For those who think taking a holiday in England will cost a fortune, let us put your mind at rest. The Lake District has a wealth of things to see and do which cost absolutely nothing – that’s right, totally free!
Your chance to take part in the world’s largest treasure hunt. There are literally thousands of caches hidden around the area, try to find them using your GPS device and trusty coordinates. Once you find one, sign the record, and replace it ready to be found by the next seeker.
Fabulous and free for the young or young at heart; to name pick out a few…
Brockhole Visitor Centre
Free adventure playground for 5 to 14 year olds. Packed with rope walks, slides, swings, scramble nets and zip wires, you can leave the grown-ups at the picnic tables whilst you have fun!
There's also a special separate area for under sevens, including swings and a wacky noise tunnel.
An adventure playground in itself really - a forest full of fabulous wooden sculptures, but there is also a play park area for the kids to burn off energy.
You’ll find yourself crawling through walls, abseiling, balancing on logs and swinging from the trees at Sizergh’s wild play trail, designed by the estate’s family volunteers. Starting from the car park, you’ll need to follow the clues to find the play trail, which tracks through the woods on a mile-and-a-half loop.
The adventure playground at Muncaster is just a fantastic affair - a range of equipment is available to swing, climb and slide till your hearts content. There is also plenty of space to run around and benches and picnic tables are available too.
Lakes and Mountains
You’re spoilt for choice – it’s what we’re famous for after all and nobody’s going to charge you for looking.
A tourist honey pot of course, but fantastic for family and friends alike. Check out the Glebe in Bowness-on-Windermere on a summers day, where there's plenty of space to sunbathe, enjoy the view and relax.
Spend a lazy day at Fell Foot National Park - Lakeshore park with stunning mountain views
Situated at the very southern tip of Lake Windermere, Fell Foot is a great, family friendly location to play, explore and relax. Sweeping lawns offer plenty of space for games, picnics and gentle walks, while easy lake access makes the park perfect for paddling, swimming and boating.
The Visitor Centre at Brockhole
Situated alongside Lake Windermere, so once you’re done in the adventure playground, you can wander down to the water’s edge and survey the activity.
Coniston is a great Lake to visit.
As you drive round you’ll find plenty of stop-off points for you to park up and sit right on the side of the Lake with your picnic. Next you should find yourself the smoothest, flattest stone you can - it’s always good to see who the champion skimmer in the group is!
A short sharp walk to Gummer's How
A sharp but easy climb to the top of Gummer’s How will provide you with a spectacular view of Lake Windermere and the surrounding area.
Footloose, Fresh and Free
You can’t come to the Lake District and not go walking but don’t feel you have to have all ‘the gear’ and be as fit as a butcher’s dog. Sure, there are some challenging walks for those with experience who like a challenge, but there are also ‘Miles without Stiles’ – over 40 easy routes across the National Park suitable for everyone - wheelchair users, families with pushchairs, dog walkers with less active dogs and the visually impaired, can all enjoy the fresh air and beautiful landscape.
Treat yourself to a trail
there are a number of trails to suit different abilities at Grizedale including a Stick Man trail for the little ones.
Grizedale forest provides a great day out for all levels of cyclist. There are a range of waymarked trails that lead the cyclist around the forest on forest roads and tracks
Heritage and History
The well-marked remains of a 2nd-century fort with large granaries, probably built under Hadrian's rule to guard the Roman road from Brougham to Ravenglass and act as a supply base. Ambleside Roman Fort is managed by the National Trust.
The Dock Museum
Find out more about the fascinating heritage of the area from cave finds, Viking treasure, Victorian life, Anderson shelters and the Second World War as well as Barrow’s long history building vessels
Castlerigg Stone Circle
Perhaps the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles, with panoramic views and the mountains of Helvellyn and High Seat as a backdrop. It is also among the earliest British circles, raised in about 3000 BC during the Neolithic period.