their adventurous streak, there are plenty of thrilling adventures awaiting you. Honister slate mine offers climbing adventures in the forms of its via ferrata crossing (not one for the faint of heart), and it’s indoor mine climb which is the only one like it in England.  

There’s also the Go Ape! Centre in Grizedale Forest where you can try your hand at zip trekking or take on the treetop adventure. If you are looking for something closer to the ground, the centre also offers forest segway tours.

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